Olympics: Ross remains unbeaten

The Newport Harbor High product and Kessy completed Group D play undefeated.

August 02, 2012

Newport Harbor High product April Ross and her partner, Jennifer Kessy, outlasted a team from Spain to complete Group D play undefeated in women's beach volleyball on Thursday.

Ross and Kessy posted a 21-19, 19-21, 19-17 triumph over Baquerizo McMillan and Fernandez Steiner for their third Group D victory.

Ross had 22 kills, 10 digs and one block. She had seven service errors without an ace.

Kessy chipped in 18 kills, 10 digs and one block.

Ross and Kessy earned the No. 4 seed in the round of 16 that begins Friday. They will square off against the Swiss team of Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr.


Looming in a potential semifinal matchup for Ross-Kessy could be the No. 1-seeded Brazilian team of Julianna and Felisberta Silva.

On the other side of the women's bracket will be No. 3-seeded Misty May-Treanorand Kerri Walsh Jennings.

May-Treanor, a Newport Harbor graduate playing in her final professional tournament, and Walsh Jennings, who were also 3-0 in their group, will face the No. 9-seeded team of Marleen Van Iersel and Sanne Keizer from the Netherlands in their round of 16 contest on Saturday.

Should May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings, who have won the last two Olympic gold medals, advance to the semis, they would likely face the No. 2-seeded Chinese team of Xue Chen and Zhang Xi.

— From staff reports


UC Irvine product Ryan Bailey recorded his second straight hat trick in a 13-7 victory for the U.S. Olympic men's water polo team over Great Britain in Group B play Thursday.

Bailey scored his first goal of the game with 2:41 left in the second quarter to put the U.S. up, 8-1.

He converted a penalty shot and power-play goal in the fourth quarter to follow up his hat trick from Tuesday's win over Romania.

Jeff Powers, another Anteaters alumnus, scored the Americans' final goal Thursday with 3:19 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Tony Azevedo led the U.S. with four goals in the victory.

The Americans, 3-0, sit atop Group B with six points and face second-place Serbia (five points) Saturday at 11:40 a.m. (PT). The U.S. closes out pool play Monday against Hungary at 7:30 a.m. (PT).

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