Walsh Jennings moves within striking distance of all-time wins mark, could set record Sunday in smart AVP Championships at Huntington Beach
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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2013) – Kerri Walsh Jennings is within two match victories of setting a new record for most tournament titles all-time by a women’s beach volleyball player.
Walsh Jennings and partner April Ross won twice Saturday and advanced to the semifinals of the smart AVP Championships at Huntington Beach. A win in Sunday’s final would give Walsh Jennings 113 career beach volleyball tournament victories around the world, one more than former partner Misty May-Treanor.
All but eight of Walsh Jennings’ championships on the sand have been with May-Treanor, who retired after the pair won their third consecutive Olympic gold medal in London in August 2012. Walsh Jennings’ first beach volleyball championship, with May-Treanor, came on May 27, 2001 in Oceanside, Calif. during a tournament on the now-defunct Beach Volleyball America tour. May-Treanor had a head start, with five victories to her name before pairing up with Walsh Jennings.
Walsh Jennings and Ross, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, have won two of the three tournaments they have played together this season. As the top seed in Huntington Beach, they beat ninth-seeded Dianne DeNecochea and Raquel Ferreira, 21-16, 21-15 on Saturday morning and then toppled 13th-seeded Annett Davis and Morgan Miller, 19-21, 21-9, 15-13 to move into the semis.
The top-seeded men’s team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson suffered a 21-19, 12-21, 15-13 defeat to eight-seeded Brad Keenan and John Mayer in the second round, but advanced through the contenders’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament with wins over the 12th and seventh seeds to secure a spot in the semifinals.
Semifinal play in the smart AVP Championships at Huntington Beach resumes Sunday with the men’s semifinals, scheduled for12:15 p.m. Gibb/Patterson will face off against fourth-seeded Theodore Brunner/Nick Lucena, and third-seeded Tri Bourne/John Hyden plays eighth-seeded Brad Keenan/John Mayer.
The women’s semifinals, scheduled for 1:15 p.m., will feature the bracket’s top four seeds. Walsh Jennings and Ross will take on third-seeded Lauren Fendrick and Brittany Hochevar. Second-seeded Emily Day and Summer Ross will face fourth-seeded Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat.
The men’s final is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the women’s final is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tournament coverage will be streamed live at www.avp.com/live, and Sunday’s tournament finals will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network at 3 p.m. PT.
General admission is free, and tickets for Club AVP suites are available for purchase at the gate or at www.avp.com for $20 per day.
Updated main draw brackets are attached and will be updated throughout weekend play at www.avp.com under the drop-down menu for “Scores and Stats.”
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Fans will be treated to four days of world-class beach volleyball competition featuring Olympic champions and world-renowned athletes competing in an unmatched beach-party atmosphere filled with food, music and interactive activities.
The smart AVP Championships at Huntington Beach is the last of seven tournaments on the AVP’s 2013 schedule.
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