Oakley Volleyball Gold
Long time Oakley Athlete Elaine Youngs and partner Nicole Branah completed a remarkable comeback out of the losers bracket to capture the gold medal at the Hyundai Open in Barcelona Spain this past weekend. With their 21-18 and 21-14 win in 40 minutes over fourth-seeded Talita Antunes and Renata Ribeiro, the second-seeded Branagh and Youngs successfully rebounded from an opening day defeat to a team from Cuba to win five-straight elimination matches to reach the semi-finals where the Americans defeated two teams from Brazil.
In addition to becoming only the second team to bounce back from a setback in the second-round of the loser’s bracket to win a SWATCH FIVB World Tour gold medal, Branagh and Youngs shared the $28,000 first-place check along with improving their standing for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games where the Americans are currently ranked sixth with 4,120 points for their best eight international finishes since may 2007.
I know tomorrow when we travel back to the United States we’ll feel the pain of playing nine matches in four days. This is a great victory for us, especially since these points are very important for qualifying for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The difference today was our service game along with keeping the pressure on the Brazilians through the match. Our goal was to win one point at a time and never let up.
AVP beach volley
Oakley Athlete Sean “Rosie” Rosenthal and partner Jake Gibb captured their second AVP title in Atlanta Georgia this past weekend. The duo are currently the second ranked American team on the race for an Olympic bid (the top two teams from each country are granted bids). Rosie will return to his home sand of Hermosa Beach this weekend in an attempt to capture his first victory on him home turf.