(left to right) Silver medal winners Tyra Turner, Angie Akers, April Ross and Jennifer Kessy. Photo courtesy of FIVB
Jen Kessy and April Ross defeated Angie Akers and Tyra Turner (21-12, 21-17 in 37 minutes) in the finals at the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Phuket Thailand Open to take the Gold. This is the end to a great FIVB Women’s Beach Volleyball season for the Americans.
The match was the seventh FIVB meeting between the two teams with Kessy and Ross taking all 7 matches.
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.
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Brazil’s Sheilla Castro (R) spikes the ball as US players Heather Bown (L) and Logan Tom (C) attempt to block during the women’s volleyball gold medal match in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 23, 2008. AFP PHOTO / MUSTAFA OZER (Photo credit should read MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images)
The International Olympic Committee has decided to accept Volleyball and Beach Volleyball, under the authority and governance of the FIVB, as Olympic disciplines for another Olympic cycle. Volleyball and Beach Volleyball will be part of the 26 sports represented at the 2012 Games in London.
With a smiling Juliana Felisberta Silva (center) watching, partner Larissa Franca (right) hits against Vanilda Leao in the All-Brazilian women’s finale at the Grand Slam Moscow 2009 Saturday. Photo courtesy of FIVB
Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca defeated Renata Ribeiro and Vanilda Leao for the gold medal in the All-Brazilian women’s finale at the Grand Slam Moscow.
Talita Antunes (left) and Maria Antonelli celebrate a gold medal win at the 1to1energy Grand Slam Saturday over Brazilian rivals Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca. Photo courtesy of FIVB
Talita Antunes and Maria Antonelli win their third international gold medal at the 1to1energy Grand Slam. The pair share the podium for the fifth-time this season with another Brazilian team in the top three.