Three-time Olympic gold medalist and former Stanford All-American Kerri Walsh Jennings and silver medalist April Ross extended their winning streak on the AVP Tour to eight tournaments Sunday, winning the season-opening AVP New Orleans Open.
Walsh Jennings and Ross, seeded first, upended third-seeded Jennifer Kessy and Emily Day, 21-16, 22-20, in Sunday's final. The pair swept all five of their matches in the tournament, and they have won 42 consecutive sets dating to August. Walsh Jennings and Ross have won nine of the 10 AVP tournaments they have played since first partnering in September 2013.
Sunday marked Walsh Jennings's 74th AVP tournament victory and her 125th worldwide. She holds the record for all-time wins for a female professional beach volleyball player, and is in pursuit of the all-time mark regardless of gender, held by Karch Kiraly at 148.
The AVP New Orleans Open was the season opener for the 2015 Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Tour, which last played a tournament in New Orleans in 1999.
Next up is the FIVB St. Petersburg (Fla.) Grand Slam, an Olympic qualifying tournament hosted by the AVP as part of the Federation Internationale de Volleyball World Tour from June 15-21. The next tournament on the AVP schedule is the New York City Open from July 16-19.