(left to right) Silver medal winners Tyra Turner, Angie Akers, April Ross and Jennifer Kessy. Photo courtesy of FIVB
Jen Kessy and April Ross defeated Angie Akers and Tyra Turner (21-12, 21-17 in 37 minutes) in the finals at the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Phuket Thailand Open to take the Gold. This is the end to a great FIVB Women’s Beach Volleyball season for the Americans.
The match was the seventh FIVB meeting between the two teams with Kessy and Ross taking all 7 matches.
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.