Kessy, Ross to Play for Gold Medal at Worlds

July 04, 2009, 9:14 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 4, 2009) – The USA Volleyball beach team of Jen Kessy and April Ross has advanced to today’s gold medal match of the SWATCH FIVB World Championships in Stavanger, Norway.

Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) defeated fifth-ranked Shelda Bede and Ana Paula Connelly, 2-1 (28-26, 15-21, 15-9) in 73 minutes on Saturday.

The U.S. team will play third-seeded Brazilians Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca in the final, which starts at 11 a.m. MT (10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET). The match will be shown live online at