Jen Kessy hits against the block of Kerri Walsh during their match on June 10 in Moscow.
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 10, 2012) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh has advanced to Monday’s semifinals of the Moscow Grand Slam in Russia, part of the 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour.
In The Chase for London, both U.S. men’s beach volleyball teams of Matt Fuerbringer/Nick Lucena and Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal have advanced to Round 2 of the men’s bracket.
On Sunday, May-Treanor (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Walsh (San Jose, Calif.), seeded No. 6, won their second-round match over Russia’s No. 9 Anastasia Vasina and Anna Vozakova, 21-14, 21-15 in 29 minutes.
The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Jen Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.), the No. 4 seed, had a tougher time in the second round, needing 57 minutes to beat Italy’s No. 8 Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti, 21-17, 24-26, 15-13.
In the third round, May-Treanor and Walsh beat Kessy and Ross, 21-19, 21-19 in 41 minutes.
May-Treanor and Walsh trailed a long time due to Ross’s strong serving. Kessy and Ross were as many as five points ahead until May-Treanor and Walsh tied it at 17-17.
In the second set the 2004 and 2008 Olympic champions took a lead right away with May-Treanor finishing the game at their first set point with a topspin shot down the line.
May-Treanor knew Kessy and Ross were going to target her.
“I had all my attention on receiving and getting the ball to Kerri, so my focus on spiking was less. I made some hitting errors in the beginning, but later on I tried to be more aggressive in the spiking,” May-Treanor said in an FIVB press release.
The U.S. teams have played each other 30 times before, with May-Treanor and Walsh winning 25.
Despite knowing each other so well, they do not change tactics.
“Actually all matches against them is a game of consistency, not making any errors. Play crisp and clear,” said May-Treanor, who has said she will stop playing after the 2012 Olympic Games.
“We played almost 12 years on the World Tour. It is the beginning of a new chapter, have children and things like that. But I hope we can do well these last tournaments and leave some footprints behind in beach volleyball.”
May-Treanor and Walsh will play Brazil’s No. 2-seeded Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca in Monday’s semifinals.
The Chase for London
Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) went into Moscow trailing Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) by 40 points in the race for the second men’s slot on the U.S. Olympic beach volleyball team.
Both teams won their final pool play matches on Sunday to advance directly to the second round.
Fuerbringer and Lucena, seeded No. 7, defeated No. 10 Yaroslav Koshkarev and Konstantin Semenov due to a forfeit.
On Monday, Fuerbringer and Lucena will play Latvia’s 13th-seeded Aleksandrs Samoilous and Ruslans Sorokins in the second round.
Gibb and Rosenthal, seeded No. 9, went 1-1 in pool play on Saturday; but came back Sunday with a 21-19, 21-15 victory in 37 minutes over Switzerland’s No. 25-seeded Sasha Heyer and Sebastian Chevallier.
Gibb and Rosenthal will play Germany’s 19th-seeded Sebastian Dollinger and Stefan Windscheif in Monday’s second round.
For more information on The Chase for London, visit the USAV web site.
For complete information about the 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour, visit their web site.