Sunday, May 18, 2008

US men & women net bronze in FIVB tournaments

by Unknown at 1:13 PM

US men's and women's teams both won bronze this weekend at FIVB beach volleyball tournaments in Italy and South Korea, respectively.

Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs (2) defeated the #1 seed in rainy conditions to take third place at the FIVB Seoul Open, winning 21-19, 13-21, 15-7.

At the FIVB Italian Open, Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser (1) took third by beating tour leaders Ricardo-Emanuel (2) in two long games, 24-22, 26-24. This finish now officially qualifies the pair for the Beijing Olympics.

The US have made a strong international showing so far this year, earning three bronzes and a gold in five tournaments.

photo: fivb