U.S. Women's Teams Bow Out in Netherlands

Aug. 26, 2009, 2:59 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 26, 2009) – Two U.S. women’s beach volleyball teams bowed out of the City of The Hague Open, part of the SWATCH FIVB World Tour, on the first day of main draw play in Netherlands on Wednesday.

Jen Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.), seeded third in the event and the silver medalists at last weekend’s PAF Open in Mariehamn, Finland, fell in the first round to Netherlands’ 30th-seeded Madelein Meppelink and Margo Wiltens, 14-21, 13-21 in 40 minutes. It was the first main draw victory ever for the Netherlands team.

“We watched those women win the world championships on television,” said Wiltens in an FIVB press release. “This is a big thrill and very exciting, especially playing in front of family and friends.  I don’t think Kessy was feeling too good, so we caught the Americans at the right time.”

Kessy and Ross fell to the consolation round, where they lost to Switzerland’s 19th-ranked Muriel Graessli and Nadine Zumkehr, 18-21, 17-21 in 31 minutes.

Kessy and Ross’ American rivals Angie Akers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Tyra Turner (Fort Meyers Beach, Fla.), ranked seventh, lost their first-round match to Finland’s 26th-seeded Erika and Emilia Nyström, 16-21, 15-21 in 33 minutes.

Akers and Turner went on to lose their consolation match to Netherlands’ Janne Kongshavn and Kathrine Maaseide, seeded 23rd, 18-21, 14-21 in 27 minutes.

Both U.S. teams, along with the U.S. women’s team of Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Ashley Ivy (Arlington, Texas), are scheduled to compete on Sept. 8-13 at the Barcelona Open in Spain.

More information and complete results and photos are available at www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVolleyball/index.asp.