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Branagh, Youngs Take Bronze in Gstaad

July 11, 2009, 3:29 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 11, 2009) – The USA Volleyball women’s beach team of Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs took the bronze medal on Saturday at the Gstaad Grand Slam, part of the 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Tour.

The fourth-seeded Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) and Youngs (El Toro, Calif.) defeated 13th-seeded Sanne Keizer and Marleen Van Iersel of The Netherlands, 2-0 (21-14, 21-17) in 39 minutes.

Branagh and Youngs advanced to the bronze medal match after falling in the semifinals to Brazil’s second-seeded Talita Antunes and Maria Antonelli, 0-2 (14-21, 17-21) in 39 minutes.

Talita and Maria went on to defeat compatriots Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca, ranked third, in the gold-medal match, 2-1 (21-17, 16-21, 15-12) in 58 minutes.

In the men’s bracket, both remaining teams bowed out on Saturday.

Sixth-seeded Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) defeated Brazil’s sixth-ranked Benjamin Insfran and Pedro Salgado in the second round, 2-0 (21-19, 21-10) in 45 minutes. But the Olympic gold medalists fell in the quarterfinals to Spain’s 11th-seeded Adrian Gavira Collado and Pablo Herrera, 1-2 (19-21, 21-16, 12-15) in 56 minutes.

The U.S. men’s team of Casey Jennings (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.), seeded seventh, fell in the second round to 29th-ranked Martin Laciga and Jefferson Bellaguarda of Switzerland, 1-2 (23-25, 21-16, 8-15) in 72 minutes.

The men’s medal matches will be played on Sunday.

Matches can be seen live at Universal Sports.

More information and complete results and photos are available at http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVolleyball/index.asp.

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