American energy in Switzerland for newly-crowned world champions April Ross (left) and Jen Kessy during their opening match Wednesday at the 1to1energy Grand Slam in Gstaad. Photo courtesy of FIVB
April Ross and Jen Kessy posted two-set victories over teams from Cuba and Belgium to gain sole leadership of Pool A in the 1to1energy Grand Slam. The team is clearly on a roll after their Gold at the SWATCH FIVB World Championships in Stavanger last week.
Jen Kessy (left) and April Ross celebrate their gold medal finish Saturday at the 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Championships in Stavanger, Norway. Photo courtesy of FIVB
The American team April Ross and Jen Kessy defeats Brazilians Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca to win gold at the SWATCH FIVB World Championships in Stavanger.
American Angie Akers stretches for the Mikasa in an elimination win Friday against Germany. Photo courtesy of FIVB
Three American teams (April Ross/Jen Kessy, Tyra Turner/Angie Akers and Nicole Branagh/Elaine Youngs) started the day at the SWATCH FIVB World Championships in Stavanger, but only one team advances to the semi-finals, April Ross and Jen Kessy.
April Ross and Jen Kessy advanced by defeating fellow Americans Tyra Turner and Angie Akers, 17-21, 21-12, 15-9, while Branagh and Youngs ended their tournament with a loss to Brazilians Shelda Bede and Ana Paula Connelly, 17-21, 22-20, 15-12.
SWATCH FIVB World Championships – Top statistical leaders are April Ross (left, serving speed) and Jen Kessy (hitting percentage) of the United States. Photo courtesy of FIVB
For the first time in the history of the world championships of Beach Volleyball and just the second time in the history of the SWATCH FIVB World Tour, official statistics are being kept for all matches for both genders (208 total) in the 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Championships being presented by ConocoPhillips through this Sunday in Stavanger, Norway.
For all pool play matches and single-elimination matches, statistics being kept include Service Aces, Service Errors, Attacks, Kills, Hitting Percentage (calculated by kills minus errors divided by total attacks), Digs, Blocks and the fastest serves on the SWATCH Centre Court.
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Three more Brazilian Women’s teams advance in the 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Championships resulting in all 4 teams from Beach Volleyball powerhouse Brazil in the next round; Shelda Bede/Ana Paula Connelly, Talita Antunes/Maria Antonelli, Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca and the Salgado sisters (Carolina and Maria Clara).