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U.S. Beach Teams Lead Brazil After Day 1

Sept. 26, 2009, 2:53 a.m. (ET)

Release courtesy of the AVP

GLENDALE, Ariz. (Sept. 25, 2009) – The United States leads Brazil 10-6 after two rounds of pool play at the AVP World Challenge: USA vs. Brazil presented by Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Ariz.

Back-to-back Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.) remain undefeated in May-Treanor’s return to professional beach volleyball after an absence of more than a year, while 2008 Olympic gold medalists Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) are the only team on the men’s side of the competition to maintain a perfect 2-0 record.

May-Treanor and Walsh started Friday with a 21-13, 17-21, 15-8 defeat of Brazilians Vanilda Leao and Angela Vieira, then went on to take down Shaylyn Bede and Ana Paula Connelly, 21-16, 21-14.

“It’s fun being back, and the Brazilians are always tough competition,” May-Treanor said. “Kerri and I have good chemistry, but we need to tweak our game a little bit. I’d put myself at 75 percent right now.”

“It’s poignant, playing together again,” Walsh said. “It’s appropriate that we’re playing the Brazilians, we’ve spent a lot of time playing against them over the years.”

Along with May-Treanor and Walsh, 2009 FIVB World Champions Jen Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) retained a 2-0 record through Friday’s play. They first defeated Shaylyn and Ana Paula, 20-22, 21-14, 19-17, then Vanilda and Angela 23-21, 23-21. Also undefeated are Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca, who first beat out Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) and Elaine Youngs (El Toro, Calif.), 21-11, 21-15, then Annett Davis (Long Beach, Calif.) and Jenny Johnson Jordan (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), 21-16, 21-16.

On the men’s side, Dalhausser and Rogers are the only team, American or Brazilian, to maintain an undefeated 2-0 record. They first defeated Joao “Billy” Maciel and Bruno Oscar Schmidt, 21-18, 17-21, 15-10, then Alison Cerutti and Harley Marques Silva, 23-21, 21-14.

For complete results from Glendale, click here.

avpTV will stream more than 10 hours live from the World Challenge. To give Americans and Brazilians alike the chance to watch live coverage, English and Portuguese feeds will be available on AVP.com. Tune in Saturday for round-robin matches from approximately 7:45 p.m.-1:30 a.m. and Sunday for medal matches from approximately 12:15-5 p.m. EDT. To start watching avpTV for free, click here.

The AVP World Challenge: USA vs. Brazil presented by Sanderson Ford continues Saturday at 8:15 a.m. MST. Gold medal matches will be televised nationally on Versus Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. EDT.

Schedule for Saturday (times MST):

Day Session
8 a.m. - John Hyden/Sean Scott vs. Joao Maciel/Bruno Oscar Schmidt (Stadium)
8 a.m. - Brad Keenan/Nick Lucena vs. Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos (Court 1)
9 a.m. - Jake Gibb/Matt Olson vs. Alison Cerutti/Harley Marques Silva (Court 1)
9 a.m. - Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers vs. Benjamin Insfran/Pedro Salgado (Stadium)
10 a.m. - Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh vs. Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes (Stadium)
10 a.m. - Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan vs. Shaylyn Bede/Ana Paula Connelly (Court 1)
11 a.m. - Nicole Branagh/Elaine Youngs vs. Vanilda Leao/Angela Vieira (Court 1)
11 a.m. - Jen Kessy/April Ross vs. Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca (Stadium)
Noon - Jake Gibb/Matt Olson vs. Joao Maciel/Bruno Oscar Schmidt (Court 1)
Noon - Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers vs. Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos (Stadium)

Night Session
4:45 p.m. - Nicole Branagh/Elaine Youngs vs. Shaylyn Bede/Ana Paula Connelly (Stadium)
4:45 p.m. - Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan vs. Vanilda Leao/Angela Vieira (Court 1)
5:45 p.m. - Jen Kessy/April Ross vs. Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes (Stadium)
6:45 p.m. - John Hyden/Sean Scott vs. Alison Cerutti/Harley Marques Silva (Stadium)
7:45 p.m. - Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh vs. Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca (Stadium)
8:45 p.m. - Brad Keenan/Nick Lucena vs. Benjamin Insfran/Pedro Salgado (Stadium)

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