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Beach Volleyball - 24. July 2007.

Top U.S. Beach Volleyball Teams Look to Conquer at Worlds

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 23, 2007) –

Slated to compete for the United States on the women’s side are: Kerri Walsh (Santa Clara, Calif.) and Misty May-Treanor (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) and Elaine "Ey" Youngs (El Toro, Calif.), Jen Boss (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Newport Beach, Calif.), and Rachel Wacholder (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Tyra Turner (Fort Meyers
Beach, Fla.).

Walsh-May-Treanor are vying for their third consecutive SWATCH-FIVB World Championship. Walsh-May-Treanor won their first title in 2003 by downing third-seeded Shelda Kelly and Adriana Behar from Brazil, in straight sets 21-19. The following SWATCH-FIVB World Championship was much of the same in 2005, meeting another Brazilian duo of Juliana Felisberta Da Silva and Larissa França in the finals. As the 19th-seed, Walsh-May-Treanor defeated the top-seeded Juliana-Larissa in straight sets, 21-17.

To this point along the 2007 SWATCH-FIVB World Championship Beach Volley World Tour, the pair has claimed top-honors in three of four events they have played in and earned $142,000 in winnings.

Prior to Walsh and May-Treanor’s dominance on the sand at the SWATCH-FIVB World Championship, two tandems from Brazil won back-to-back beach titles. Since the SWATCH-FIVB World Championship began in 1997, teams from the United and Brazil have met in the championship match on four occasions. In 2001 the gold medal match pitted two Brazilian teams against each other.

Gstaad has been a favorable playing ground for Walsh-May-Treanor, winning gold medals in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. In their first stop in Gstaad, the duo earned a bronze medal. Prior to teaming with Walsh, May-Treanor finished as runner-up with Holly McPeak in 2000.

The pair of Boss- Ross posted this season’s most “stunning” gold-medal finish by winning the Norwegian grand slam in Stavanger. After winning country quota and qualifying matches to advance to the Main Draw, Boss-Ross became the lowest seeded team (29) to win a women’s SWATCH event. The duo has played in three SWATCH-FIVB events and has earned $142,000 in winnings.

Branagh-Youngs have placed as high as fourth since teaming together in 2006. That particular win came at Victoria, Brazil, in their first competition as a pair. During the 2007 season the duo has recorded two fifth-place finishes in three events.

The SWATCH-FIVB World Championship marks only the fourth event that Wacholder-Turner have played in together. Wacholder-Turner opened play together with a third-place showing on the Tour’s stop in Paris, but failed to duplicate such a performance while playing in Stavanger, Norway, and Berlin, Germany, finishing 41st and 17th, respectively

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