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Kessy, Ross Advance to Final

Aug. 07, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org
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LONDON (Aug. 7, 2012) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Jen Kessy and April Ross set the stage for an all-American Olympic gold medal match on Wednesday by upsetting Brazil’s No. 1 Larissa França and Juliana Felisberta Da Silva, 15-21, 21-19, 15-12 in the semifinals on Tuesday at Horse Guards Parade.

Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) are first-time Olympians and seeded No. 4 in the tournament. On Wednesday, they will play their compatriots, the U.S. team of Misty May-Treanor (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh (San Jose, Calif.), seeded No. 3, in the gold medal match at 9 p.m. local time (1 p.m. PT).

May-Treanor and Walsh defeated China’s No. 2 Chen Xue and Xi Zhang in Tuesday’s first semifinal match, 22-20, 22-20.

“It hasn’t sunk in,” Ross said. “I obviously understand that I’m going to be playing in that match tomorrow. I’m just so proud that we were able to do this for USA Beach Volleyball. Misty and Kerri had a big challenge against the Chinese and they overcame it. This was a super challenging match and we overcame it.

“I’m just really happy that we can be a part of this. I think this is awesome for beach volleyball in the United States.”

França and Silva (5-1), who had not lost a set in London going into Tuesday’s match, will play Xue and Zhang (4-2) for the bronze medal at 7 p.m. local time (11 a.m. PT).

The two U.S. teams have played each other 32 times in both domestic and international competition, with May-Treanor and Walsh leading the series 27-5.

“I gave Misty a hug before the game and said, ‘Congratulations,’” Kessy said. “She said, ‘Good luck and I want to see you tomorrow.’”

Kessy and Ross endured a light but steady rain while coming back from a first-set loss to beat the Brazilians, who are the defending world champions. Kessy and Ross had lost to França and Silva the last nine times they have played and went into the match with a 4-19 overall record against the Brazilian side.

Ross said the team went into Tuesday’s match with a different strategy.

“Our coach Jeff Conover did a lot of scouting and we watched every single  video from here that they’ve played,” Ross said “We came up with the idea of serving Larissa more. From a strategy perspective I think that is different than before.”

Kessy also gave credit to gum, which she started chewing when her team was down 8-6 in the second set.

“I went to get (chewing) gum because I forgot my gum,” Kessy said. “I always play with gum.”

Kessy and Ross led the Brazilian team in attacks (38-36) with Ross scoring on 20 and Kessy on 18. Kessy also had the only three blocks of the match. Brazil led in aces, 4-2 (Ross had both digs for the U.S.) and the teams tied in digs 17-17, with Ross leading the way with 12.

The last time the U.S. had two teams in the Olympic beach finals was at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta where Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes advanced as did the U.S. team of Mike Dodd and Mike Whitmarsh. Kiraly and Steffes went on to win the gold.

The only time the U.S. has won more than one medal in an Olympic women’s beach volleyball tournament was in 2004 in Athens when May-Treanor and Walsh took the gold and the U.S. team of Elaine Youngs and Holly McPeak won the bronze.

The two teams were tied at 11-11 in the first set when Brazil scored on a Silva kill and two straight França aces that hit the net and dropped. Ross scored on an attack, but Brazil scored on two more França attacks to lead 16-12. Brazil reached set point at 20-14 on a Silva attack. Kessy scored with a kill but Silva won the set with a final strike.

The teams were tied 6-6 in the second set when Brazil scored twice on a França attack and U.S. error and the U.S. called timeout for Kessy to get her gum. Brazil increased its lead to three at 9-6 and to four at 11-7. Brazil was leading 12-8 when the U.S. came back with two straight Kessy kills. With Brazil leading 14-11, Ross scored on an attack followed by an ace and another kill to tie the score at 14-14. With the score still tied 15-15, Kessy blocked França twice in a row to give the U.S. a 17-15 lead. Brazil eventually tied the score at 19-19, but the U.S. reached set point on a Kessy kill and won the set with a Ross attack.

The U.S. team took a 5-3 lead in the third set. Brazil scored on a U.S. error and França attack to tie the score, but the U.S. came back with a Ross kill and a point on Brazil’s error to lead 7-5. The U.S. increased its lead to three at 10-7, but Brazil pulled to within one point at 10-9. With the U.S. leading 11-10, Brazil suffered a hitting error followed by a Ross kill and ace to give the U.S. match point at 14-10. Brazil came back with a França attack and ace to pull to within two and the U.S. called timeout. Kessy scored on a final kill to give the U.S. the victory.

Beach Volleyball - Competition Schedule Event Details

Day 7 Fri 03 Aug
Session BV19 Start: 09:00 End: 10:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Goller-Ludwig GER [8] def Holtwick-Semmler GER [12], 21-16, 21-15 (:37)
Session BV20 Start: 13:00 End: 14:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Larissa-Juliana BRA [1] def Meppelink-van Gestel NED [20], 21-10, 21-17 (:35)
Session BV21 Start: 17:00 End: 18:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Kessy-Ross USA [4] def Kuhn-Zumkehr SUI [11], 21-15, 21-19 (:42)
Session BV22 Start: 21:00 End: 22:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Schwaiger D.-Schwaiger S. AUT [15] def Vasina-Vozakova RUS [23], 21-17, 16-21, 15-9 (:50)

Day 8 Sat 04 Aug
Session BV23 Start: 09:00 End: 10:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Zhang Xi-Xue CHN [2] def Ukolova-Khomyakova RUS [18], 21-12, 21-11 (:30)
Session BV24 Start: 13:00 End: 14:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Cicolari-Menegatti ITA [7] def Liliana-Baquerizo ESP [16] , 21-15, 21-15 (:38)
Session BV25 Start: 17:00 End: 18:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Slukova-Kolocova CZE [10] def Talita-Antonelli BRA [5], 21-16, 20-22, 15-9 (:56) 
Session BV26 Start: 21:00 End: 22:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
May-Treanor-Walsh USA [3] def Van Iersel-Keizer NED [9], 21-13, 21-12

Day 9 Sun 05 Aug
Session BV27 Start: 18:00 End: 19:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
QF1: Zhang Xi-Xue CHN [2] def Schwaiger D.-Schwaiger S. AUT [15], 21-18, 21-11 (:35)
QF2: May-Treanor-Walsh USA [3] def Cicolari-Menegatti ITA [7], 21-13, 21-13 (:33)
Session BV28 Start: 22:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
22:00 - 22:50 (2 p.m. PT) Women's Quarterfinal 3: Slukova-Kolocova CZE [10] vs Kessy-Ross USA [4]
23:00 - 23:50 Women's Quarterfinal 4: Larissa-Juliana BRA [1] vs Goller-Ludwig GER [8] 

Day 11 Tue 07 Aug
Session BV31 Start: 17:00 End: 18:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Men Semifinal 1: Emanuel-Alison BRA [1] def Plavins-Smedins, J. LAT [17], 21-15, 22-20 (:41)
Women Semifinal 1: May-Treanor-Walsh USA [3] def Zhang Xi-Xue CHN [2], 22-20, 22-20 (:43)
Session BV32 Start: 21:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Women Semifinal 2: Kessy-Ross USA [4] def Larissa-Juliana BRA [1], 21-15, 19-21, 12-15 (:58)
Men Semifinal 2: Brink-Reckermann GER [3] def Nummerdor-Schuil NED [5], 21-14, 21-16 (:39)

Day 12 Wed 08 Aug
Session BV33 Start: 19:00 End: 22:30 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
19:00 - 19:50 Women bronze - Larissa-Juliana BRA [1] vs Zhang Xi-Xue CHN [2]
21:00 - 21:50 Women gold – Kessy-Ross USA [4] vs May-Treanor-Walsh USA [3]

Day 13 Thu 09 Aug
Session BV34 Start: 19:00 End: 22:30 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
19:00 - 19:50 Men bronze - Plavins-Smedins, J. LAT [17] vs Nummerdor-Schuil NED [5]
21:00 - 21:50 Men gold - Emanuel-Alison BRA [1] vs Brink-Reckermann GER [3]

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)
Pool E: Talita - Antonelli (BRA) def Palmer - Bawden (AUS) 18-21, 21-16, 15-9 (:51)
Session BV18 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade
Meppelink-van Gestel NED [20] def Klapalova-Hajeckova CZE [13], 17-21, 17-21 (:33)
Schwaiger D.-Schwaiger S. AUT [15] def Mullin-Dampney GBR [6], 21-15, 21-12 (:34)

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