AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour congratulates Kerri Walsh Jennings on setting all-time record for tournament wins by a female beach volleyball player
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COSTA MESA, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2013) – The AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Tour congratulates Kerri Walsh Jennings today on setting the all-time record for tournament victories by a female beach volleyball player.
Walsh Jennings and teammate April Ross beat Taiana Lima and Talita Da Rocha Antunes of Brazil, 21-14, 17-21 and 15-12, in the women’s final of the FIVB (Federation International de Volleyball) Xiamen Grand Slam on Sunday for their third tournament title in five events since forming their partnership.
More notably, the win in China was the 113th tournament victory of Walsh Jennings’ career, moving her past long-time partner Misty May-Treanor for the all-time mark.
“This is a banner day not only for Kerri, but for the sport of beach volleyball,” AVP Managing Partner Donald Sun said. “All of us at the AVP send our most sincere congratulations to Kerri from halfway across the world, and we couldn’t be happier that a woman who has meant so much to the sport has reached such an incredible milestone.
“Kerri Walsh Jennings is a terrific ambassador for beach volleyball in the U.S. and worldwide. She has worked long and hard to achieve this record, and we know that she will only add more tournament victories as she continues to play on the AVP Tour and internationally in the years to come.”
A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Walsh Jennings has put together a remarkable run since her first victory, which came in May, 2001 in Oceanside, Calif. playing with May-Treanor in an event on the now-defunct Beach Volleyball America (BVA) tour. She has won 66 times on the AVP tour, 46 times on the FIVB Tour and once on the BVA tour.
Her victories have come on five different continents, in 18 countries and in 15 U.S. states, with the most (29) coming in California. Walsh Jennings has won 60 percent of the tournaments she has entered (113 of 189), and when she has reached a tournament final, she has won a remarkable 79 percent of the time (113 of 143).
“Holding the all-time wins record in the women’s game is a very special record to hold for many reasons,” Walsh Jennings said. “Primarily, it holds special significance to me because it honors my cherished partnership with Misty. A vast majority of the wins came by her side, and I will forever be grateful for the love, friendship and success we have shared together both on and off the court.
“I have been blessed in my career as a professional beach volleyball player, and I am so grateful to all those who have helped me to chase my dreams with such success. I'm proud, I'm humbled and I'm inspired to keep fighting for my dreams and for this great sport.”
Walsh Jennings won Olympic gold medals playing with May-Treanor at the 2004 (Athens), 2008 (Beijing) and 2012 (London) Games. Of her 113 career victories, 104 came playing with the now-retired May-Treanor.
Walsh Jennings and Ross recently formed a partnership and will work toward competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
American Karch Kiraly holds the men’s record for all-time victories, with 148.
Kerri Walsh Jennings’ Record by the Numbers
· On Sunday (Oct. 27) in Xiamen, China, Walsh Jennings became the all-time winningest player in women’s beach volleyball with her 113thtournament victory.
· She passed Misty May-Treanor, now retired. May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings were teammates from 2001-12 and won 104 tournaments together, including Olympic gold medals in 2004, 2008 and 2012. May-Treanor retired after the pair won gold at the London Games last August.
· Of Walsh Jennings’ 113 wins, 66 have been in AVP tournaments, 46 have been in FIVB (international) tournaments (including Olympics) and 1 was on the now-defunct BVA (Beach Volleyball America) tour.
· Of her 113 victories, 104 have been with May-Treanor as her teammate. She has also won three times with April Ross, twice with Rachel (Wacholder) Scott, twice with Nicole Branagh, once with Whitney Pavlik and once in a tournament in which the format had players competing with various partners throughout the tournament and the winner was determined by a points system.
· Her first victory came on May 17, 2001, playing with May-Treanor in Oceanside, Calif. in a tournament on the now defunct BVA (Beach Volleyball America) tour.
· She has recorded her 113 tournament victories in just 189 tournaments played. (She has won 60 percent of the tournaments she has entered).
· Walsh Jennings has reached 143 tournament championship matches in her career. In those matches, she has a 113-30 record. (She has won 79 percent of the time she has reached a tournament final.)
· Her victories by year: 2001 (2), 2002 (5), 2003 (13), 2004 (13), 2005 (16), 2006 (17), 2007 (20), 2008 (17), 2009 (0), 2010 (1), 2011 (3), 2012 (2), 2013 (4).
· In her career, she has won $2,125,635, second all-time among female players. May-Treanor is first at $2,132,732.50.
· Walsh Jennings has won tournaments on five of the seven continents (all but Australia and Antarctica, neither of which she has played on). She has won in 18 different countries and in 15 different U.S. states. Her largest number of wins in one state have come in California (29), followed by Florida (6), Arizona (5) and Illinois (5). Her largest number of wins in a country other than the U.S. have come in Switzerland (6), followed by Austria, Brazil and France (with five each). Her largest number of wins in one city is six, which she has accomplished in Manhattan Beach (California), Klagenfurt (Austria) and Gstaad (Switzerland). Her wins by city:
o Acapulco, Mexico
o Athens, Greece (2)
o Atlanta, Georgia (2)
o Austin, Texas (2)
o Beijing, China (2)
o Belmar, New Jersey (2)
o Berlin, Germany (3)
o Birmingham Alabama
o Brooklyn, New York (3)
o Boulder, Colorado (2)
o Cape Town, South Africa
o Carson, California
o Charleston, South Carolina
o Chicago, Illinois (5)
o Dallas, Texas (2)
o Dubai, United Arab Emirates
o Espinho, Portugal (2)
o Fortaleza, Brazil (2)
o Fort Lauderdale, Florida (4)
o Glendale, Arizona
o Gstaad, Switzerland (6)
o Hermosa Beach, California (4)
o Honolulu, Hawaii
o Huntington Beach, California (5)
o Klagenfurt, Austria (6)
o Lake Tahoe, California
o Las Vegas, Nevada (3)
o London, England
o Long Beach, California (2)
o Louisville, Kentucky (2)
o Madrid, Spain
o Manhattan Beach, California (6)
o Maoming, China
o Marseille, France (2)
o Mason, Ohio (2)
o Miami, Florida
o Montreal, Canada (2)
o Moscow, Russia
o Oceanside, California
o Paris, France (3)
o Phuket, Thailand (2)
o Rhodes, Greece
o Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
o Sacramento, California
o Salvador, Brazil
o San Diego, California
o San Francisco, California (2)
o Santa Barbara, Calif. (4)
o Sao Paulo, Brazil
o Seaside Heights, New Jersey
o Stavanger, Norway
o Tampa, Florida
o Tempe, Arizona (4)
o Xiamen, China