Akers, Turner Lead Pool at Beach Worlds

June 28, 2009, 6:35 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. (June 28, 2009) – The USA Volleyball beach team of Angie Akers and Tyra Turner sits alone atop Pool F with a 2-0 record after the third day of play at the SWATCH FIVB World Championships in Stavanger, Norway.

Akers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Turner (Fort Myers Beach, Fla.), ranked sixth, defeated 30th-seeded Deborah Giaoui and Eva Hamzaoui of France on Sunday, 2-1 (23-25, 21-16, 15-13).

Akers and Turner had to pull themselves together for the victory after blowing a 19-16 lead in the first set.

"Definitely it was tactical. We haven't seen this team,” Turner said. “We had to make adjustments.''

Akers and Turner will play their final pool play match on Tuesday against Sweden’s 19th-seeded Karin Lundqvist and Angelica Ljungquist.

Meanwhile, in Pool A, top-seeded Jen Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) defeated compatriots Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Ashley Ivy (Arlington, Texas), ranked 25th, 2-0 (21-14, 21-12).

“We started down 3-0 in first game and that’s not a good start, said Ross, who finished with five aces and 11 digs. “You never know what’s going to happen when you’re playing another American team. The strategy gets so mixed up because you’ve played them so often.  

Fendrick and Ivy were hurt by six attack errors and five service errors.

“We made some errors, and they were on today,” Fendrick said. “They played really well. We’ve lined up against them in a lot of tournaments. It’s always a good, tough match. They never give you anything.”

Kessy and Ross are tied atop the pool with Latvia’s 24th-ranked Inese Jursone and Inguna Minusa. Both teams have 2-0 records. That will change when they play each other on Tuesday.

Fendrick and Ivy will try to get their first victory of the tournament on Tuesday when they play 48th-ranked Ragnhild Aas and Siri Bjørkesett of Norway.

Matches can be seen live at Universal Sports.

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

U.S. Schedule for FIVB World Championships

Pool Play
Pool B
June 27: Rogers-Dalhausser USA [2] def. Morais-Silva ANG [47], 2-0 (21-8, 21-11)
June 27: Gibb-Rosenthal USA [23] def. Lochhead-Pitman NZL [26], 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-13)
June 29: Rogers-Dalhausser USA [2] vs. Gibb-Rosenthal USA [23]
July 1: Gibb-Rosenthal USA [23] vs. Morais-Silva ANG [47]
July 1: Rogers-Dalhausser USA [2] vs. Lochhead-Pitman NZL [26]

Pool D
June 27: Heyer-Heuscher SUI [28] def. Lucena-Keenan USA [21], 2-0 (21-17, 21-16)
June 29: Lucena-Keenan USA [21] vs. Maaseide-Horrem NOR [45]
July 1: Cunha-Pedro BRA [4] vs. Lucena-Keenan USA [21]

Pool H
June 27: Jennings-Fuerbringer USA [17] def. Varnier-Nicolai ITA [32], 2-1 (23-25, 21-16, 15-10)
June 29: Jennings-Fuerbringer USA [17] vs. Huber-Gartmayer AUT [41]
July 1: Nummerdor-Schuil NED [8] vs. Jennings-Fuerbringer USA [17]

Pool A
June 26: Ross-Kessy USA [1] def. Aas-Bjørkesett NOR [48], 2-0 (21-10, 21-13)
June 26: Minusa-Jursone LAT [24] def. Fendrick-Ivy USA [25] , 2-1 (21-19, 19-21, 15-10)
June 28: Ross-Kessy USA [1] def. Fendrick-Ivy USA [25], 2-0 (21-14, 21-12)
June 30: Ross-Kessy USA [1] vs. Minusa-Jursone LAT [24]
June 30: Fendrick-Ivy USA [25] vs. Aas-Bjørkesett NOR [48]

Pool D
June 27: Branagh-Youngs USA [4] def. Dampney-Mullin GBR [45], 2-0 (21-14, 21-13)
June 29: Branagh-Youngs USA [4] vs. Martin-Lessard CAN [28],
July 1: Branagh-Youngs USA [4] vs. Banck-Günther GER [21]

Pool F
June 26: Turner-Akers USA [6] def. Forrer-Schmocker SUI [43], 2-0 (21-13, 21-19)
June 28: Turner-Akers USA [6] def. Giaoui-Hamzaoui FRA [30], 2-1 (23-25, 21-16, 15-13)
June 30: Turner-Akers USA [6] vs. Lundqvist-Ljungquist SWE [19]