Wednesday, 29 May 2024

USA Earns Gold and Silver at Post-Olympic World Tour Stop

The return tournament following the 2016 Olympic Games was a momentous occasion for beach volleyball fans and athletes alike. Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross secured the gold medal, while Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena took the silver at the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam.

A Strong Performance by the American Olympians

Days after competing in the Olympics, the four U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball Team duos showcased their skills at the World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach. Alongside them, 26 other Olympic teams also joined in on the action. Impressively, the U.S. had 12 teams finish in the Top 25.

Gold Medal Triumph for Walsh Jennings and Ross

Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross dominated the competition, defeating Liliana Fernandez/Elsa Baquerizo of Spain with a score of 21-16, 21-16. This remarkable victory marked their 11th gold medal as a team and their fifth in 2016.

A Fierce Battle and a Silver Medal for Dalhausser and Lucena

Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena put up a valiant fight but fell short against Brazil’s Pedro Solberg/Evandro Goncalves, losing with a final score of 21-19, 17-21, 15-9. However, their outstanding performance earned them the silver medal.

USA’s Impressive Performance

The American men’s team showcased their dominance, with eight podium finishes in 2016, including four gold medals. Dalhausser and Lucena’s journey included a pool win, a victory over Spain in the quarterfinals, and a tough three-set match against Italy in the semifinals.

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Women’s Teams Excel in the Tournament

Olympians Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat had a strong performance, winning their pool and finishing fifth in the overall event after being eliminated by Ross/Walsh Jennings in the quarterfinals. In total, the U.S. had five women’s teams make it into the elimination rounds.

Exciting Times Ahead

The 2016 FIVB World Tour will conclude in Toronto, Canada, at the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals from September 13th to 18th. This highly anticipated event will feature the top eight teams from the 2016 World Tour points, along with four wild card tandems for each gender. The winning team will receive the largest purse of the year, a remarkable $100,000 for the gold medal.


Q: How many gold medals have Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross won together?
A: Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross have won a total of 11 gold medals as a team, including five in 2016.

Q: How many FIVB medals do Ross and Walsh Jennings have?
A: Ross and Walsh Jennings have a combined total of 17 FIVB medals. Walsh Jennings has won 55 FIVB gold medals, while Ross has won 21.

Q: How many podium finishes have the top-ranked American men achieved in 2016?
A: The top-ranked American men’s team has achieved eight podium finishes in 2016, with four of them being gold medals.

Q: How many U.S. teams made it into the elimination rounds in the tournament?
A: A total of five women’s teams and five men’s teams from the U.S. made it into the elimination rounds of the tournament.

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In the post-Olympic World Tour stop at the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, the USA demonstrated their dominance in beach volleyball. Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross claimed the gold medal, while Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena secured the silver. The American Olympians’ impressive performances highlight their skill and determination. This tournament served as a thrilling continuation of the beach volleyball season, setting the stage for the upcoming Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals in Toronto. Fans eagerly await the final event, which promises fierce competition and a significant prize purse. For more exciting updates on beach volleyball, visit