Kessy/Ross, Akers/Turner Reach Phuket Semifinals

Nov. 06, 2009, 1:35 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 6, 2009) – The U.S. beach volleyball teams of Jen Kessy and April Ross and Angie Akers and Tyra Turner remained undefeated on Friday and  advanced to the semifinals of the Phuket Thailand Open, part of the Swatch FIVB World Tour.

The top-seeded Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.), who won the 2008 Phuket Thailand Open, advanced to their 16th SWATCH FIVB World Tour semifinal in 32 international events together by posting a 24-22, 21-16 win in 46 minutes over fourth-seeded Sanne Keizer and Marleen Van Iersel of Netherlands in the fourth round.

Kessy and Ross opened play Friday by defeating 24th-seeded Ying Huang and Xi Zhang of China, 21-17, 21-14 in 39 minutes.

Turner (Fort Myers Beach, Fla.), who placed second at the 2008 Phuket Thailand Open with Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.), and Akers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) advanced to their third-straight SWATCH FIVB World Tour semifinal and fourth this season in 11 events with a 21-9, 19-21, 15-10 in 48 minutes over 30th-seeded qualifiers Elsa Baquerizo and Liliana Fernandez Steiner of Spain in the fourth round.

The quarterfinal victory was Akers’ and Turner’s third-straight, three-set win as the Americans opened play with a 16-21, 21-19, 15-4 win over 23rd-seeded qualifiers Ekaterina Khomyakova and Anastasia Vasina of Russia.

With the two wins Friday, Akers and Turner will be looking for their second-straight SWATCH medal after placing third last week in China.

The U.S. team of Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Ashley Ivy (Arlington, Texas), seeded 17th, is still alive in the consolation bracket and will need two victories on Saturday if they hope to advance to the semifinals, which will also be played on Saturday.

Fendrick and Ivy will play 19th-seeded Chen Xue and Linjun Ji of China in their first match on Saturday. The winner of that match will face Spain’s Baquerizo and Steiner.

Fendrick and Ivy won three matches in consolation on Friday, first eliminating 15th-ranked Liesbeth Mouha and Liesbet van Breedam, 21-16, 21-15 in 40 minutes. In the next round they upset Spain’s seventh-seeded Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti, 13-21, 21-19, 16-14 in 52 minutes. Finally, they defeated Netherlands’ 12th-ranked Daniëlle Remmers and Sophie van Gestel, 13-21, 21-16, 15-11 in 47 minutes.

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