Surprise! Oakley’s Casey Jennings and Kevin Wong Clobber Their Way to FIVB Gold in the Netherlands
It looked like they’d been partners for years.
But Oakley’s Casey Jennings and Kevin Wong paired up just a few weeks ago. In only their second tournament together, the two detonated their way to a Gold Medal at the FIVB event in The Hague, Netherlands this past Sunday. The O team bested the formidable Brazilian duo of Benjamin Insfran and Bruno Oscar Schmidt (21-18, 18-21, 17-15) for the victory.
With Oakley’s Phil Dalhausser and his partner Todd Rogers skipping the event for an exhibition back in Wisconsin (they’ve been dominating the FIVB this year, smashing records and making history), the opportunity was ripe for another pair to take the glory in the Netherlands. But Jennings/Wong were an unlikely team to do so.
The two had to qualify into the main draw tournament and actually lost their last qualifying match on Wednesday – seemingly ending their chances of playing in the main draw. But teams from Latvia and New Zealand withdrew from the tournament late and Jennings/Wong was one of two teams to win a draw into the money rounds.
Kevin and Casey battled all weekend – through hideous rainy and windy conditions. But the team finally reached the finals and came out on top.
Kevin, who is going to be 38-years old next month, has become the oldest player to clinch gold medal in the 24-year history of beach volleyball. He already had two titles to his name, which he earned during 2001 and 2002.
On the other hand, Jennings who is the husband of women beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh (also an Oakley Beach Volleyball Team Member) brought his 39th FIVB gold medal home…edging out his wife, who collected 38 gold medals of her own with Misty May-Treanor.
Wong and Jennings are stoked and enjoying the limelight for their incredible victory. Congratulations to the two for stealing the International Beach Volleyball spotlight!