Olympic Beach Preview for Aug 5 2012 Kessy and Ross

Aug. 05, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

No. 4 Jennifer Kessy/April Ross (USA) vs. No. 10 Kristyna Kolocova / Marketa Slukova (CZE)
Date: Aug. 5, 2012
Time: 10 p.m. local; 2 p.m. PT

FIVB 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball Media Guide

Match Preview

  • Kolocova is 5-foot-7 and 24 years old; Slukova is 6-0 and 24 years old
  • Kolocova and Slukova advanced to the quarterfinals by going 2-1 in pool play (4-4 in sets). Their only pool play loss came to the U.S. team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. In the first round, Kolokova and Slukova upset Brazil’s No. 5 Maria Antonelli and Talita Rocha Brazil, 21-16, 20-22, 15-9 in 56 minutes.
  • Kessy and Ross advanced by going 3-0 in pool play (6-2 in sets). In the first round, Kessy and Ross defeated No. 11 Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr of Switzerland, 21-15, 21-19 in 42 minutes.
  • Slukova and Kolocova first met when they were part of a specialized volleyball team at high school in the Czech Republic. They made their FIVB World Tour debut in 2009, having been European Under-18 champions in 2005. They made their first World Tour quarterfinals in 2010, with Slukova being named the World Tour's Top Rookie in the same year. They were also crowned European U23 champions in 2010. They qualified for London 2012 after finishing 11th in the FIVB's Olympic qualification rankings. The pair has never reached the podium on the FIVB World Tour
  • Kessy and Ross are 6-1 lifetime against the Czech team, but they have not played each other this season.
  • The winner of the match will advance to the semifinals to play the winner of the quarterfinal match between No. 1 Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva of Brazil and No. 8 Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig of Germany.
  • Kessy and Ross lead all women’s teams competing in the Olympic Games in kills with 120 on 201 attempts for a kill percent of .60. Slukova and Kolocova are 10th in attacks with 104 in 199 attempts for a kill percent of .52.
  • Slukova and Kolocova are second among all teams in digs with 97 in four matches (12.13 per set). Kessy and Ross are in 11th place with 66 digs in four matches (6.6 per set).
  • In individual statistics, Kolocova is eighth among all scorers with 79 points on 72 kill and seven aces. Ross is 10th among all scorers with 73 points on 58 attacks, five blocks and 10 aces.
  • Ross’s 10 aces (1.0 per set) ties her for sixth among all competitors and she has also been clocked with the third fastest serve of the tournament at 81 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour).
  • Kessy is seventh among all competitors in attacks with 62 on 107 attempts for a kill percent of .58.

Kessy and Ross Team Fast Facts

  • Joined forces in 2007
  • Defeated Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in the winner’s bracket at Hermosa Beach marking the third time that May-Treanor and Walsh fell before the semifinals on the AVP tour
  • Ross ended their debut season ranked in the AVP top-to in three categories: aces per game ( ranked second with .99),  kills (ranked sixth with 7.01) and hitting percentage (ranked seventh with .440)
  • Became the lowest-seeded team to win an FIVB even in 2007 at the Stavanger Grand Slam
  • In 2008, advanced to the semifinals in all but one AVP event and ended the season as the third-ranked team on tour
  • Just missed qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games after finishing seventh in world rankings but only third among U.S. women’s teams
  • Won the FIVB World Championships in Stavanger in 2009 marking the fourth-straight time a U.S. women’s team won the event
  • During 2009 medaled nine times out of 12 events
  • Went on a 21-event streak of AVP championship appearances ending with a third-place finish in Santa Barbara in 2010
  • Extended their FIVB podium-appearance streak to eight after competing for a medal in 2010 season’s first five FIVB events
  • From October 2008 through the 2010 Moscow Grand Slam, the duo competed for a medal in 17 of their 20 FIVB events
  • In 2009, the duo became the sixth team worldwide to amass over one million dollars in career earnings together

Kessy Personal

  • 35 years old and born in Orange, Calif. San Luis Obispo is her hometown
  • 6-foot-0
  • Graduated from the  University of Southern California

Kessy Career

  • Played for USC all four years of college
  • All-PAC 10 selection in 1995-1998
  • Earned All-District honors in 1997
  • Earned All-American honors in 1998
  • Member of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team
  • In 2002, played indoor professionally for the Chicago Thunder
  • In 2003, played professionally in Puerto Rico
  • Made her pro beach debut in 2000 and played in five domestic events along with three international events
  • Played with Olympian Barbra Fontana in 2004 and Bronze Medalist and three-time Olympian Holly McPeak in 2005.
  • Tallied her first top-20 season (by points) in 2003
  •  Five fifth-place finishes in 2004 earned her a top-10 player ranking as well as FIVB Most Improved
  • Ranked second on the AVP Tour in 2005
  • Partnered with Ross for the first time in 2007
  • Ranked AVP’s top-11 for seven straight years from 2004-2010
  • Surpassed one million dollars in career earnings at Gstaad in 2010, making her the eight woman and sixth American to do so
  • AVP Most Improved Player in 2004

To view Jennifer Kessy's complete bio, click here
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Ross Personal

  • Born in Costa Mesa, Calif.; 30 years old
  • 6-foot-1
  • Graduated from the University of Southern California

Ross Career

  • Started every match during her career at USC
  • Led her team in kills and points each year at USC
  • Led team in digs till the libero position was installed in 2002
  • Named National Freshman of the year in 2000
  • Named First Team All-PAC 10 each of her four season
  • Second Team AVCA All-American in 2000
  • First Team AVCA All-American in 2002 and 2003
  • Conference Player of the Year in 2003 (senior year)
  • Academic All-PAC 10 honors twice during her career
  • Kicked off her pro beach career in 2006 and earned AVP Rookie of the Year
  • Ranked ninth on the tour and played with Olympian Barbara Fontana
  • Partnered with Jennifer Kessy in 2007
  • Became first women to start her pro beach career with three FIVB wins before winning domestically
  • Tallied the FIVB’s second-fasted recorded serve in 2008 at 85.7 km/hr in Berlin
  • First U.S. women to ever receive FIVB Rookie of the Year
  • In 2007, won AVP Most Improved Player
  • In 2009 and 2011, named FIVB Best Hitter
  • Named FIVB Best Offensive Player in 2009
  • Named FIVB Best Server in 2011

To view April Ross's complete bio, click here
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