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Cuervo Gold Crown bonus eludes May-Treanor, Walsh once again

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: May-Treanor and Walsh lose $25,000 bonus after forfeiting mini tournament final because Walsh aggravates shoulder injury. May-Treanor unhappy with Gold Crown format.

May 04, 2008|By Soraya Nadia McDonaldDaily Pilot

HUNTINGTON BEACH — For the second straight year, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh walked away from the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals’ Cuervo Gold Crown series final empty-handed.

May-Treanor and Walsh, who have won all three AVP tournaments since the season started last month, forfeited Sunday’s final in the Cuervo Gold Crown series because Walsh aggravated an injury in her right shoulder.

Walsh had surgery in November 2007 to repair her rotator cuff and remove bone chips, bone spurs, and scar tissue which had accumulated.

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The forfeit meant that Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branaugh, winners of the other women’s semifinal Sunday morning, claimed the winner-take-all $25,000 bonus check.

To replace the women’s final, which will be telecast on Fox Sports Net, Branaugh and Youngs played an exhibition game with the winners of a coin toss between the semifinal losers.

May-Treanor said she knew late Saturday that Walsh’s shoulder was bothering her, but Walsh wanted to see if she’d feel any differently Sunday morning.

“I feel pretty selfish,” Walsh said. “I should have not played the first place so I could have given the chance to [Davis and Jordan] to win the money ... I thought I could push through. Two matches, you think you can do it. I have a big ego, so I wanted to do it, but I blew it.”

Walsh said she struggled with passing because of her shoulder in Saturday’s Huntington Beach Open final against Tyra Turner and Rachel Wacholder, but she and Walsh prevailed, winning, 21-17, 22-20.

Walsh said she felt her shoulder pop Saturday during the duo's semifinal match against Branaugh and Youngs.

“Today I thought I could push through it, but I just couldn't,” Walsh said. “I don't think that I injured it. I just think that after surgery, you take two steps forward and a step back, and this is the first step back. It's really disappointing because it's a big tournament, but there's a big picture.”

May-Treanor and Walsh are the front runners in the qualifying race for the 2008 Olympics. The top two U.S. men's and women's teams will travel to Beijing in August to compete.

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