Stanford grad Kerri Walsh and teammate Misty May-Treanor won their second gold medal of the season Saturday, beating Brazil's Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca, 23-21 21-15, in a mere 39 minutes at the FIVB Swatch Moscow Grand Slam in Russia.
The Americans snapped a three-match losing streak to the Brazilians in earning their 37th FIVB World Tour title. It was their first victory in Russia.
"We did not want to lose again," Walsh said. "A couple of consecutive losses is a great motivation. Also we had not won a gold medal for some time."
Juliana and Larissa started well and were three points up until May-Treanor and Walsh rallied to win on their second set point. The Brazilians never got back into it during the second set.
"I think they were tired, having played almost every final in the last few weeks," Walsh said. "Also it was pretty windy and we used that to our advantage."
Walsh and May-Treanor shared the $43,500 prize and improved their head-to-head results against the Brazilians to 12-6.
May-Treanor and Walsh advanced by beating Italy's Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti in Saturday's semifinals, 21-15 21-16, reversing a loss to the Italians in last week's Gstaad Grand Slam semifinal.
Canada is the site of next week's event for the $380,000 Quebec Open.
Stanford grad Julia Smit, 10th in the world in the women's 200 IM won the event in 2:13.44 on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Invitational.
Australia's Ellen Fullerton took second in 2:14.33, while Stanford's Felicia Lee was third in 2:14.93.