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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 25, 2007)
May-Treanor and Walsh defeated their compatriots Tyra Turner (Fort Meyers Beach, Fla.) and Rachel Wacholder (Laguna Beach, Calif.) on Wednesday, 2-0 (21-9, 21-14). May-Treanor and Walsh will finish pool play on Thursday with a match against 24th-ranked Mika Teru Saiki and Chiaki Kusuhara of Japan.
Turner and Wacholder, ranked 25th, will look for their second pool-play victory against 48th-seeded Judith Augoustides and Leigh-Ann Naidoo of South Africa.
The U.S. team of Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) and Elaine Youngs (El Toro, Calif.), seeded ninth, also improved its record on Wednesday at the expense of another U.S. team when it handed Jen Boss (San Juan Capistrano) and April Ross (Newport Beach, Calif.) their second pool-play loss in an almost hour-long battle, 2-1 (15-21, 22-20, 16-14).
Branagh and Youngs will face the 33rd-seeded duo of Vassiliki Koutroumanidou and Vassiliki Tsiartsiani of Greece on Thursday. Boss and Ross, ranked 16th, will go up against Canada’s 40th-seeded Dana Cooke and Annie Martin.
On the men’s side, fourth-seeded Phil Dalhausser (Orlando, Fla.) and Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) continued their winning ways with a defeat of Netherlands’ 28th-seeded Emiel Boersma and Bram Ronnes, 2-1 (21-23, 21-15, 15-7). Dalhausser and Rogers will play their final pool-play match on Thursday against Renato Geor and Jorge Gia of Georgia, seeded 21st.
Tenth-ranked Mike Lambert (Kaneohe, Hawaii) and Stein Metzger (Honolulu, Hawaii) defeated Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Martins Plavins, ranked 34th, on Thursday in a 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-10) battle. Lambert and Metzger must come back on Thursday to face 15th-seeded David Klemperer and Eric Koreng of Germany.
Finally, 14th-seeded Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) rolled past 38th-ranked Vegard Hoidalen and Kjell Arne Goranson of Norway, 2-0 (21-13, 21-19). In the same pool, U.S. wild card entry Jason Ring (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Kevin Wong (Venice, Calif.) forfeited their match against 11th-seeded Richard Schuil and Reinder Nummerdor of the Netherlands and suffered their second loss.
No. 29 Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Sean Scott (Kailua, Hawai’i) suffered their second loss at the hands of Germany’s fifth-seeded Julius Brink and Christoph Dieckmann, who defeated the Americans, 2-0 (21-19, 22-20). Fuerbringer and Scott will play a final pool-play match on Thursday against Germany’s Florian Huth and Kjell Schneider, ranked 44th.
Pool-play concludes Thursday with the top-32 teams advancing. From there the field will be cut in half to 16. The women will narrow the teams from 32 to eight by playing through the quarterfinals all day Friday. The men’s round of 32 will be played out Friday, with 16 moving forward to Saturday.
More information is available on the FIVB beach volleyball web site at www.fivb.org/en/BeachVolleyball/index.asp.
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photos Janos Schmidt