Stanford grad Kerri Walsh just keeps winning. Walsh and beach volleyball teammate Misty May-Treanor won the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour Beijing Grand Slam in China on Saturday, beating Germany's Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler, 21-14, 24-26, 15-9, in the championship match.
May-Treanor and Walsh lost their first match, to Americans Angie Akers and Nicole Branagh, in pool play. They won six straight victories to win their 14th Grand Slam title and 36th FIVB World Tour championship. They split the top prize of $43,500.
"We are very happy to win the tournament," May-Treanor said. "I am just proud of our team, proud of how we stick together after we lost the first match in the pool play and we were able to bounce back and just get stronger to win the tournament."
Walsh, who took time off last year to have a baby, said she appreciates her support group, which includes husband Casey Jennings, a professional beach volleyball player in his own right.
"I work very hard and I have an amazing partner," Walsh said. "I have an amazing husband and I want this very badly. This is my dream to be a mother and to be competing in the sport I love. When you have a big dream, you'll do everything to make it happen."
The women's U.S. National Team, meanwhile, finished fourth at the Montreaux Volley Masters after dropping a 16-25, 25-13, 29-27, 25-23 decision to China on Sunday in Montreaux, Switzerland.
Stanford grad Kristin Richards had five kills and 12 digs coming off the bench for the U.S. Also playing for the USA is Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo.
Stanford sophomore Andrew Yun went undefeated to help the United States win five of the eight final-round singles matches and claim the Palmer Cup at The Stanwich Club, 13-11, in Greenwich. Conn.
The U.S. won its second straight Palmer Cup from Europe, giving the Americans an 8-6-1 lead in the all-time series.
Yun, who became just the 13th competitor in the history of the event to post a perfect 4-0 record at the matches, defeated UCLA's Pontus Widegren, 1-up to clinch the victory for Team USA.