BEACH VOLLEYBALL NEWS

FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, Semifinal Saturday

Hooray for an event in my time zone~! Coverage wound up being a little spotty, but with a couple of important and, as it happened, richly entertaining matches on the digital airwaves, a full(ish) report seemed in order. The first match of the day finished before I got home from work. Not sure if it was or wasn’t webcast. It pitted last week’s champions Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz...
Via The Net Set
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Walsh Jennings wins Manhattan Beach Open again

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) Three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings won the AVP Manhattan Beach Open for the record seventh time Sunday, teaming with April Ross to beat Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat. Walsh Jennings and Ross led 19-21, 21-13, 9-0 when Fendrick and Sweat were forced to retire after Sweat sustained a back injury. Walsh Jennings, who turned 36 on Friday...
Via AP on Fox
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Walsh Jennings and Ross win in Atlanta City

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross won the DO AC Pro Beach Volleyball Invitational on Sunday for their sixth consecutive AVP Tour title. Walsh Jennings and Ross beat Emily Day and Summer Ross 21-19, 21-12 in the title match to run their season match record to 31-0. The victory ran Walsh Jennings' female tournament victory record to 133. In the men's final...
Via AP on Fox
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross team for 6th straight AVP Tour title

  Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross won the DO AC Pro Beach Volleyball Invitational on Sunday for their sixth consecutive AVP Tour title. Walsh Jennings and Ross beat Emily Day and Summer Ross 21-19, 21-12 in the title match to run their season match record to 31-0. The victory ran Walsh Jennings' female tournament victory record to 133. ''We're exactly where we should be right...
Via AP on Fox
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Walsh Jennings, Ross complete perfect AVP season

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross completed the first perfect season in AVP Tour history, winning the AVP Championships on Sunday at Huntington Beach. Walsh Jennings and Ross beat Whitney Pavlik and Heather Hughes 22-20, 21-17 in the final for their seventh victory in seven events. They had a 36-0 match record and won 72 of 76 sets. ''To have done...
Via AP on Fox
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross complete perfect AVP season

  Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross completed the first perfect season in AVP Tour history, winning the AVP Championships on Sunday at Huntington Beach. Walsh Jennings and Ross beat Whitney Pavlik and Heather Hughes 22-20, 21-17 in the final for their seventh victory in seven events. They had a 36-0 match record and won 72 of 76 sets. ''To have done it together as a new team,...
Via AP on Fox
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Wow! Volleyball on Sports Center?

Fresh from winning the 2014 AVP Women’s Championship in Huntington Beach, California, the duo of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross appeared on Sports Center and humiliated the hosts in a mock Volleyball match. Kerry Walsh Jennings and April Ross literally beat the stuffing out of Kenny Mayne and Neil Everett this morning on Sports Center by a score of 11 – 0 .  It was, without...
Via The Net Set
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Walsh Jennings, Ross ready with start of Olympic qualifying

NEW YORK (AP) As Olympic medalists in beach volleyball, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross brought plenty of ability to their new partnership. That led to plenty of winning in their first year and a half together, even if their timing wasn't always perfect. ''We at first approached it like, `OK, we know how to do these plays,''' Ross said recently. ''But I don't think it was until...
Via AP on Fox
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Walsh Jennings, Ross run AVP Tour winning streak to 8

KENNER, La. (AP) Three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and silver medalist April Ross won the season-opening New Orleans Open on Sunday to extend their AVP Tour winning streak to eight events. The top-seeded Walsh Jennings and Ross beat No. 3 Jennifer Kessy and Emily Day 21-16, 22-20 in the final. Walsh Jennings and Ross swept all five of their matches and have won 42...
Via AP on Fox
May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Gibb, Patterson win St. Pete Grand Slam title

ST. PETERBSURG, Fla. (AP) Americans Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson won the $800,000 St. Pete Grand Slam on Saturday, rallying for a 16-21, 23-21, 15-13 victory over Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst of the Netherlands in the final of the international qualifying tournament for the 2016 Rio Games. Gibb and Patterson won each of their seven matches on the way to their first...
Via AP on Fox
June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Beach volleyball Olympians Dalhausser, Rosenthal split

Two of the United States' best hopes for a medal in men's beach volleyball are shuffling partners less than a year before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Beijing gold medalist Phil Dalhausser has split with his partner, two-time Olympian Sean Rosenthal. The team has won six times on the FIVB international tour, but Dalhausser has fought an injury this year. Dalhausser returns to his...
Via AP on Fox
July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Ross, Fopma win AVP Kingston Seattle Open

SEATTLE (AP) Top-seeded April Ross and Jennifer Fopma won the AVP Kingston Seattle Open on Sunday, beating third-seeded Summer Ross and Lane Carico 21-18, 15-21, 15-13. Ross won for the ninth time in the last 10 AVP tournaments. She won the first eight with three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, who is sidelined by a shoulder injury. Misty May-Treanor, who won three...
Via AP on Fox
August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Brazil's Antunes, Franca win in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Brazil's Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca won their fourth FIVB World Tour event of the season Sunday, beating Americans April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings 21-18, 21-16 in the World Series of Beach Volleyball. Antunes and Franca also won the 2014 title. Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt completed the Brazilian sweep, beating Americans Phil Dalhausser...
Via AP on Fox
August 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Branagh, Kropp win AVP Kingston Chicago Open

CHICAGO (AP) Nicole Branagh and Jenny Kropp won the AVP Kingston Chicago Open on Sunday, beating Kim DiCello and Kendra Van Zwieten 21-16, 21-19. After falling to the second-seeded DiCello and Van Zwieten in the third round of the double-elimination tournament Saturday, Branagh and Kropp rebounded to set up the rematch. The title was Kropp's first, and Branagh's 17th. Brad Keenan...
Via AP on Fox
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

April Ross teams with 3rd partner for record win

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) April Ross became the first female player in AVP tour history to win titles with three partners in the same season, teaming with Lauren Fendrick to take the Kingston AVP Championships at Huntington Beach. Ross and Fendrick beat Nicole Branagh and Jenny Kropp 21-19, 23-21 in the final. Ross won the season-opening New Orleans Open with three-time Olympic...
Via AP on Fox
September 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Brazil's Talita and Larissax win FIVB World Tour Finals

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Brazil's Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca won the FIVB World Tour Finals on Sunday, beating Germany's Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst 21-17, 21-18 to extend their international winning streak to 27 matches. ''We try to take everything point by point,'' Franca said. ''When we scored that last point, we could feel the energy of the crowd. We worked so...
Via AP on Fox
October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Nick Lucena, Phil Dalhausser err on the cautious side, withdraw from AVP Huntington Beach Open with injury on Day 1

HUNTINGTON BEACH – When a bid to the Olympic Games is at stake, there is no such thing as a minor injury. That point was driven home early Friday morning at the AVP Huntington Beach Open. Less than an hour after Olympic hopefuls Phil Dalhausser and...
Via The OC Register
May 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Patterson-Gibb's march to Olympics on schedule, moving to AVP semifinals

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Casey Patterson and Jake Gibb are the first to admit Las Vegas isn’t taking any bets on their Olympic Games chances. But if good planning and execution mean anything, the hometown volleyball duo here might beat whatever odds...
Via The OC Register
May 07, 2016  |  Discuss

April Ross, Kerri Walsh Jennings hit homestretch to Rio in stride, winning Huntington Beach Open

HUNTINGTON BEACH – April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings have reached that moment in their volleyball partnership where they finish each other’s sentences. After claiming the AVP Huntington Beach Open title Sunday, they began talking about how much...
Via The OC Register
May 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Walsh Jennings, Ross win FIVB Cincinnati Open

MASON, Ohio (AP) Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross won the FIVB Cincinnati Open on Saturday, beating China's Chen Xue and Xinyi Xia 20-22, 21-14 and 18-16. ''They served lights-out and we gave up too many points, so we fought back,'' Walsh Jenning said. ''We got some mojo at the end of the first set and carried that into set 2. April served like the first 10 points it felt like...
Via AP on Fox
May 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross take gold in New York City

Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross defeat Lane Carico and Summer Ross for gold at the AVP New York City Open.
Via CSN Chicago
June 19, 2016

Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross take gold in New York City

Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross defeat Lane Carico and Summer Ross for gold at the AVP New York City Open.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
June 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Phil Dalhausser injures calf at AVP Manhattan Beach Open

Rio-bound and Beijing Olympic gold medalist Phil Dalhausser injures his calf during the AVP Manhattan Beach Open. Dalhausser hopes the injury will not hamper him during the Rio Games.
Via CSN Chicago
July 17, 2016

Phil Dalhausser injures calf at AVP Manhattan Beach Open

Rio-bound and Beijing Olympic gold medalist Phil Dalhausser injures his calf during the AVP Manhattan Beach Open. Dalhausser hopes the injury will not hamper him during the Rio Games.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
July 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Who is... Jake Gibb

Jake Gibb is making his third Olympic appearance in Rio, his first alongside new partner Casey Patterson. The duo began playing in 2013 and enter the Olympic tournament as the fifth seed. Sport Beginnings Jake Gibb got his start in volleyball as a senior in high school, though admittedly he thought it was a girls sport. He began playing regularly when he was 21 years old and made...
Via CSN Chicago
July 29, 2016
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