Youngs and Branagh Victorious in Olympic Beach Volleyball Opener

Aug. 9, 2008

BEIJING, China - Former UCLA All-American Elaine Youngs, with teammate Nicole Branagh, won their opening match of the women's beach volleyball tournament on Saturday at the Beijing Olympics. The duo recorded a straight-set victory over the Netherlands' Merel Mooren and Rebekka Kadijk 21-19, 27-25.

Youngs and Branagh won a back-and-forth first set, as neither team had more than a two-point lead. The Americans were trailing 19-18 when they scored the final three points to claim the first set.

In the second set, Youngs and Branagh were up 14-7, but the Netherlands' tandem came back to tie the set at 18. Mooren and Kadijk found themselves with another chance to take the set with set point at 25-24, but Youngs and Branagh again netted three straight points to win the second and the Olympic opener.

Next up for Youngs and Branagh are a matchup with Stephanie Pohl and Okka Rau of Germany on Monday at 3 a.m. PT (6 p.m. Beijing Time).

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 25-19, 25-27, 25-19)
Friday, Nov 20
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
(25-22, 22-25, 19-25, 28-26, 15-10)
Sunday, Nov 22
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
(22-25, 27-29, 27-25, 25-21, 10-15)
Wednesday, Nov 25
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 12-25, 15-12)
Friday, Nov 27
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
(18-25, 25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 11-15)
Friday, Dec 04
vs. Lipscomb
Los Angeles, CA
(25-10, 25-22, 25-15)
Saturday, Dec 05
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
(23-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-20, 15-11)
Friday, Dec 11
at Texas
Austin, TX
(25-23, 22-25, 10-25, 20-25)