Taryn Kloth & Kristen Nuss triumphed at the very end of the international beach volleyball season as 2023 Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Finals champions in Doha. This way the trophy took off for the United States for the second consecutive time, after the inaugural event was won by American compatriots Sara Hughes & Kelly Cheng. It was the third high-level gold for Kloth & Nuss this year, after the victories at the La Paz Challenge and the Uberlandia Elite16. That makes a total of five golds for the American pair on the Beach Pro Tour, with the two trophies from 2022. Their total medal count on the Tour improved to eight.
Perfect ending for Nuss & Kloth in Doha
Muller & Tillmann claim Finals silver, Ana Patricia & Duda settle for bronze
Published 06:35, 09 Dec 2023
The Finals silver was earned by Germany’s Cinja Tillmann & Svenja Muller. It was their first silver on the Tour, in addition to the one gold and one bronze in their collection.
The bronze went to the number one team in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Ranking, Ana Patricia Ramos & Eduarda Santos Lisboa (Duda) of Brazil. That brings their total Beach Pro Tour count to 14 podiums.
Despite the five aces the Germans piled up during the final, the match was quite a one-sided affair, with the unforced errors making the biggest difference towards the Americans’ emphatic 2-0 (21-17, 21-14) success. Taryn Kloth topped the scorers’ chart of the game with 17 points to her name. Her tally included 12 spike kills, three kill blocks and two aces. Kristen Nuss added another 13 points, including one ace. On the German side, Svenja Muller scored 14 times, while Cinja Tillmann finished with 12 points.
“This was match number 92 of the season. It’s been a long season. We started here, we ended here – great job!” Kloth exclaimed after the game. “It was definitely a progression, but we had so many highs and lows. There are so many different memories that we go back to. Sometimes we got celebrate and sometimes we had to be sad and sometimes we had to work through everything, so it’s been a great long season.”
“That is just absolutely unreal! We take so much pride representing our country. It’s a credit to the work ethic we put in and to our coach back home and all the support we get,” Nuss added.
In the third-place match, Ana Patricia & Duda claimed a 2-1 (21-13, 18-21, 15-12) win over Australia’s Mariafe Artacho Del Solar & Taliqua Clancy, also capitalizing on the abundant unforced errors of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medallists that made the biggest difference in the game. Ana Patricia led the winners with 25 points, including four kill blocks and an ace, while Duda added another 17 points, all in attack. Clancy piled up an impressive 33 points to top the scorers’ chart of the match.
In the first semifinal earlier on Saturday, Muller & Tillmann produced a 2-1 (21-18, 17-21, 17-15) upset of Ana Patricia & Duda after denying two Brazilian match points in the tie-breaker. The Germans outplayed the Brazilians mainly from the serving line, hammering out seven aces towards the victory. Five of them were authored by Tillmann, who was the best scorer of the match with a total of 24 points. In the second semifinal, Nuss & Kloth took revenge from Mariafe & Clancy for the straight-set defeat in their Pool B encounter and mastered a 2-0 (21-19, 21-13) shutout to push through to the gold medal match. Nuss topped the scorers’ chart of the match with 17 points, including two aces, while Kloth raised four kill blocks to finish with 14 points.