The duos claimed gold in the men’s and women’s tournaments at the smart Grand Slam – Rome, the final FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament before the cream of the beach volleyball descends on Stare Jablonki in Poland for the year’s major tournament. Rosenthal and Dalhausser beat Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins in the men’s gold medal match, while Talita and Taiana held of the determined challenge of the USA’s Jennifer Kessy and April Ross.
It wouldn’t seem like summer without the excitement of professional beach volleyball tournaments taking place on the sands of South Bay beaches and, despite some uncertainty, the schedule is finally set.
Pro action begins Saturday when the EVP Tour comes to Hermosa Beach. Featuring $3,200 in prize money in the Mens’ and Women’s Open competition, the event begins at 8 a.m. and also includes a co-ed 4-on-4 tournament.
Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), seeded No. 7, defeated Spain’s No. 10 Liliana Fernández Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan (21-15, 27-25 in 45 minutes) in their final main draw pool play match on Thursday to advance to the second round of single-elimination play.
Two other U.S. women’s beach teams advanced to the first round of single-elimination on Thursday.
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Two U.S. women’s beach volleyball teams qualified for the FIVB Rome Grand Slam on Tuesday in Italy.
The U.S. teams of Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) along with Jennifer Fopma (Bellflower, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Fort Myers, Fla.) will both begin pool play in the main draw on Wednesday.
Fopma and Sweat, seeded No. 3 in qualifying, defeated Switzerland’s No. 14 Tanja Goricanec and Tanja Hüberli, 21-11, 21-13 in 27 minutes. Day and Pavlik, seeded No. 10 in qualifying, beat Poland’s No. 7 Kinga Kolosinska and Monika Brzostek, 21-17, 21-18 in 35 minutes.