Sunday, August 17, 2008

Beijing: First American team falls

by Unknown at 5:43 AM

Nicole Branagh and Elaine YoungsAny hopes of an all-American final in women's beach volleyball were dashed when China's Chen Xue and Zhang Xi knocked out Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs, 21-17, 21-13.

Strong blocking by Xue, and a litany of errors by Branagh-Youngs in the second set helped seal the Americans' fates.

The strongly favored team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are the remaining U.S. team in the women's tournament.