May-Treanor, Walsh Get to Gstaad Semifinals

By Deb Stadick | July 06, 2012, 7:56 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 6, 2012) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh is slated to compete in Saturday’s semifinal match at the 1 to 1 Energy Grand Slam, part of the 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour, in Gstaad, Switzerland.

May-Treanor (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Walsh (San Jose, Calif.), seeded No. 6 at Gstaad, are still looking for their first gold medal of the season.

On the men’s side, the teams of Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers, Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal and Matt Fuerbringer/Nick Lucena will advance to the second round of single-elimination play on Saturday.

May-Treanor and Walsh received a bye in the first round of single-elimination on Friday. In the second round, they defeated Switzerland’s Romana Kayser and Joana Heidrich (No. 29), 21-16, 21-17 in 35 minutes.

In their third-round match, May-Treanor and Walsh earned a victory over their No. 4-seeded U.S. teammates Jen Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) 14-21, 21-16, 15-9 in 47 minutes.

May-Treanor and Walsh are slated to face Switzerland’s No. 8-seeded Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr in Saturday’s semifinal match.

Kessy and Ross received a bye in the first round of single-elimination. In the second round, they defeated Czech Republic’s 26th-seeded Martina Bonnerova and Barbora Hermannova 21-19, 21-16 in 37 minutes.

Kessy and Ross finish their run at Gstaad in fifth place.

No. 16 Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brooke Hanson (Ventura, Calif.) fell to Slovokia’s Natalia Dubovcova and Dominika Nestarcova (No. 22), 18-21, 17-21 in 37 minutes in the first round of single elimination. They finished Gstaad in 17th place.

Jenny Kropp (Grand Island, Neb.) and Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.), seeded No. 22, fell in the first round of single-elimination to Germany’s 17th-seeded Karla Borger and Britta Buthe, 18-21, 19-21 in 38 minutes. They finished Gstaad in 17th place.

On the men’s side, No. 1 Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Calif.) and Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) finished pool play with a win by forfeit over New Zealand’s 16th-seeded Jason Lochhead and Kirk Pitman.

The Olympic-bound duo received a first-round bye in single elimination. They are slated to face Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Ruslans Sorokins (No. 4) in the second round on Saturday.

The third round of single-elimination play will also take place on Saturday.

Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.), seeded No. 3 at Gstaad, concluded pool play with a win over Germany’s No. 14-seeded Sebastian Dollinger and Stefan Windscheif, 12-21, 21-12, 17-15 in 47 minutes.

Gibb and Rosenthal earned a first-round victory over the Czech Republic’s 15th-seeded Premysl Kubala and Petr Benes, 21-19, 21-15 in 36 minutes.

On Saturday, Gibb and Rosenthal are slated to face the Polish team of Michal Kadziola and Jakub Szalankiewicz (No. 21).

Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) received the No. 7 seed at Gstaad. They closed pool play with a loss to Switzerland’s 10th-seeded Patrick Heuscher and Jefferson Bellaguarda 18-21, 12-21 in 37 minutes.

In the first round of single elimination, Fuerbringer and Lucena tallied a win over the Venezuelan team of Farid Mussa and Jackson Henriquez (No. 32), 21-17, 22-24, 15-12 in 59 minutes.

Fuerbringer and Lucena are slated to face the No. 24-seeded Swiss team of Martin Laciga and Jonas Weingart in their second-round match on Saturday.

Casey Jennings (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Billy Strickland (Malibu, Calif.), seeded No. 26, fell to Brazil’s No. 23-seeded Thiago Santos Barbosa and Rhooney de Oliveira Ferramenta 17-21, 18-21 in 41 minutes. Jennings and Strickland finished Gstaad in 25th place.