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Ross wins gold in Norway

July 02, 2011

April Ross, a former Newport Harbor High standout, and Jen Kessy posed for photos with Viking swords after winning the FIVB Grand Slam Stavanger in beach volleyball Saturday.

Ross and Kessy, the No. 3 seeded team, beat the No. 13-seeded team of Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig of Germany, 21-16, 21-15, using just 40 minutes.

The semifinal proved to be more of a challenge for Ross and Kessy. They dropped the first set, 27-25, to the No. 6-seeded team of Sanne Keizer and Marleen Van Iersel of the Netherlands earlier in the day. But Ross and Kessy battled back to win the next two sets, 21-11, 15-11. They ended the tournament with a 7-0 record and their only set loss came in the semifinals.

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Stavanger, Norway has been kind on the duo. They won there in 2007, and in 2009, they won the World Championships there. In 2008, they had a bronze.

Ross and Kessy have now won nine career FIVB gold medals.

Misty May-Treanor, also a former Newport Harbor High star, and Kerri Walsh, who won the World Championships, were ousted in the quarterfinals Friday.

— From staff reports

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