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USA’s top two men’s teams and its top women’s team from last year
have all announced the splitting of their teams, including 2008 Olympic
champions Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers and 2012 FIVB World Tour
champions Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal along with three-time reigning
Olympic gold medallists Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh.
Men’s 2012 Olympic goldmedal winners Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann
of Germany have also announced the end of their team as have 2012
Olympic bronze medallists Martins Plavins/Janis Smedins.
For the women, besides the legendary May-Treanor/Walsh, and equally
notable 2012 Olympic bronze medallists Juliana Felisberta da Silva/
Larissa Franca of Brazil have also announced that they will no longer
be playing together.
The top men’s team expected back will be Brazil’s reigning FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Champions Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego along with
USA’s Matt Fuerbringer/Nick Lucena, Italy’s Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai
and Poland’s Grzegorz Fijalek/Mariusz Prudel.
Among the women’s returning teams are expected China’s Chen Xue/
Xi Zhang, USA’s Jennifer Kessy/April Ross and Italy’s Greta Cicolari/
Marta Menegatti.
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