Two U.S. Teams Earn Podium Spots in Austria

Aug. 01, 2009, 2:20 p.m. (ET)

Maura Gladys
Intern, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6886

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 1, 2009) - Two U.S. women’s beach teams earned podium spots, while one men’s team advanced to the semifinal of the A1 Grand Slam 09 presented by Volksbank on Saturday in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Fourth-ranked Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) and Elaine Youngs (El Toro, Calif.) took the silver medal after an 0-2 (12-21, 15-21) loss to gold-medal winners, third-ranked Larissa Franca and Juliana Felisberta Da Silva of Brazil. Branagh and Youngs advanced to the final after a close 2-0 (22-20, 21-17) semifinal win over fellow Americans Jen Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.).

Kessy and Ross, seeded second, followed up the loss with a 2-0 (21-18, 21-19) win over ninth-ranked Sara Montagnolli and Barbara Hansel of Austria in the third-place match. The bronze medal marks the second consecutive podium appearance for the duo who won gold at the World Series 13 Grand Chelem in Marseille, France.

In the men’s tournament, Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) defeated sixth-seeded David Klemperer and Eric Koreng of Germany, 2-0 (21-14, 21-17) in the second elimination round to advance to the third round. They beat 12th-ranked Marcio Araujo and Fabio Luiz of Brazil, 2-0 (21-18, 21-14) to set up a semifinal matchup with 13th-seeded Igor Kolodinsky and Dmitri Barsouk of Russia.

Coming off of its upset of fifth-ranked Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego of Brazil, the team of Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) fell 2-0 (21-19, 21-11) to second-seeded Brazilians Harley Marques Silva and Alison Cerutti of Brazil.

Casey Jennings (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.) fell in the second round as well, losing 1-2 (11-21, 21-18, 9-15) to seventh-seeded Benjamin Insfran and Pedro Salgado of Brazil.

The men’s semifinals will take place Sunday followed immediately by the championship match.

More information and a complete list of entries are available on the FIVB beach volleyball web site at