B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 31, 2009) – USA Volleyball beach players Jen Kessy and April Ross came up short in their bid for a gold medal on Sunday at the US$190,000 Seoul Open in South Korea, part of the SWATCH FIVB World Tour.
Top-ranked Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) fell to Brazil’s fourth-seeded Talita Antunes and Maria Antonelli, 0-2 (20-22, 16-21) in 45 minutes.
“We just played better today against the Americans and took advantage of the bright and windy conditions,” said Talita, who was named the SWATCH most outstanding player for the third annual Seoul Open at the Han River Jamsil Citizen Park Beach Volleyball centre court where over 3,000 fans watched the medal matches Sunday.
Kessy and Ross, who shared the $21,000 second-place prize, have now competed in FIVB gold medal matches in their last five World Tour events with a second-place in Dubai last October followed by 2008 season-ending titles in Thailand (Phuket) and China (Sanya).
The SWATCH FIVB World Tour now breaks for more than three weeks before resuming play on June 25 at the 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Championships in Stavanger, Norway. The finals are July 4 for women and July 5 for men.
For more information, visit the FIVB beach volleyball site at www.fivb.org/en/BeachVolleyball/index.asp.