Kessy, Ross Earn Bronze in Barcelona

Sept. 13, 2009, 1:16 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 13, 2009) – Jen Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) defeated Angie Akers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Tyra Turner (Fort Myers Beach, Fla.) 21-13, 21-19 in 43 minutes during an All-American bronze-medal match at the SWATCH/FIVB World Beach Tour Barcelona Open on Sunday.

Kessy and Ross have now medaled in 10 of their last 13 FIVB starts. With the victory, they will split third-place prize money of $15,000, while Akers and Turner split $11,200.

Kessy and Ross have now earned victories over Akers and Turner seven times in as many meetings in 2009, including a 21-17, 30-28 victory in the third round of the Barcelona Open.

Kessy-Ross and Akers-Turners meetings in 2009:
Sept. 13 (Barcelona Open/Bronze Medal) – Kessy and Ross win 21-13, 21-19
Sept. 11 (Barcelona Open/Winner 3) – Kessy and Ross win 21-17, 30-28
Sept. 4 (AVP Tournament of Champions/Winner 2) – Kessy and Ross win 21-18, 21-19
Aug. 21 (Aland Open/Contender 5) – Kessy and Ross win 21-17, 21-17
July 24 (Marseille Grand Slam/Winner 4) – Kessy and Ross win 21-17, 21-19
July 3 (World Championships/Winner 3) – Kessy and Ross win 17-21, 21-12, 15-9
April 19 (AVP Riverside Open/Semifinals) – Kessy and Ross win 21-15, 21-18

Brazil’s Larissa Franca and Juliana Felisberta Silva defeated countrywomen Talita Antunes and Maria Antonelli 21-17, 28-26 in the All-Brazil gold-medal match.

The 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Tour features $7.2-million in prize money and continues through the end of October for the men with a double-gender stop in Sanya, China. After the Sanya stop, the women’s season finale is the first week of November in Phuket, Thailand.

For more information on the Barcelona Open, click here.