Beach Teams Keep Busy Schedules Post-Beijing
Contact: B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Release by: Jeff Lajoie
Intern, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 15, 2008) – After great success at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball teams have been keeping busy, both on and off the sand with appearances and tournaments for all four squads.
Gold medalists Misty May-Treanor (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.) made the talk show rounds after Beijing, with appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. The duo appeared with Letterman on Aug. 27 while Oprah’s “Welcome Home Team USA” featured more than 175 Olympic Games medalists and aired on Sept. 8.
May-Treanor has also been practicing hard for her upcoming appearance on the seventh season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” May-Treanor will be paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, a Ukrainian-born 28-year-old professional dancer who is a veteran of the show. The season premiere is scheduled for Sept. 22.
May-Treanor will also play herself in an upcoming episode of The Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.” The episode air date has not yet been announced.
Walsh has made numerous appearances, including a visit to her alma mater, Archbishop Mitty High School. She dedicated a beach volleyball court that was largely funded by her foundation. The school also retired the No. 9 jersey she wore as both a volleyball and basketball player.
On the court, the pair’s incredible 112-match win streak came to a halt soon after the Olympics. At the AVP Crocs Cup Shootout Cincinnati held Aug. 29-31, May-Treanor and Walsh were defeated in the finals by fellow Olympians, Elaine Youngs (El Toro, Calif.) and Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.), 21-19, 10-21, 25-23. The loss also snapped the gold medalists’ streak of 19 straight tournament championships. Their last loss also came at the hands of Youngs and Branagh, on Aug. 19, 2007.
A week later in the second AVP Tour event since Beijing, May-Treanor and Walsh were upset in the semifinals of the AVP Crocs Cup Shootout Santa Barbara, this time falling to Americans’ Jennifer Boss (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.), 21-18, 15-21, 20-18.
After capturing the Cincinnati crown, Olympic quarterfinalists’ Youngs and Branagh also fell in the semifinals in Santa Barbara, losing to eventual champions Annett Davis (Long Beach, Calif.) and Jenny Johnson Jordan (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), 21-18, 21-23, 15-12. The week before in Cincinnati, Youngs and Branagh defeated Davis and Johnson Jordan, 20-22, 21-19, 15-11, to advance to the finals against May-Treanor and Walsh.
On Sunday (Sept. 14), May-Treanor and Walsh defeated Branagh and Youngs, 21-16, 21-12 to win the AVP Shootout event in San Francisco.
On the men’s side, Olympic gold medalists Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Calif.) and Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.), who also appeared on Oprah, continued their dominance on the beach, winning the AVP Crocs Cup Shootouts in both Cincinnati and Santa Barbara. The wins were the 10th on the AVP Tour this season for the pair and their 14th overall in 2008. Since teaming up in 2006, Dalhausser and Rogers have won 34 tournaments.
In Cincinnati on Aug. 29-31, Dalhausser and Rogers didn’t drop a single set, defeating Nick Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Calif.) and Sean Scott (Kailua, Hawai’i), 21-15, 21-19, in the finals. At the same tournament, Olympic quarterfinalists’ Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) fell in the semifinals to Lucena and Scott, 21-15, 21-13.
In Santa Barbara, Rogers returned to his hometown and the pair knocked off Gibb and Rosenthal, 28-26, 21-18, before winning an extremely close match in the finals. Dalhausser and Rogers won the crown with a win over John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Brad Keenan (Westminster, Calif.), 16-21, 21-19, 20-18. In Game 3, Dalhausser and Rogers trailed 14-9, one point from defeat before rattling off five straight points and eventually pulling out the victory.
On Sunday (Sept. 14) Gibb and Rosenthal defeated Dalhausser and Rogers, 11-22, 21-19, 15-13, at the AVP Shootout event in San Francisco.
Off the court, Dalhausser and Rogers both appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and were also both awarded the key to the city of Mason, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. They were honored by the City of Santa Barbara with a letter of recognition from the mayor. In addition, Rogers returned to San Marcos High School, his alma mater, to address the student body on Sept. 5.