Walsh Jennings, Ross Start Off Strong At Klagenfurt

By Tyson Rodgers | July 30, 2014, 6 p.m. (ET)

KLAGENFURT, Austria (July 30, 2014) – After winning both matches on Wednesday, the U.S. beach team of Kerri Walsh Jennings (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) look to wrap up pool play of the FIVB A1 Klagenfurt Grand Slam on a high note.

The top-seeded squad downed Austria’s No. 32-seeded team of Barbara Hansel and Bianca Zass, 21-13, 21-13, before defeating Switzerland’s No. 17-seeded duo of Nadine Zumkehr and Joana Heidrich, 21-11, 21-12, during Wednesday’s main draw.

Walsh-Ross will take on the No. 16-seeded team of Laura Ludwig and Julia Sude of Germany to wrap up Pool A play on Thursday. The U.S. tandem is coming off a ninth-place finish at The Hague.

Over in Pool B, No. 15 seeded Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) lost to fellow American squad Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.), 23-25, 18-21. Both teams lost their following matches on Wednesday afternoon, with Fendrick-Sweat losing to Canada’s Jamie Lynn Broder and Kristina Valjas, 23-25, 21-23, while No. 18 Day-Ross were ousted by Czech’s Kristyna Kolocova and Marketa Slukova 12-21, 19-21.

The two teams will swap opponents on Thursday, as Fendrick-Sweat will take on Kolocova-Slukova and Day-Summer will face Broder-Valjas to wrap up Pool B play.

The U.S. team of Heather Hughes (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) lost to Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes and Taylor Pischke, 21-16, 20-22, 10-15, during Tuesday’s qualification round.

On the men’s side, the team of Nicholas Lucena (Davie, Fla.) and Ryan Doherty (Ventura, Calif.) lost to Canada’s Maverick Hatch and Christian Redmann in the qualification round on Wednesday.

The men will have five other squads representing the U.S. in Thursday’s main draw, with recent silver-medal winners of The Hague, Phil Dalhausser (Newbury Park, Calif.) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) headlining the group.