The Brazilian Bombers just keep on bombing. Oakley’s star Beach Volleyball duo of Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca topped Chinese defending Sanya Open champions (and fellow Oakley athletes) Xue Chen/Zhang Xi 2-1 (19-21, 22-20 and 17-15) on Sunday morning in a national televised gold medal match. The grand victory over the ‘home team’ tallied back-to-back titles for the Brazilians on the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour. On the heels of a killer win at the Brasilia Open last week, Juliana/Larissa were crowned in the Chinese resort city for the first time and only the second time on Chinese soil – the last coming at the Shanghai Open in 2005.
The 2010 FIVB Champions haven’t missed a beat. Oakley’s Beach Volleyball Star Phil Dalhausser (and partner Todd Rogers) picked up right where they left off last season with a crushing season opener victory in Brasilia, topping Brazilians Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti, (21-18, 21-13) for the Gold in a mere 35 minutes of finals action. The American pair topped the “home team” on their own turf for the second year in a row, after taking an intense round four showdown that stretched out to three games (16-21, 21-19, 15-11). On the women’s side of the net, Oakley’s Volleyball Star Kerri Walsh and long-time partner in domination Misty May-Treanor appeared together as a pair professionally since 2008 – when both Olympic Gold Medalists took breaks from their careers to start families. Considering the amount of time passed since playing together, Brasilia was more than solid as they blasted their way to finals to challenge fellow Oakley athletes and Brazilians Juliana Felisberta Silva and ...