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Duo score a quick 21-15, 21-13 win over Poland’s Kinga Kolinksa and Monika Brzostek in the final


Kerri Walsh Jennings lays out for a ball in the Rio Grand Slam gold-medal match.
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Kerri Walsh Jennings lays out for a ball in the Rio Grand Slam gold-medal match.

In only April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings’ first tournament back on the sand as partners following Walsh Jennings’ shoulder surgery, the American duo captured gold. Walsh Jennings and Ross defeated Poland’s Kinga Kolinksa and Monika Brzostek in the Rio Grand Slam final by a commanding 21-15, 21-13 score. The victory earned the team 800 Olympic qualification points and the $57,000 first-place prize. 

Despite coming up short in the final, Kolinska and Brzostek posted their best Grand Slam finish to date and earned a spot in the top 10 of the world rankings. Germans Karla Borger and Britta Buthe took the bronze medal with a win over Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Verge-Depre of Switzerland. 

Despite having home-beach advantage, all the Brazilian women’s teams were eliminated by the end of the third round of tournament play. It was the first grand slam podium since Gstaad in July 2014 to lack a single Brazilian women’s team.

Americans Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat finished with a ninth. The duo went 1-2 in pool but was able to defeat Brazil’s Felisberta and Lima in elimination play before losing to eventual bronze medalists Borger and Buthe. 

On the men’s side, the Polish team of Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak came away with gold, defeating Brazilians Evandro Gonçalves Oliveira Júnior and Pedro Solberg Salgado 21-19, 23-21 in the final. The young Polish duo (Kantor, 24, and Losiak, 23) celebrated their first-ever FIVB gold medal, and a points boost that elevated them to No. 9 in the provisional Olympic ranking.

The Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen finished third, winning a three-set battle over Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel of Poland in the bronze-medal match.

No. 1 seeds Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt lost to Brouwer and Meeuwsen in the third round of the tournament, while Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena fell to Losiak and Kantor, also in the third round. Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson felt the power of Brouwer and Meeuwsen, too, losing to the Dutch duo in the second round. 

 

Courtesy, Volleyball Magazine

Duo score a quick 21-15, 21-13 win over Poland’s Kinga Kolinksa and Monika Brzostek in the final


Kerri Walsh Jennings lays out for a ball in the Rio Grand Slam gold-medal match.
FIVB 
Kerri Walsh Jennings lays out for a ball in the Rio Grand Slam gold-medal match.

In only April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings’ first tournament back on the sand as partners following Walsh Jennings’ shoulder surgery, the American duo captured gold. Walsh Jennings and Ross defeated Poland’s Kinga Kolinksa and Monika Brzostek in the Rio Grand Slam final by a commanding 21-15, 21-13 score. The victory earned the team 800 Olympic qualification points and the $57,000 first-place prize. 

Despite coming up short in the final, Kolinska and Brzostek posted their best Grand Slam finish to date and earned a spot in the top 10 of the world rankings. Germans Karla Borger and Britta Buthe took the bronze medal with a win over Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Verge-Depre of Switzerland. 

Despite having home-beach advantage, all the Brazilian women’s teams were eliminated by the end of the third round of tournament play. It was the first grand slam podium since Gstaad in July 2014 to lack a single Brazilian women’s team.

Americans Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat finished with a ninth. The duo went 1-2 in pool but was able to defeat Brazil’s Felisberta and Lima in elimination play before losing to eventual bronze medalists Borger and Buthe. 

On the men’s side, the Polish team of Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak came away with gold, defeating Brazilians Evandro Gonçalves Oliveira Júnior and Pedro Solberg Salgado 21-19, 23-21 in the final. The young Polish duo (Kantor, 24, and Losiak, 23) celebrated their first-ever FIVB gold medal, and a points boost that elevated them to No. 9 in the provisional Olympic ranking.

The Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen finished third, winning a three-set battle over Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel of Poland in the bronze-medal match.

No. 1 seeds Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt lost to Brouwer and Meeuwsen in the third round of the tournament, while Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena fell to Losiak and Kantor, also in the third round. Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson felt the power of Brouwer and Meeuwsen, too, losing to the Dutch duo in the second round. 

 

Courtesy, Volleyball Magazine

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