Former Cardinal Kerri Walsh Continues Winning Ways On Beach Volleyball Tours

July 14, 2003

The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's No. 1 ranked women's team notched another podium finish and edged even closer to its quest of Olympic participation.

The second place finish at the July 1-5 F�d�ration Internationale de Volleyball tour event in Stavenger, Norway is the third medal for Misty May (Long Beach, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) on the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour (gold in Gstaad, Switzerland and bronze in Rhodes, Greece).

The duo, which have won three of the four 2003 AVP Nissan Series events contested this season, lost in the Norway finals to Brazil's Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires Tavares 21-19, 21-15.

The AVP's second ranked team, Holly McPeak (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Elaine Youngs (Durango, Colo.) finished fourth also losing to a Brazilian team, Adriana Brandao Behar and Shelda Kelly Behar, in the Bronze Medal match.

The finish brought May and Walsh's 2003 beach volleyball earnings to $56,700.

Stein Metzger (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Kevin Wong (Los Angeles) were the top American men's team in Norway with a fifth place finish.

AVP teams are competing internationally for two American slots available for each gender in the beach volleyball competition of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

The qualification period started June 4 and runs through July 11, 2004 with a team's top eight performances (in FIVB recognized events) counting towards the FIVB Beach Volleyball Olympic Ranking that qualifies the 24 teams competing in Greece.

Only two teams of each gender per country are allowed into the Olympic competition with one additional vacancy granted to the host team.

The AVP's 20th consecutive season wraps up with the Sept. 19-21 FIVB World Tour Olympic Qualifier event at the brand new Home Depot Center nestled adjacent to the campus of California State University/ Dominguez Hills (approximately 10 miles south of downtown Los Angeles in Carson, Calif.).

The 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour moves on to France for the Grand Slam event for men and women in Marseille on July 15-20.

courtesy of AVP

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