Walsh Jennings, Ross finish pool play undefeated at worlds


In the finale of the 'C' pool of the $1,000,000 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships on Tuesday in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, a pair of 2-0 teams, USA's Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross powered past Canada's 22nd-seeded Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan in straight sets, winning 21-19, 21-13 in just 36 minutes.

They remain in Apeldoorn for Wednesday's start of the elimination rounds.

In the first final women's pool play match, Slovak Republic's Dubovcova-Nestarcova started fast and then held on to win in three sets.

In the tiebreaker, Slovak Republic's Dubovcova broke open a close set, leading 6-5 when she recorded three consecutive blocked shots and her team was ahead by at least three points until the final margin of six at 15-9.

In the second final women's pool play match, USA's Walsh Jennings/Ross determinedly executed their game plan although Canada's Bansley-Pavan kept it very close in the first set.

With the Canadians holding serve and the score tied at 18-18, Walsh Jennings gave the USA its first lead since early in the set with a trademark block against Canada's Bansley. From there the Americans closed the set out with a kill and a corner shot by Walsh Jennings.

To start the second set, Canada scored first, USA tied it and then April Ross ran off three consecutive ace serves for a 4-1 lead and the Americans were on their way.

USA built up to six-point margin at 14-8. Leading 18-13, USA scored on a pair of hitting errors by Canada and USA's Walsh Jennings ended the set and match for her team with a block on the kill attempt by Canada's Bansley.

Commented Ross following her team's two-set win, "We prepared really well for this match, lots of credit to our coach Marcio for a great game plan that we went over this morning really well and it felt good to come out and execute and play together. It feel like we picked up right where we left off at the end of the third game against Australia last night, we're getting in rhythm more and more with each match."

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