Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross took on China’s Wang Fan and Yue Yuan in their second pool play beach volleyball match late Monday night, and the expectation was that the Chinese tandem would pose some sort of challenge to the Americans.
That was the case in the first set, but Walsh Jennings and Ross went on a 16-4 run in the second set to win by the final score of 21-16, 21-9. Combined the United States racked up 15 digs, with 12 being credited to Ross, and in the second set they were dominant in moving to 2-0 in the competition. And with the win Walsh Jennings, who won three Olympic gold medals with Misty May-Treanor, has still yet to lose an Olympic beach volleyball match.
Next up for Walsh Jennings and Ross, who are assured of a spot in the round of 16 as a result of the win, is the Swiss tandem of Forrer and Verge-Depre Wednesday night.
Also playing Monday was the men’s team of Casey Patterson and Jacob Gibb, who lost in straight sets to Austria’s Seidl and Huber. On Tuesday two other American teams will hit Copacabana Beach, with Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena taking on Mexico’s Rodolfo Ontiveros and Juan Pulido in men’s pool play, and the women’s tandem of Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat facing Brazil’s Larissa and Talita.