In her storied Olympic beach volleyball career, American Kerri Walsh Jennings lost just one set in winning three gold medals. Not matches, sets. That number increased to two Wednesday night, but she and partner April Ross rebounded to beat Switzerland’s Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Verge-Depre in three sets, 21-13, 22-24, 15-12.
Walsh Jennings, who won those three gold medals playing alongside Misty May-Treanor in 2004, 2008 and 2012, is now 46-2 in sets in her Olympic career. After a commanding showing in the first set the Americans found it difficult to put away the Swiss, with Forrer and Verge-Depre playing much better volleyball during the second set. Things remained tight in the third set until a hard fall required Forrer to take a five-minute injury timeout.
Leading 10-9 at that point in the set, Walsh Jennings and Ross took care of business to remain undefeated in group play.
Now having won Group C on six points, Walsh Jennings and Ross will be back in action Saturday against an opponent yet to be determined.