USA’s May-Treanor/Walsh win women’s gold in Gstaad
Gstaad, Switzerland, July 7, 2012—Relishing in the beauty and majestic of a sunny summer day in the Swiss Alps, in a performance that would rival the sheer beauty of this inspiring valley, USA’s two-time Olympic Gold medalists Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh won the women’s gold medal in convincing style to complete a stirring run of seven consecutive victories through a world-class field at the double-gender $600,000 1to1 energy Grand Slam in Gstaad, Switzerland.
The 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour has continued in Gstaad as the world’s top tandems have returned to Switzerland as the double-gender event marks the 13th consecutive visit by the world tour with Gstaad hosting 11 men’s and 12 previous women’s events. Village Gstaad is nestled in a magnificent valley in Southwestern Switzerland at 3,440-feet (1,050 meters) above sea-level, the highest altitude a FIVB SWATCH World Tour stop is held annually.
GOLD ‘N’ GLITTER
USA’s May-Treanor/Walsh, playing in their 76th world tour event with their 62nd final four finish as a team and have won 39 gold medals and 59 total medals including their sixth gold medal in this popular grand slam in a picturesque valley in the Swiss Alps. Ending the tournament with a 7-0 match record, they were only pushed to three sets once in their quarterfinal victory over American compatriots Jennifer Kessy/April Ross, now have a 2-1 record against Netherlands Keizer/Van Iersel.
Netherlands’ Keizer/Van Iersel were playing in their 43rd career tournament and earned their 12th final four finish and first silver medal.
Both matches the two teams played against each other prior to Saturday where three-setters with the Dutch winning the first meeting and the Americans the second.
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The German expression so familiar at this event when the packed stadium pays honor to great blocks by bowing their arms in unison while chanting “mein block, mein block” roared throughout both sets as the Americans played in their final FIVB SWATCH World Tour event before heading to Great Britain in two weeks for the London 2012 Olympic Games where they enter the competition as the two-time Olympic gold medal winning team.
BRONZE MEDAL MATCH RECAP
Switzerland’s Kuhn/Zumkehr finished their 42nd FIVB SWATCH World Tour event together by earning their third final four and first in Gstaad and won their first bronze medal as they finished the tournament with a 6-1 record. It was also the first medal in the 13-year history of women’s competition in Gstaad. Belgium’s Gielen/Mouha, were playing their 17th career FIVB SWATCH World Tour event together and earned their first final four as a team and first in the career of either athlete with any partner. Switzerland’s Kuhn/Zumkehr now own a career 2-0 record against Belgium’s Gielen/Mouha.
For Netherland’s Keizer/Van Iersel and Belgium’s Gielen/Mouha, it was the first time the two teams have met in a FIVB SWATCH World Tour event. The two teams did meet, however earlier this year when the Dutch women beat the Belgian duo at this year’s CEV European championships.
USA’s May-Treanor/Walsh remained undefeated against Switzerland’s Kuhn/Zumkehr as the Americans now have a 6-0 career record against this Swiss team.
THEY SAID IT
Remember herself after exhorting the crowd to recognize her teammate which they did, Walsh said, “I am first of all so proud of Misty. It was our last event before London and she just did a great job. Beach volleyball is getting strong, we had lots of qualification teams there that made it all the way to the elimination rounds. There are also some new teams on the tour making it to the top 10 in this tournament. I think the top 24 on the world tour are very strong and that’s the difference we have noticed. But I think this is exactly what we want to see, how beach volleyball is growing. We played very well in this tournament especially against the Dutch team. Now we will go home and practice on things that will make is even better for London. It has been a frustrating season for us without a victory on the tour until today. We are just happy we could make it here at this incredible tournament in this amazing place called Gstaad where we have certainly had a lot of success.”
Netherland’s Van Iersel said afterwards, “Kerri and Misty played so strong. We would have needed our very best performance to beat them, but this was obviously not the case in this match. As good as they played, like the true champions that they are, it was just not possible for us to win.
Following her team’s bronze medal victory, Switzerland’s Kuhn shared, “It’s wonderful to win the bronze medal here in Gstaad. In the first set I had some problems with siding out. If we were behind we reminded each other to cool down and start over which we did when we got behind in the first set. We started serving with more aggressiveness point for point. We played a great tournament and we lost to the gold medal team in the semifinal and it is just an honor to be on the court at the same time as Misty and Kerri.”
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