After winning the Swatch Major Gstaad in Switzerland last weekend, Klineman and Ross found themselves ranked first in the world.
A week earlier, the pair finished second at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Germany.
In Gstaad, Klineman and Ross defeated Brazil's Carolina Solberg and Maria Antonelli 15-21, 21-17, 15-12 to claim the championship trophy and share the $40,000 prize money. More important, perhaps, is the 1,200 Olympic qualifying points, which gives the duo an overwhelming lead, in the U.S., for a spot in the next year's Olympics.
Walsh Jennings and teammate Brooke Sweat, who lost to Klineman and Ross in the quarterfinal round, earned $12,000. The 11th-ranked duo are still very much in the running for a spot in the Olympics.
"We had a terrible start to this tournament and a devastating loss last week and so to bounce back like this and fight as hard as we could with some slow starts to matches, like in the final, I'm really proud of how we stayed together and kept our attitudes positive," Ross told FIVB. "That was huge. I really feel like our communication helped win that match."
Klineman and Ross won their third FIVB World Tour event of the season in the 100th match between the U.S. and Brazil in a FIVB gold medal match. The U.S. leads, 55-45, and Walsh Jennings made plenty of contributions to that total, winning six titles alone at Gstaad.
The Americans also fell behind in the earlier semifinal. Switzerland's Nina Betschart and Tanja Huberli held a seven-point lead before Klineman and Ross rallied to win 22-20, 21-17.
"That's kind of the story of the tournament," Klineman said. "I feel like we, for whatever reason, find ourselves in some tough spots and we just keep believing and keep fighting and learning about the game. That's what really prevailed."
Added Ross: "It's funny because it only takes one bad match for us to think were terrible volleyball players. When we are playing good, it doesn't even need to be perfect volleyball, we can still beat almost anybody. That's a lesson we're trying to learn."
A six-time Swatch Major Gstaad champion, Walsh Jennings said of the quarterfinal match, "April and Alix served much tougher than we did, and they kept the pressure on us with their serving. They're very big, a very good defensive team and they serve so tough it gets us out of rhythm a bit. I think we handled it very well and I'm proud of Brooke and how she fought off so many gnarly serves. I'm not happy to lose, not at all, but I'm happy with our progress as a team. There's no doubt about it, we are one of the top teams in the world and this is just part of the growth process."
Sweat and Walsh Jennings are entered in this week's four-star event in Espinho, Portugal.
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