B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 9, 2008) - Second-seeded Jen Boss (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) reigned supreme at the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour Phuket Thailand Open at the Karon Beach on Sunday after defeating U.S. countrywomen Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) and Tyra Turner (Fort Myers Beach, Fla.) in the finale.
Boss and Ross, who did not lose a single match en route to the all-Americans showdown, came from behind to defeat Branagh and Turner, 18-21, 21-14, 15-12, and share the first-prize money of US$32,000 plus 600 ranking points.
It was Boss' and Ross' first gold-medal win on the SWATCH FIVB Tour this season.
Last weekend, the team finished second in Dubai after losing to Branagh and Kerri Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.) in the final.
"It will always be tough whenever we have to play teams from the same country. It's also difficult to beat them twice in the tournament. However, as we are playing better and better each game, we just played consistently in the final. It's good to win here," Ross told the FIVB.
"We were not nervous playing the first set, which we lost, but it was just because we tried hard to win. We regained our composure and recovered fast in the second set. As our confidence was boosted, we had no problem in the third set. It's really great to win eventually this season," Boss added.
"Boss and Ross played very well in the tough first set, but we just played consistently," Branagh said. "That's why we won the first set."
"In the second set, they (Boss and Ross) made a superb form. We tried to catch them in the last set, but failed. Despite the loss, I admit that we had a good time here. I will come back next year and bring family with me," Turner added
Boss said, "After this, both teams will fly to China for the Sanya Open. I hope to win again there, but it must be much tougher than this due to the presence of strong teams from hosts China."
In the bronze medal match, eighth-seeded Geeske Banck and Anja Günther defeated 13th-seeded Australians Tamsin Barnett and Becchara Palmer, playing in their first SWATCH FIVB World Tour event together, in straight sets 21-14 21-18 in 43 minutes.
In the award presentation on Sunday, winners Ross and Boss received plaque, gold medals and the first-prize money while second-placed Branagh and Turner took the silver medal plus the US$19,500 check.
Ross won the SWATCH Most utstanding Player award.
For more information, visit the FIVB beach web site at http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVolleyball/index.asp.