Walsh Jennings and Ross earn silver at Grand Slam event


Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross earned the silver medal at the Long Beach Grand Slam beach volleyball tournament Sunday, losing to Brazil's Larissa Maestrini and Talita Antunes, 21-18, 21-16, in the title match.

Walsh Jennings, returning from an injury, helped the duo go 3-0 in pool play and then down Canad's Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan in three sets during the quarterfinal round and topping Germany's Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst in the semifinal.

Track and field

Joe Kovacs took home gold in the shot put while Justin Gatlin and Trayvon Bromell took silver and bronze, respectively, in the men's 100 meters as Team USA hit for the cycle in medals at the IAAF World Championships on Sunday at Beijing National Stadium in China.

"It's my first World Championships," Kovacs said. "I was excited to come away with the win. Coming in as the favorite, I think anyone in U.S. shot put kind of feels that. We're always in the mix. It's the first team I made and being in U.S. shot put, you kind of expect to be at the top."

Hurdler Kori Carter and pole vaulter Ekaterini (Katerina) Stefanidi, NCAA women's track and field champions at Stanford, are competing at the IAAF World Championships.

Carter finished fourth in her heat of the 400 meter hurdles in 56.22 and qualified for the semifinals, which will contested Monday.

Qualifying for the pole vault begins Monday.

Men's volleyball

The U.S. Boys' Youth National Team, led by Stanford associate head coach Ken Shibuya and incoming freshman Jordan Ewert, took down China 25-21, 25-23, 25-15 on Sunday to take seventh place overall at the 2015 FIVB Boys' U19 World Championship in Argentina.

The U.S. finished seventh out of 20 teams, which marks the first time the BYNT has ever placed in the top half of competition. Seventh place is tied for the highest finish the BYNT has ever had at the World Championship, however the previous seventh place was out of just 12 teams in 1995.

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Posted by Gertrude
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on Aug 24, 2015 at 8:29 pm

A little off topic, but why do the female volleyball players wear skimpy bikini bottoms while the male volleyball players wear long baggy trunks? I think it would be terribly uncomfortable to dive for the ball in the sand wearing a bikini bottom - I'd be afraid it would fall off!

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