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Aug 02 Kessy Ross Wrap up Pool Play with Win

Aug. 02, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

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LONDON (Aug. 2, 2012) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Jen Kessy and April Ross fought off three match points on Thursday as they completed Olympic pool play with a 21-19, 19-21, 19-17 victory in 1 hour, 7 minutes over Liliana Fernández Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan of Spain at the Horse Guards Parade venue.

Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) are first time Olympians and seeded No. 4 in the tournament. They finish pool play at 3-0 to win Pool D and must wait until the end of play on Thursday to find out who and when they will play in the first round of single-elimination play.

No. 16 Fernández and Baquerizo finish Pool D in second place with a record of 2-1.

After the teams split the first two sets, Fernández and Baquerizo held match point in the third-set tie-breaker at 14-12. Kessy and Ross took timeout. Spain had errors in its next two attack attempts to tie the score at 14-14. A successful kill by Baquerizo gave the Spaniards another match point, but Kessy answered with an attack. Kessy and Ross reached match point at 16-15 and 17-16 with Spain fighting them off each time. At 17-17, Ross scored on two straight attacks for the victory.

“We got really lucky on that one I think,” Kessy said. “I think Spain’s going to be bummed that they let that one go.”

Kessy and Ross led in kills (40-32) but Spain dominated in aces (8-0). Each team finished with two blocks and Kessy and Ross led in digs (20-16). Kessy and Ross were charged with 15 team errors while Fernández and Baquerizo had 17.

Ross was not unhappy about the difficult match, which was played in gusty winds.

“We’ve played in tournaments where we’ve breezed through pool play and it doesn’t do you any favors,” she said. “I think it’s good that we were tested like that today. We’re learning more about our team and we stuck together even more than in the Dutch game.”

Kessy and Ross took a 4-1 lead in the first set, scoring three of the four points on Spain’s errors. The U.S. led 5-2 at the first side change and 9-5 at the second. With the U.S. leading 13-9, Spain scored three straight points on two kills and a block to pull to within one at 13-12. Kessy countered with a kill to keep the U.S. ahead. Kessy and Ross reached set point at 20-18 on Spain’s service error. Spain came back with a kill from Fernández but Kessy won the set with a kill.

In the second set, Spain took a 6-3 lead, but the U.S. came back to tie it at 6-6 on two kills from Ross and one by Kessy. The two teams battled, with the U.S. taking two-point leads and Spain catching up. With the U.S. leading 13-11, Spain went on a 4-0 run, including two aces and two kills, to lead 15-13. Spain increased its lead at 19-16. The U.S. scored twice in Spain’s service error and a Ross dig that fell at the back of Spain’s side. But Spain reached set point with a kill from Baquerizo. The U.S. scored once more on a Ross strike, but Spain won it on a U.S. service error.

The teams battled back and forth in the third set. The score was tied 7-7 when Kessy scored with a kill and Ross followed with another to lead 9-7, but Spain tied the score again. With the score tied 12-12, Spain scored on a kill and ace from Fernández to reach match point

Beach Volleyball - Competition Schedule Event Details

Pool C Results
Team (Country) Points/Match Record/Set Record/Points Ratio
1 Walsh-May-Treanor (USA) 6/3-0/6-1/1.257
2 Slukova-Kolocova (CZE) 5/2-1/4-4/.971
3 Schwaiger D.-Schwaiger S. (AUT) 4/1-2/4-5/.940
4 Cook-Hinchley (AUS) 3/0-3/2-6/.901

Pool D Results
Team (Country) Points/Match Record/Set Record/Points Ratio
1 Kessy-Ross (USA) 6/3-0/6-2/1.146
2 Liliana-Baquerizo (ESP) 5/2-1/5-3/1.049
3 Van Iersel-Keizer (NED) 4/1-2/4-4/1.063
4 Gallay-Zonta (ARG) 3/0-3/0-6/.732

Day 1 Sat 28 Jul
Session BV01 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool B: Vasina - Vozakova (RUS) def  Zhang Xi - Xue (CHN),  21-18, 14-21, 14-16 (:53)
Pool A: Holtwick - Semmler (GER) def Klapalová - Hájecková (CZE), 21-16, 21-18 (:37)
Session BV02 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool C: Sluková - Kolocová (CZE) def Schwaiger D. - Schwaiger S. (AUT), 10-21, 21-13, 15-13 (:47)
Pool A: Larissa - Juliana (BRA) def Rigobert - Li Yuk Lo (MRI), 21-5, 21-10 (:28) 
Session BV03 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool B: Kuhn - Zumkehr (SUI) vs Arvaniti - Tsiartsiani (GRE), 21-13, 21-19 (:38)
Pool C:  May-Treanor - Walsh (USA) def Cook - Hinchley (AUS), 21-18, 21-19 (:38)

Day 2 Sun 29 Jul
Session BV04 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool F: Cicolari - Menegatti (ITA) def Ukolova - Khomyakova (RUS), 17-21, 21-18, 15-8 (:55)
Pool D: Liliana - Baquerizo (ESP) def  Van Iersel - Keizer (NED), 21-14, 16-21, 11-15 (:49)
Session BV05 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool E: Goller - Ludwig (GER) def Palmer - Bawden (AUS) , 21-18, 19-21, 15-8 (:53)
Pool F: Mullin - Dampney (GBR) def Lessard - Martin (CAN), 17-21, 21-14, 15-13 (:53)
Session BV06 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool E: Talita - Antonelli (BRA) def Meppelink - Van Gestel (NED), 21-10, 21-19 (:35)
Pool D: Kessy - Ross (USA) def Zonta - Gallay (ARG), 21-11, 21-18 (:33)

Day 3 Mon 30 Jul
Session BV07 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool A: Klapalová - Hájecková (CZE) def Rigobert - Li Yuk Lo (MRI), 21-10, 21-11 (:28)
Pool B: Zhang Xi - Xue (CHN) def Kuhn - Zumkehr (SUI), 21-18, 16-21, 15-8 (:54) 
Session BV08 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool A: Larissa - Juliana (BRA) def Holtwick - Semmler (GER), 21-18, 21-13 (:41) 
Pool B: Arvaniti - Tsiartsiani (GRE) def Vasina - Vozakova (RUS), 18-21, 21-13, 15-12 (:51)
Session BV09 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool C: Schwaiger D. - Schwaiger S. (AUT) def Cook - Hinchley (AUS), 18-21, 22-20, 15-10 (:53) 
Pool C: May-Treanor - Walsh (USA) def Sluková - Kolocová (CZE), 21-14, 21-19 (:36)

Day 4 Tue 31 Jul
Session BV10 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool D: Liliana - Baquerizo (ESP) vs Zonta - Gallay (ARG), 22-20, 21-16 (:39)
Pool E: Talita - Antonelli (BRA) vs Goller - Ludwig (GER), 21-19, 29-31, 15-13 (1:05)
Session BV11 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool E: Meppelink - Van Gestel (NED) def Palmer - Bawden (AUS), 21-19, 21-15 (:36)
Pool F: Cicolari - Menegatti (ITA) def Mullin - Dampney (GBR), 21-18, 21-12 (:37)
Session BV12 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool F: Ukolova - Khomyakova (RUS) def Lessard - Martin (CAN), 21-18, 28-30, 15-13 (1:09)
Pool D: Kessy - Ross (USA) def Van Iersel - Keizer (NED), 21-15, 12-21, 15-8 (:56) 

Day 5 Wed 01 Aug
Session BV13 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool B: Zhang Xi - Xue (CHN) def Arvaniti - Tsiartsiani (GRE), 21-17, 21-16 (:39)  
Holtwick - Semmler (GER) def Rigobert - Li Yuk Lo (MRI), 21-11, 21-10 (:28)  
Session BV14 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool B: Vasina - Vozakova (RUS) def Kuhn - Zumkehr (SUI), 21-17, 19-21, 15-9 (:52)
Pool A: Larissa - Juliana (BRA) def Klapalová - Hájecková (CZE), 21-12, 21-18 (:35)
Session BV15 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool C: Sluková - Kolocová (CZE) def Cook - Hinchley (AUS), 21-16, 18-21, 15-11 (:57)
Pool C: May-Treanor - Walsh (USA) def Schwaiger D. - Schwaiger S. (AUT), 17-21, 21-8, 15-10 (:47)

Day 6 Thu 02 Aug
Session BV16 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool D: Van Iersel - Keizer (NED) def Zonta - Gallay (ARG), 21-12, 21-16 (:35)
Pool F: Cicolari - Menegatti (ITA) vs Lessard - Martin (CAN), 21-12, 23-25, 15-10 (:55)
Session BV17 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade
Pool E: Goller - Ludwig (GER) def Meppelink - Van Gestel (NED), 21-18, 21-14 (:37)
Pool F: Ukolova - Khomyakova (RUS) def Mullin - Dampney (GBR), 23-25, 13-21 (:43)
Pool D: Kessy - Ross (USA) def Liliana - Baquerizo (ESP), 21-19, 19-21, 19-17 (1:07)
17:30 - 18:20 Women's Preliminaries - Talita - Antonelli (BRA) vs Palmer - Bawden (AUS)
Session BV18 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade
22:00 - 22:50 Women - Women's Lucky Loser Women's Lucky Loser - Match 1
22:00 - 22:50 Women - Women's Lucky Loser Women's Lucky Loser - Match 2

Day 7 Fri 03 Aug
Session BV19 Start: 09:00 End: 10:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
09:00 - 09:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 1
10:00 - 10:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 1
Session BV20 Start: 13:00 End: 14:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
13:00 - 13:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 2
14:00 - 14:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 2
Session BV21 Start: 17:00 End: 18:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
17:00 - 17:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 3
18:00 - 18:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 3
Session BV22 Start: 21:00 End: 22:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
21:00 - 21:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 4
22:00 - 22:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 4

Day 8 Sat 04 Aug
Session BV23 Start: 09:00 End: 10:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
09:00 - 09:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 5
10:00 - 10:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 5
Session BV24 Start: 13:00 End: 14:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
13:00 - 13:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 6
14:00 - 14:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 6
Session BV25 Start: 17:00 End: 18:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
17:00 - 17:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 7
18:00 - 18:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 7
Session BV26 Start: 21:00 End: 22:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
21:00 - 21:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 8
22:00 - 22:50 Men's or Women's Round of 16 - Match 8

Day 9 Sun 05 Aug
Session BV27 Start: 18:00 End: 19:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
18:00 - 18:50 Women - Women's Quarterfinals Women's Quarterfinal 1
19:00 - 19:50 Women - Women's Quarterfinals Women's Quarterfinal 2
Session BV28 Start: 22:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
22:00 - 22:50 Women - Women's Quarterfinals Women's Quarterfinal 3
23:00 - 23:50 Women - Women's Quarterfinals Women's Quarterfinal 4

Day 10 Mon 06 Aug
Session BV29 Start: 18:00 End: 19:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
18:00 - 18:50 Men - Men's Quarterfinals Men's Quarterfinal 1
19:00 - 19:50 Men - Men's Quarterfinals Men's Quarterfinal 2
Session BV30 Start: 22:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
22:00 - 22:50 Men - Men's Quarterfinals Men's Quarterfinal 3
23:00 - 23:50 Men - Men's Quarterfinals Men's Quarterfinal 4

Day 11 Tue 07 Aug
Session BV31 Start: 17:00 End: 18:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
17:00 - 17:50 Men's or Women's Semifinal 1
18:00 - 18:50 Men's or Women's Semifinal 1
Session BV32 Start: 21:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
21:00 - 21:50 Men's or Women's Semifinal 2
23:00 - 23:50 Men's or Women's Semifinal 2

Day 12 Wed 08 Aug
Session BV33 Start: 19:00 End: 22:30 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
19:00 - 19:50 Women - Women's Medal Matches Women's Bronze Medal Match
21:00 - 21:50 Women - Women's Medal Matches Women's Gold Medal Match

Day 13 Thu 09 Aug
Session BV34 Start: 19:00 End: 22:30 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
19:00 - 19:50 Men - Men's Medal Matches Men's Bronze Medal Match
21:00 - 21:50 Men - Men's Medal Matches Men's Gold Medal Match

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