Stanford grad Walsh and May-Treanor off to a good start


The U.S. women's beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Stanford grad Kerri Walsh went undefeated in its first day of pool play at the Moscow (Russia) Grand Slam, part of the 2011 FIVB Swatch World Tour on Wednesday.

May-Treanor and Walsh opened play in Pool B with a 21-16, 21-12 victory in 29 minutes over Russia's 31st-seeded Maria Ushkova and Elizaveta Ryabova.

Things got a little harder in their second pool play match against Germany's 18th-ranked Karla Borger and Britta Büthe. Borger and Büthe won the first set 22-20 before May-Treanor and Walsh came back to win the next two, 21-15, 15-11. The match took 45 minutes.

"Ever since we were kids we wanted to play Misty and Kerri; they are the best team ever," Büthe told the FIVB following the match. "For us, it was a big surprise that on the court they were just normal people. I think we won the first set because they have never played us before. After that, the pressure they put on us was too high; it was hard to concentrate."

May-Treanor and Walsh will finish pool play on Thursday against Austria's 15th-ranked Stefanie Schwaiger and Doris Schwaiger. The first round of single-elimination play will also begin on Thursday.

— USA Volleyball

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