NEWPORT BEACH (CA) APRIL 2015 | Newport Beach Film Festival
(NBFF) Day 1 kicked off its opener lot’s of showbiz lights and cameras.
We covered one of two red carpet venues @ Lido Live - Theater.
Check out our interviews with a few actors and indie film aficionados.
Interview FT., Mellisa Ricci Producers Guild of America Award Winner with
the romantic comedy "Les Bouffons". From professional ballerina in France to
actress in London,Melissa went on to successfully play a variety of roles on
stage as well as in British movies. Since relocating to Los Angeles,Melissa
has been working as an entertainment host,appeared on TV shows, and
played the female lead in the first movie ever made about Christopher
Dorner, based on real life events: "Dorner: Manifesto for Murder".
Tamas Menyhart is a Black Belt Martial Artist, with over 20 years of exper-
ience, was trained by European and World Champions. He does Full Contact,
Kick Boxing, Thai Boxing, Kenpo-Jujitsu (Shootfighting), Taekwondo and also
Aikido. He also does his own stunts and the choreography for his fight scenes.
While working 3 jobs and still training 6 days a week, 3 hours a day, he soon
became active in the entertainment industry. Determined to improve his
acting skills, Tamas started taking acting classes 4 times weekly. Always
wanted to be versatile and play different characters; he does Drama, Comedy,
Romance, Science-Fiction, but has a specialty which is "'Action - Martial Arts'".
SANTA ANITA PARK (CA) MAY 2015 | Last week we had the opportunity to
go Behind the scenes to celebrate ‘The Preakness’ at Santa Anita Park.
Yes California! We have an awesome horse by the name of “American
Pharoah” together with jockey Victor Espinoza in reach of capturing the
Triple Crown. The fact that the home track for American Pharoah and
Espinoza is Santa Anita Park only makes any celebration or/ party at Santa
Anita Park symbolically special.
Our coverage includes a cool introduction by guest video host Fenix Lazzaroni
from the Gallop Out Restaurant/ Bar. Lazzaroni is also featured in other Santa
Anita Park promo videos providing additional images and tips for all visitors.
Our coverage also FT a (Spanish / English) interview with Santa Anita jockey
Elvis Trujillo. The Trujillo last name is famous in Panama where his family
for generations have been racing horses. He is also a Real Madrid soccer
‘Futbol’ aficionado, but more importantly, he provides us with a few tips of
success relating to horse riding.
LOS ANGELES (CA) JUNE 2015 | Coverage includes Triple Crown winning
trainer Bob Baffert throwing a solid first pitch at Dodger stadium. FOX L.A.
Sports anchor Liz Habib, as well as in stadium TV host Erica Weston provided
us with cool video shout outs and mini interview. Enjoy the action clips!
Mr. Baffert is the owner & trainer of Santa Anita-based American Pharoah, who
with his victory at Saturday’s Belmont Stakes became the first Triple Crown
winner since Affirmed in 1978 (continue).
NEWPORT BEACH (CA) APRIL 2015 | Indie film talent rockin Wednesday
night post reception at the Newport Beach Film Festival 2015 - DAY 6. Video
FT short interview clips and invites by cinematographer Andrew K. Sachs, &
actress Nicole Watson… as well as other special guests such as film director
for Fear No Fruit. Enjoy the fun video plug for #NBFF 2015 closing night.
SANTA ANA (CA) MAY 2015 | Get Down Fights @ the historic YOST THEATER
was awesome! All I can say is thumbs up to all the action inside the ring,
the classic bar setting in the back, the balcony cheers, dancers, music and
fitness models / ring card girls Allie Hnley & Annie Parker.
In brief, MMA fighter Sean Datte climbed to 4-1 after his main card W @
Get Down Fights #17. We also had an opportunity to interview 3x IFBB
Fitness/Bikini Champ Annie Parker, as well as the co-founders for MMA
Get Down Fights. Get Down Fight #18 is scheduled for July25th @ the Yost
SANTA MONICA (CA) APRIL 2015 | The 2015 Cinema at the Edge CATE Film
Festival brought together “new super cool” film & TV talent from different parts
of the U.S., Spain, France & Germany. These emerging stars spoke to us
about projects, industry TIPS for those fighting for that dream, and provided
a few fun lifestyle preferences (ie., tasty L.A. eats).
FT., talent interviewed includes, JARED STUART (DIRECTOR / ACTOR) |
JOSE TORRESMA (ACTOR - U.S., & SPAIN) | ALEXANDER G. SEYUM (L.A.
PHOTOG) | JUSTIN SUTTLES & TEAM (WRITER / DIR / PRODUCER) | SARAH
& LAURA BELLINI 'THE TWINS' (ACTRESSES - U.S., & GERMANY) | HUGO
DIEGO GARCIA (ACTOR U.S., FRANCE, SPAIN) | OLIVIA RILEY DAY
(DIRECTOR @ SPRITE FILMS).
Enjoy our short 9 min video highlights @ CATE 2015.
LONG BEACH (CA) APRIL 2015 | Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
was crowned last night as part of Thunder Thursday’s activities.
2015 Miss TGPLB winner was Natasha Alhandy-Shaw of Whittier. The
first runner up was Alliyah Becerra of Downey, and Long Beach resident
Erika Abke came in as second runner up.
The 2015 Miss Toyota Grand of Long Beach contest, during the 15th
Annual Thunder Thursday on Pine, an event hosted Thursday by the
Downtown Long Beach Associates. The free event centered around Pine
Avenue and Broadway, featuring live music, driver autographs, a classic
car show, a pit stop competition, motorcycle stunts and the Miss Toyota
Grand Prix of Long Beach Pageant. Source | LB Press Telegram
HOLLYWOOD (CA) JUNE 2015 | The Los Angeles Wine Fest celebrated its 10th
Anniversary tasting event at the historic Raleigh Studios. This studio is located
directly across the street from Paramount Studios. Raleigh is one of the oldest
studios in Hollywood, dating back to 1915 (beating Paramount to the intersection
of Melrose & Bronson by over a decade).
The L.A. Wine Fest featured over 50 wineries, hundreds of wines and
artisan breweries and ciders for festival aficionados.
This year for the first time, guest voted for wines via a smart phone application
known as QUINI. The full list of top honors at the debut of the LAWineFest
Popular Choice Awards can be found per our video coverage or/ here >
ST. PETERSBURG (FL) JUNE 2015 | With a little more than 400 days until the
2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian women’s teams swept the
podium Sunday at the $800,000 FIVB smart St. Pete Grand Slam presented by
the AVP, the first Olympic qualifier in the U.S. for the Rio Games. Second-
seeded Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas beat fellow Brazilians Juliana
Felisberta and Maria Antonelli, seeded third, 23-21, 21-19 in the gold-medal
match. Taiana Lima and Fernanda Alves, seeded fifth, edged 11th-seeded
Karla Borger and Britta Buthe of Germany, 17-21, 21-19, 17-15, in the bronze-
Bednarczuk and Seixas maintained their position as the world’s top-ranked
women’s team heading into next week’s FIVB World Championships in the
Netherlands. They won all seven matches in the tournament without losing a
set. It was the second career FIVB tournament victory for both players. Sat-
urday, Americans Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson won the men’s gold medal,
while Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst of the Netherlands took
silver and Nick Lucena and Theo Brunner of the U.S. took bronze. The six-day
tournament hosted by the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) was
part of the FIVB World Tour and an Olympic qualifying tournament. It was
played on six courts built on trucked-in sand spread out across Spa Beach
Park in St. Petersburg.
FONTANA (CA) JUNE 2015 | The track at the California Auto Club Speedway
created an exciting pole position qualifying day with IndyCar driver Pagenaud
securing P1. Check out the details leading to the big race MAVTV500 >
• Race 11 of Verizon IndyCar Series season. ... Juan Pablo Montoya leads the
championship standings by 27 points over Team Penske teammate Will Power.
• Qualifying results: Simon Pagenaud earned his first Verizon P1 Award on a
superspeedway and his second pole overall with a two-lap average speed of
218.952 mph in the No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet. It topped Team
Penske teammate Helio Castroneves' 2014 pole-winning speed of 218.540 mph.
"Thanks to my crew for the preparations and it's exciting to get a superspeed-
way pole," said Pagenaud, who is in his first season with Team Penske.
"Qualifying is one thing. It's a reward for performance. We have a 500-mile
race and hopefully I can reward the team for its hard work. It's a brand new
team that is gelling really well.
• For spectators: A full-field autograph session is from 10-11 a.m. in the
INDYCAR Fan Village. Also, an array of activities will be in the O'Reilly Auto
Parts Fan Zone, including California Amateur Skateboard League exhibition;
Lucas Oil Products Slick Mist Summer Shine car show; Ronny North concert
(10 a.m.) on main stage; Metal Mulisha Motorcycle stunt show; Lucha Libre
wrestling exhibition; Lefty's Driver Story Time with Gabby Chaves; Walk of
Fame ceremony with Tony Kanaan (11 a.m.; Gate C); Mark Mackay concert
(11:30 a.m.) on main stage.
FONTANA (CA) JUNE 2015 | MAVTV500 RECAP by IndyCar.Com > Second -
generation drivers with two of the most recognizable surnames in Indy car
racing shared the podium following the exciting MAVTV 500 at Auto Club
In fact, it's the first time in their Indy car careers that Graham Rahal and Marco
Andretti have celebrated together in Victory Circle. Previously, the last meeting
on the podium for a Rahal (Bobby) and an Andretti (Michael) was Sept. 1, 1996,
at Pacific Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, in the Molson Indy Vancouver.
Andretti, who started second in the 100-lap race on the 1.703-mile street circuit,
led the final 82 laps in the No. 6 Kmart/Texaco Havoline Lola Ford after pole
sitter Alex Zanardi crashed. Rahal was the runner-up by nearly two seconds in
the No. 18 Miller Genuine Draft Reynard Mercedes. Two weeks earlier at Road
America in Wisconsin, Rahal was second to Andretti by six-tenths of a second in
the 50-lap Texaco/Havoline 200.
The MAVTV 500 was the 42nd time in which a Rahal and Andretti, including Mario
and John, have been on the podium together in an Indy car race. That also
includes three podium sweeps (1984 Laguna Seca, 1991 Toronto, 1992 Laguna
Seca). CONTINUE >
LOS ANGELES (CA) JULY 2015 | BY. FCBarcelona.COM > FC Barcelona have
had another training session on US soil. After beating LA Galaxy 2-1, they are
now getting prepared for their second fixture in the International Champions
Cup: against Manchester United at the Levi 's Stadium in Santa Clara
on Saturday 25 July (1.00 pm PST and 10.00 pm CET).
The squad trained for the third time at the Cox Stadium at San Francisco
State University, and for the second time on Thursday, with Arda Turan back
with the main group after working out in isolation in the last few sessions and
with Jérémy Mathieu exercising separately as he jogged around the athletics
The rest of the team started with low intensity running in a session where the
intensity was gradually increased as the work progressed. There was a jovial
atmosphere among the players as they completed a series of reflex and
speed related routines.
LOS ANGELES (CA) JULY 2015 The LA KISS (4-11) defeated the Las Vegas
Outlaws (5-10), 37-27, to record their franchise record fourth win of the year
and stay alive in the playoff hunt Saturday night at Honda Center.
After beginning the season 0-9, the KISS have won four of their last six games,
including back-to-back contests over the last two weeks. LA quarterback Danny
Southwick completed 18-of-31 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns with
one interception on the night, spreading his scoring strikes out to Donovan
Morgan, DeMarco Sampson, and Tyrone Goard. The KISS defensive effort was
spearheaded by defensive back Rayshaun Kizer, who led the team with seven
tackles and his franchise record fifth interception, along with nose guard Darryl
Cato-Bishop, who tallied a team-high two sacks in the win.
HUNTINGTON BEACH (CA) JULY 2015 | Ben Hatchell Crowned Champion at
the Van Doren Invitational. The 2015 Van Doren Invitational ignited the Vans
Pro Bowl on the sand in Huntington Beach today as thousands of fans witnessed
the world’s best park riders go head to head in the all-cement gauntlet.
Following an explosive semi-finals round and a mind-blowing combination run
in the finals, Ben Hatchell is crowned champion for his second Van Doren
Invitational title since winning the inaugural Van Doren Invitational in 2013.
Joining him on the podium, Vans’ own Pedro Barros claimed second followed
closely by the unrelenting Chris Russell who placed third.
1st Place: Ben Hatchell - $25,000 * 2nd Place: Pedro Barros - $15,000 * 3rd
Place: Chris Russell - $10,000 | Final Results 1: Ben Hatchell - 96.56 | 2: Pedro
Barros - 94.24 | 3: Chris Russell - 90.31 | 4: Raven Tershy - 82.98 | 5: Willy
Lara - 79.71 | 6: Ronnie Sandoval - 77.74 | 7: Alex Sorgente - 77.60 | 8: Jack
Fardell - 76.20 | 9: Chris Gregson - 73.83 | 10: Marlon Silva - 71.02 | 11: Ben
Raybourn - 69.20 | 12: Curren Caples - 7.76 by. Vans U.S. Open (more info)
LEXINGTON, OHIO - JULY 2015 | BY. INDY.CAR -- O-H followed harmoniously
by I-O resounded from the crowded Victory Circle at Mid-Ohio Sports Car
Course and thundered through Thunder Valley. Tens of thousands of spectators
joined Graham Rahal, who was reared in New Albany, Ohio, in celebrating an
emphatic home victory in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.
Rahal's surge in the second half of the Verizon IndyCar Series season
continued with his second win in five weeks. Rahal, who started 13th in the
90-lap race in the No. 15 Steak 'n Shake Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan
Racing, closed to nine points of Verizon IndyCar Series championship
front-runner Juan Pablo Montoya with two races left in the season. There
are 10 entries mathematically eligible for the title. > Tap for more >
Huntington Beach, CA/USA (Sunday, August 2, 2015)| By. WSL -
Johanne Defay (FRA) and Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) reigned supreme on the final
day of the Vans US Open of Surfing in front of a capacity crowd. Defay has
been crowned champion of the Women’s event, stop No. 6 on the Samsung
Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), while Ohhara
has won the Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 event. | Tap for more >
HUNTINGTON BEACH (CA) JULY 2015 | Women’s Round 2 Heats 1-6, Women’s
Round 3 Heats 1-4 and Men’s Round 2 Heats 1-6 rounded out day five of the
2015 VANS US OPEN OF SURFING--the annual nine day event that brings
together the world’s elite in surfing, skateboarding and BMX.
Today’s surf events began this morning with 2-3’+ surf for Women’s Round
2, Heats 1-6, followed by Women’s Round 3, Heats 1-4. Today’s highest heat
score and wave scores in the Women's were by Malia Manuel, a 17.17 and a
9.17 respectively in Round 3, Heat 5. The day wrapped with Round 2, Heat
1-6 of the Men’s QS10000. Today’s highest heat scores in the Men's were
by Adam Melling and Kanoa Igarashi, both scoring 17.50 in Heats 1 and 3
respectively, with today’s highest wave score in Men's by Adam Melling, a
9.17 in Heat 1.
LEXINGTON, OHIO | BY.INDY CAR > Dario Franchitti turned to Gil de Ferran
and, appropriately during breakfast, said that their longtime shared Mid-Ohio
Sports Car Course lap record was toast.
Franchitti set the qualifying lap record of 1 minute, 05.347 seconds on Aug. 13,
1999, and de Ferran matched it 364 days later. After seeing the lap times in
practice the day before, it wasn't a prophetic stretch for the four-time Verizon
IndyCar Series champion. And he was correct.
Scott Dixon won the 2014 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio after starting at the rear
of the 22-car grid. He’ll have a considerably better starting position in the 90-lap
race on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course Aug. 2. Dixon reset the track lap
record in the Firestone Fast Six segment of knockout qualifications on the way
to earning the Verizon P1 Award for his second pole of the season and 23rd of
his Indy car career, which ties Johnny Rutherford for 12th all time .. >>
HERMOSA BEACH (CA) AUG., 2015 | The No. 5 seed women’s team of Vivian
Cunha & Raquel Ferreira -Goncalves Ferreira took home their 3rd consecutive
NVL title, and No. 2 seed Americans Dave Palm & Eric Zaun were the men’s
winners at the Nat ional Volleyball League West Coast Championships.
Cunha/Ferreira are proving to be the women’s team to beat this season, also
taking home the Milwaukee Championships trophy after defeating the number
one women’s team, Kristen Batt-Rohr & Pri Piantadosi-Lima.
Palm/Zaun won in three games, 21-19, 21-23, 15-9, against the No. 4 seed
Skylar DelSol (USA) & Piotr Marciniak (POL). This is the first title for the pair
as a team. The tournament was held at the Hermosa Beach pier from August
6-8 and featured top pro beach Eric Zaun & Dave Palm - Credit Ed Chan
volleyball players from around the world, including local SoCal pros 2X
Olympian Mark Williams, Skyler McCoy, Jon Mesko, Travis Schoonover,
Chelsea Hayes, Molly Menard, Jennifer Snyder, Michelle Williams and Alicia
Zamparelli-Flavia competing for a $75,000 prize purse | Source: www.NVL.com
MANHATTAN BEACH (CA) 2015 | Phil Dalhausser and April Ross took on diff-
erent partners in defending their championships at the $200,000 AVP Manhattan
Beach Open Presented by Acer. 2008 Olympic gold medalist Dalhausser won his
fifth AVP Manhattan Beach Open title and helped partner Nick Lucena to his first
in defeating Tri Bourne and John Hyden, 21-19, 21-17 in the men’s final.
In the women’s final, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Ross repeated her AVP
Manhattan Beach Open championship feat with fellow Costa Mesa, Calif.
resident Jennifer Fopma as the top-seeded women downed 2008 U.S. Olympian
Nicole Branagh and Jenny Kropp, 21-15, 26-24.
Dalhausser is tied with a host of players for second all-time in AVP Manhattan
Beach Open championships, three short of AVP legend Karch Kiraly. Dalhausser
won this event with Todd Rogers from 2006-08 and with Sean Rosenthal in
2014. The third-seeded Dalhausser/Lucena partnership is somewhat of a back
-to-the-future saga. Both finished runner-up a week ago at the AVP Seattle
Open, which was the first time the duo had played together since October of
2005 – the same year the tandem was the AVP Manhattan Beach Open runner-
Up. Winning on Sunday scratched that 10-year itch for the pair, which had not
won an AVP event together since May 1, 2005 – the AVP Austin Open in Austin,
Tex. Today’s victory set an AVP record for the longest span of time between
AVP wins by the same team (10 years, three months). | Source: AVP.COM |
Tap for full story >
The elite women's Vans US Open of Surfing kicked off Tuesday with Hawaiian
domination, some surprising upsets, and maneuvers that made the best of the
variable conditions. Hawaiians led the pack, at first. Malia Manuel opened the
event with a win after a Herculean effort. She surfed a total of 10 waves, finding
two keeper scores amid a string of low numbers. Californian Lakey Peterson,
who won the US Open in 2012, gave Ho a run for her athletic money, earning an
8.57 at the very end. But despite the high-scoring finale, Peterson didn't catch
up. She'll go on to surf the do-or-die Round 2, while Ho advances directly to
Round 3. | Tap for full story >>
This unprecedented event brings the world’s greatest beach volleyball players
and their fans together in a way that’s never been seen in the world of pro-
fessional sports. Sanctioned by FIVB, the sport’s international governing body,
the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball is the premier event in the sport
plus more; it’s a week-long festival celebrating “all things beach,” including
sports, music, culture and community. In addition to the pro competition, the
week also includes many open tournaments for all ages and experience levels.
With NBC Sports broadcasting the action, the top players from all over the
world will compete on American soil for the largest purse in FIVB history.
Fans will have the opportunity to compete in co-ed and single gender 4’s and
6-man, youth, and collegiate tournaments throughout the week. And the action
on the sand doesn’t end there. Musical performances all week long will com-
plement the volleyball to delight and entertain all in attendance. | Tap for
more event info >>
Los Angeles Lift-Off is part of the Lift-Off International Film Festivals, dedicated
to the discovery and development of independent artists in an unbiased
environment and free from any commercial pressures. Student films are
programmed alongside professional/ independent films and every film that is
submitted is treated equally and voted on individual merit alone. A large
budget and glossy production value means nothing to the folks at Lift-Off –
the only focus is great delivery of an honest story. The motto is to “Look
beyond the gloss. Put talent before technology."
Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival is one of ten international Lift-Off events and
come directly after the very successful Las Vegas event. Other Lift-Off events
take place in Amsterdam, London and Tokyo amongst others. Lift-Off Film Fest-
ivals are free to attend, enabling submission fees to directly donate to bringing
more audience to independent work. Lift-Off believe strongly in their film-
makers getting value for their submission fee and so every one is given ex-
tensive support and advice on topics such as marketing, crowd-funding and
artistic development. Lift-Off's aim is to create a network of creatives to one
day become an industry of their own, where talent is king and hard work
Rewarded. Lift-Off wish to bring back the art of film-making and, most
importantly, to bring back the talent behind it. 25% Submission Discount
Code - LosAngelesIndie | Standard screenings 25-28 Aug with winners'
night on 29 Aug., Raleigh Studios, Melrose Ave., Hollywood 90038
Tap for more event info >>
MELROSE (CA) 2015 | LOS ANGELES LIFT OFF FILM SCREENING’S ARE AS
Monday Screenings. August 24th 7pm – 9pm.
For a full synopses breakdown click here>
A complicated way to live by Ged Hunter
The Way of Tea by Marc Fouchard
How to make a Bully from Scratch by Robert Hess
Coming to by Lindsey Haun
Kin by Katie Lemon
JAYA by Puja Maewal
Unforgivable by Christian Parton
Bound by Philip Liao
Love Yourself by Hayden Neeland
I’m Going To Marry This Boy by Radha Mehta
Fallen by Asa Taulbut
Tuesday Screenings. August 25th 7pm – 9pm.
For a full synopses breakdown click here.
LOW/FI by Alejandro Montoya
Francis B. Griffin by Paul Griffin
Tickle the Ivories by Glenn Hanstock
The Guest by Federico Olivetti
JAM by Brett Fleisher
girl by Andrea Sand Gustavson
My Mom’s Motorcycle by Douglas Gautraud
Someone Else by Chelsea Catalanotto
The Shooting Star Salesman by Kico Velarde
It’s a Wonderful Knife by Nick Lines
Wednesday Screenings. August 26th 7pm – 9pm.
For a full synopses breakdown click here.
Aurelia by Jade Courtney Edwards
Him Upstairs by Zoe Guilford
Stealth by Melissa Hope
Fortune’s Smile by Marcus Liversedge
An Apartment by Sarah Galea-Davis
Diego by Sara Seligman | Career Girl by Fortunato Procopio
re÷belief by Raymond McCarthy Bergeron | Fat Pants by Malcolm Rizzuto
Gabrielle – MORE by Kristoffer Klunk
ADDING A FEW MORE ACTION PICS #4 #5 & #6
LONG BEACH (CA) 2015 | The first of two days of pool play for the women
competing in the third annual ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball featured
11 undefeated teams for eight countries after two rounds of pool play on the
TrueCar Court at Alamitos Beach. Led by reigning FIVB world champions Agatha
Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas, four teams from Beach Volleyball power Brazil
are unbeaten entering Thr’s., final group matches in the US$800,000 FIVB World
Tour event. Agatha and Barbara are the lone undefeated pair in Pool A as are
Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca in Pool B and the Salgado sisters (Carolina/Maria
Clara) in Pool G. Brazilians Maria Antonelli and Juliana Felisberta are tied atop
Pool C with Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler of Germany as both teams posted
2-0 match marks Wed., The Thursday meeting will be the fifth between the two
teams on the FIVB World Tour with Brazilians defeating Holtwick and Semmler
for the first-time last month in the bronze medal match at the FIVB World
Championships in The Hague.
Also posting a 2-0 record were defending ASICS World Series of Beach Volley-
ball champions April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings as the Americans defeated
teams from Germany and Brazil. Walsh Jennings is returning to action for the
first-time in six weeks after dislocating her right shoulder in a SWATCH Major
Series event in Gstaad, Switzerland | Source: FIVB.ORG | Tap for full story>
LONG BEACH (CA) AUG., 2015 | For the 10th-time in FIVB World Tour history,
both the women’s and men’s gold medal matches will be Brazil versus the United
States confrontations as teams from the South and North American countries
won semi-final matches here Saturday afternoon at the US$800,000 ASICS
World Series of Beach Volleyball. With the women playing both quarter-final
and semi-final matches Saturday while the men only competed to set the lineup
for the medal matches, the Brazilian pairs of Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca and
Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt advanced to the title matches on the
TrueCar Court at Alamitos Beach where they will face Americans April Ross/
Kerri Walsh Jennings and Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, respectively.
The last time the Brazil vs. USA gender matchups happened at the same FIVB
World Tour event was in mid-April 2011 when the South Americans captured
the women’s finale before the North Americans topped the men’s podium.
A southern California site was one of the previous Brazil-USA meetings when
the South Americans claimed both gold medals at the 1997 FIVB World Champ-
ionships in Los Angeles at UCLA. The women’s medal matches will be played
first Sunday on the TrueCar Court at Alamitos Beach starting at 10 a.m. Followed
by the men’s podium placement contests starting at 1:30 p.m. The gold medal
winning teams will share the $57,000 first-place prizes in the fourth of five Grand
Slam events on the 2015 FIVB World Tour calendar. After the eighth-seeded
Ross and Walsh Jennings advanced to the finals with a 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) win
in 53 minutes over sixth-seeded Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany,
second-seeded Talita and Larissa gained a spot in the title match with a 2-0
(21-17, 21-18) victory in 42 minutes over seventh-seeded Louise Bawden and
Taliqua Clancy of Australia. Source FIVB.org | Tap for full story >