May 19 2007
HERMOSA BEACH, CA – MAY 19: Holly McPeak dives for a dig during the AVP Hermosa Beach Open match against Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh at the Hermosa Beach Pier on May 19, 2007 in Hermosa Beach, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Holly McPeak was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame today in Holyoke, Mass., the birthplace of volleyball.
Here are some of her accomplishments. Holly McPeak was a three-time beach volleyball Olympian for the United States and competed in the first three Olympic Games events for the discipline – 1996, 2000 and 2004. In 2004 she earned an Olympic bronze medal in 2004 with partner Elaine Youngs. She holds 72 career beach titles, including 19 FIVB titles, two FIVB Grand Slam events titles and 53 domestic titles. In 2002, McPeak became the first woman worldwide to surpass $1 million career earnings. She was named the MVP in three different USA leagues, along with being an eight-time Best Defensive Player of the Year in those three leagues.
Top seeds Nicole Branagh / Elaine Youngs and Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers were upset by second seeds Jen Kessy / April Ross and John Hyden / Sean Scott at the AVP Crocs Tour Tournament of Champions in Mason, Ohio.
Kessy / Ross defeated Branagh / Youngs 22-20, 21-18. The two teams have met in the finals 9 times in the 2009 season. Kessy / Ross lead the series 5-4.
Hyden / Scott defeated Dalhausser / Rogers 21-16, 22-20. Out of 7 meetings in 2009 season finals, Hyden / Scott move ahead in the series 4-3.
Aug 16 2009
SAN FRANCISCO – AUGUST 16: April Ross blocks a shot against Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs during the finals at the AVP Crocs San Francisco Open on August 16, 2009 at Pier 32 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Jen Kessy and April Ross rebound after Hermosa Beach by defeating top seeds Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs 16-21, 21-19, 15-12 at the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open. This is their third win of the 2009 AVP season.
Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs win at the AVP Crocs Slam Hermosa Beach Open to continued their stellar season. This win is number 7 in nine events. Branagh and Youngs defeated reigning world champions April Ross and Jen Kessy 19-21, 23-21 and 15-11.
American Angie Akers stretches for the Mikasa in an elimination win Friday against Germany. Photo courtesy of FIVB
Three American teams (April Ross/Jen Kessy, Tyra Turner/Angie Akers and Nicole Branagh/Elaine Youngs) started the day at the SWATCH FIVB World Championships in Stavanger, but only one team advances to the semi-finals, April Ross and Jen Kessy.
April Ross and Jen Kessy advanced by defeating fellow Americans Tyra Turner and Angie Akers, 17-21, 21-12, 15-9, while Branagh and Youngs ended their tournament with a loss to Brazilians Shelda Bede and Ana Paula Connelly, 17-21, 22-20, 15-12.