Ross, Walsh Win 3rd Gold of 2014

By Jessica Hall | June 28, 2014, 5:37 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 28, 2014) – The U.S. beach team of April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings claimed their third gold medal on the 2014 FIVB World Tour at the Stavanger Grand Slam in Norway, on Saturday.

April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennnings
  April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings are well armed.

Meanwhile, the U.S. men’s team of Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.), seeded No. 1, advanced to the semifinals in Stavanger.

Seeded No. 1, Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Walsh Jennings (Saratoga, Calif.) defeated Spain’s No. 5 Liliana Fernandez and Elsa Baquerizo in the final, 21-12, 21-15 to add Stavanger gold to their 2014 wins at the Fuzhou Open and Moscow Grand Slam.

“The way my heart has been racing all day and the way we battled all week is a culmination of our hard work through the ups and downs,” Walsh said in an FIVB release. “We played steady and we played with fire and a lot of heart.”

To get to the finals, Ross and Walsh defeated Slovakia’s No. 19 Natalia Dubovcova and Dominika Nestarcova in the semifinals, 21-14, 17-21, 15-10.

“We played great together,” Ross said. “I love this place, the atmosphere is amazing and the fans are so into it.”

On the men’s side, Rosenthal and Dalhausser advanced to the semifinals after beating Germany’s No. 7 Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik, 21-14, 21-17 in 34 minutes in the third round on Saturday. They will take on Switzerland’s No. 29 Philip Gabathuler and Mirco Gerson in the semifinals on Sunday.

“We are playing pretty steady volleyball at the moment,” Dalhausser said. “Hopefully we can keep that momentum going until tomorrow.”

The U.S. team of John Hyden (Pensacola Fla.) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii), seeded No. 23, fell to Brazil’s No. 14 Ricardo Santos and Alvaro Filho in the third round, 27-25, 26-24 and finished tied for fifth.