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Onward and Upward for Ross/Walsh Jennings

Advancing to the 2016 Olympic beach volleyball quarterfinals are April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings who beat Italy 21-10, 21-16 in their third midnight match of the Games.

Ross and Walsh Jennings topped Italy’s Marta Menegatti and Laura Giombini in 32 minutes to advance to Sunday’s quarterfinal match.

A New Challenge for Ross/Walsh Jennings

It was the first meeting between the two teams and it came at a very high stake. Italy’s Giombini joined Menegatti days before competition started as Viktoria Orsi Toth was removed because of a failed drug test. What presented itself was a new team that other countries had little scouting on.

Dominating Performance

It wasn’t a hurdle for Ross/Walsh Jennings though, as the pair swept the match 21-10, 21-16. In the first set, the score was tied 4-4, but soon after the Americans took the helm and pushed on to 17-8 before shutting it down 21-10.

The second set was a bit closer, with the teams tied at 8-all before Ross and Walsh Jennings gained a one-point advantage at 11-10. That cushion then stretched to 14-11, and the pair eventually won the set 21-16, securing their place in the quarterfinals against the winner of Poland/Australia.

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“We knew that we wanted to get used to the midnight matches because that’s when the later rounds are going on,” said Walsh Jennings. “And we loved it. We came here with the mindset of ‘put us at six in the morning or put us at midnight,’ we’re going to rock. So we’re used to it, and it’s for sure a benefit for us.”

Nice work girls. @kerrileewalsh and @AprilRossBeach you are so fun to watch. Keep bustin out cans of USA!
— Casey Patterson (@caseypatt) August 13, 2016

What’s Next for Team USA

USA’s Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena will play Austria at 11 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 13, in the round of 16.

FAQs

Q: Are Ross/Walsh Jennings favorites to win the tournament?

A: While Ross/Walsh Jennings have shown a strong performance so far, there are still tough competitors in the tournament. Their experience and skill make them contenders, but it’s too early to make any predictions.

Q: What is the significance of the midnight matches?

A: The midnight matches allow Ross/Walsh Jennings to adapt to the conditions and schedules of the later rounds, which often take place at similar times. This gives them an advantage in terms of adjusting their gameplay and maintaining their performance.

Conclusion

April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings continue their impressive journey in the 2016 Olympic beach volleyball tournament. With their dominant win against Italy, they have secured a spot in the quarterfinals. Their determination and ability to adapt to different match times set them apart. As Team USA’s fans eagerly await their next match, the duo remains focused on their goal of becoming Olympic champions. Stay tuned for more exciting action!

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