A No. 1-seeded team losing in its second match of a tournament might send a shock wave through an event like the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam.
The last two people on the beach who would be affected by it happen to be Jen Kessy and April Ross, who were toppled in pool play Tuesday by Switzerland's Anouk Verge-Depre and Isabelle Forrer.
Kessy and Ross will begin their comeback today and they are just the ones to handle a little misfortune.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings has withdrawn from the FIVB Grand Slam at the World Series of Beach Volleyball because of an abdominal strain, but will still compete in the World Series Cup with new partner Whitney Plavlik.
Walsh Jennings said Sunday that the potential of playing several matches in the Grand Slam wouldn’t be wise with her injury, and that having the extra days off to rest will allow her more time to heal. She is resuming her career after having her third child this spring.
Three time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings today announced her withdrawal from the FIVB Grand Slam at the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball due to an abdominal strain, but will still compete in the World Series Cup with partner Whitney Pavlik beginning Saturday.
“I am very disappointed that I won’t be able to compete in the FIVB Grand Slam,” said Walsh Jennings. “In consultation with my doctor, we felt that the potential of playing several matches in the Grand Slam would not be wise with my injury. Having the extra time off to rest will allow me more time to heal.
Several San Clemente residents had success at the AAU Junior Beach Volleyball National Championships in Hermosa Beach from July 13-14. The tournament featured 207 teams from across the U.S and at the close, four players from San Clemente were in the winner’s circle.
Noah Dyer, who plays high school volleyball for Saddleback Valley Christian, and teammate Tanner Woods of Huntington Beach ran the slate and captured the boys 16U gold medal.