Newport Harbor High alumna Misty May-Treanor and partner Nicole Branagh have advanced to the semifinals of the SWATCH FIVB World Tour ConocoPhillips Grand Slam in Stavanger, Norway.
May-Treanor and Branagh, seeded seventh, received a bye in round two of the single-elimination rounds Friday because they were undefeated in pool play. They then swept their third-round match against No. 14 Sanne Keizer and Marleen Van Iersel of the Netherlands, 21-19, 21-17, in 39 minutes.
May-Treanor and Branagh will face the No. 1 team of Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca, of Brazil, in a semifinal today. The winner will face either No. 3-seeded Maria Antonelli and Talita Da Rocha Antunes of Brazil, or No. 20 Hana Klapalova and Lenka Hajeckova of the Czech Republic, for the gold medal.