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Kessy, Ross Heading to Olympic Semifinals LONDON (Aug. 5, 2012) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Jen Kessy and April Ross qualified for the Olympic semifinals with a 25-23, 21-18 victory in 49 minutes over Czech Republic’s No. 10 Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolocova at Horse Guards Parade. After battling to win the first set, Kessy and Ross, seeded No. 4, took an 1811 lead in the second, only to see the Czech team fight back.

A panorama view of the arena at Horse Guards Parade. (FIVB photo)

“For two-thirds of the match I thought I played really well,” Ross said. “I don’t know what happened there at the end. I maybe thought they were going to roll over, which is a terrible thought to have in the Olympics. I knew they weren’t going to. I really think I was trying as hard as I could to put the ball away and they just read me really well and made some good plays.” Kessy and Ross led in attacks (29-21) and in aces (4-3). Ross had 20 attacks for the U.S. and two aces, which came two in a row at the beginning of the second set. She was clocked with the fastest serve at 80 kilometers per hour (49 miles per hour). The teams tied in blocks (3-3) and Slukova and Kolocova held the edge in digs (19-18). The Czech team also took advantage of 14 U.S. errors while committing only 10.

April Ross receives the ball as Jennifer Kessy prepares to make a play against Czech Republic. (FIVB photo)

“We needed to win that first set. It was huge,” Kessy said. “I was really impressed by our composure, though not at the end.”

May-Treanor, Walsh Overwhelm Italy in Win LONDON (Aug. 5, 2012) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, seeded No. 3, overwhelmed No. 7 Greta Cicolari Marta Menegatti, 21-13, 21-13 in 33 minutes on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament at Horse Guards Parade. The victory over the Italian team made up for a previous loss May-Treanor and Walsh had suffered to them at the Rome Grand Slam in June.

April Ross, left, and Misty May-Treanor cheer for joy. (FIVB photo)

“Prior to Rome was Moscow and we made it to our first final and got our butts kicked,” Walsh said. “We went to Rome and got our butts kicked again by that Italian team. We came home and we were so sick of losing that way. “Misty and I have come together. We really looked deep at ourselves both individually and as a team and decided to take on this challenge.” May-Treanor and Walsh credit both their coach, Marcio Sicoli, and their sport psychologist, Mike Gervais, with helping them turn their season around. They went on to win the gold medal at their next event, the Grand Slam in Gstaad, Switzerland. May-Treanor and Walsh led the Italian team in attacks (33-22) and blocks (2-0). May-Treanor had 19 attacks for the United States while Walsh had both blocks. May-Treanor and Walsh also had 19 digs as opposed to 14 for the Italians, and scored on seven Italian errors while committing only three.

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Jennifer Kessy blocks with intensity against Hana Klapalova of Czech Republic. (FIVB photo)

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