Gold Medalists Upset at AVP's Atlanta Stop

June 02, 2009, 12:40 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 1, 2009) – The beach volleyball team of John Hyden and Sean Scott upset 2008 Olympic gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers at the AVP Crocs Tour Atlanta Open on Sunday.

Hyden (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Scott (Redondo Beach, Calif.), seeded second, defeated top-ranked Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) , 2-1 (21-14, 18-21, 19-17) in one hour, 16 minutes in Sunday’s final.

Hyden and Scott finished the match with 16 kills each, while Scott led the duo in blocks with six. The pair went undefeated in the tournament and disposed of the fifth-seeded team of Brad Keenan (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Nick Lucena (Santa Barbara, Calif.), 2-0 (21-12, 21-14) on their way to the finals. Sunday’s victory was the duo’s first as a team.

On the women’s side, top-ranked 2008 Olympians Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) and Elaine Youngs (El Toro, Calif.) defeated the second-seeded team of Dianne DeNecochea (San Diego, Calif.) and Carrie Dodd (Hermosa Beach, Calif.), 2-1 (19-21, 21-19, 15-8) in one hour, 10 minutes.

Youngs led the duo with 16 kills and three blocks, while Branagh contributed with 15 kills and two aces. This win improves the pair’s record to 30-1 on the season and is Young’s 47th tournament victory of her career, moving her into seventh place on the all-time career wins list.

Branagh and Youngs defeated the third-seeded Annett Davis (Long Beach, Calif.) and Jenny Johnson Jordan (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) in the semifinals.

The next stop on the AVP tour will be in Ocean City, Md., on June 18-21.

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