Walsh, Fuerbringer win one, lose one


The U.S. fourth-ranked team of Misty May-Treanor and Stanford grad Kerri Walsh defeated fellow Americans fifth-seeded Jen Kessy and April Ross, 17-21, 21-18, 15-11, on Thursday at the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour Paf Open in Aland, Finland.

However, May-Treanor and Walsh fell in the fourth round to Brazil's top-seeded Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca, 21-19, 21-15 in 33 minutes.

"Juliana and Larissa played really well against us," May-Treanor told the FIVB. "The stuff that we could control, we didn't, and we made a lot of errors. The match with April and Jennifer should have prepared us because we want to play tough games."

The U.S. pair will play a consolation match on Friday against the winner of the all-German match between 11th-ranked Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig and 26th-seeded Jana Köhler and Julia Sude.

Kessy and Ross will play Brazil's eighth-seeded Maria Clara Salgado Rufino and Carolina Solberg Salgado in consolation on Friday.

The top-seeded men's team of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers won two matches on Wednesday and is the only U.S. team still undefeated in the tournament.

Dalhausser and Rogers opened the day with a 21-17, 21-17 win in 42 minutes over Sweden's 32nd-ranked Daniel Andersson and Bjorn Berg in the first round.

n the second round, Dalhausser and Rogers defeated 16th-ranked Tarjei Skarlund and Martin Spinnangr of Norway, 21-16, 21-16 in 38 minutes.

"It went really well," Rogers told the FIVB after the second match. "The Norwegians served really tough, but we won. We won both games today and that is great."

In Friday's third round, the U.S. team is scheduled to take on Czech Republic's eighth-seeded Petr Benes and Premysl Kubala.

The 11th-ranked U.S. team of Stanford grad Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena opened with a first-round win over New Zealand's 22nd-seeded Jason Lochhead and Kirk Pitman, 21-17, 21-12 in 37 minutes.

However, Fuerbringer and Lucena lost their second-round match to Germany's sixth-ranked Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik, 23-21, 21-19 in 44 minutes. They will play Thursday in the consolation bracket against Switzerland's 21st-ranked Martin Laciga and Jonas Weingart.

Casey Patterson and Bradley Keenan, ranked 23rd, also won their first-round match against Finland's 10th-seeded Timo Haavisto and Toni Vahela, 21-18, 21-11 in 30 minutes. Patterson and Keenan lost to Russia's seventh-seeded Konstantin Semenov and Yaroslav Koshkarev, 21-13, 21-15 in 32 minutes.

The U.S. team will play Sweden's ninth-seeded Stefan Gunnarsson and Hannes Brinkborg in the consolation bracket on Friday.

The 15th-seeded team of Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal finished the tournament tied for 25th after losing two matches on Thursday.

In the first round, they fell to Germany's 18th-ranked Sebastian Dollinger and Stefan Windscheif, 21-18, 17-21, 15-13 in 48 minutes. In consolation, they lost to Turkey's 31st-ranked Selçuk Sekerci and Volkan Gögtepe, 21-17, 21-18 in 38 minutes.

The women's semifinals and finals are scheduled to take place on Friday with the men's to follow on Saturday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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