Walsh Jennings, Ross roll into beach volleyball semis

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With some members of the U.S. men’s basketball team in attendance, the women’s beach volleyball tandem of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross moved one match closer to an Olympic gold medal.

Walsh Jennings and Ross defeated Australia’s Taliqua Clancy and Louise Bawden in straight sets, 21-14, 21-16. With the win Walsh Jennings is now 26-0 in women’s beach volleyball matches in her Olympic career. Trailing 8-7 in the first set the Americans grabbed control of the match at that point, going on a 10-4 run to take a 17-11 lead, and ultimately outscoring the Australians 18-6 to close out the first set.

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Walsh Jennings and Ross would lead by as much as six in the second set, with Clancy and Bawden successfully staving off two match points before Ross’ kill ended the match. Next up for Walsh Jennings and Ross is Brazil’s Agatha and Barbara, who were winners over Russia’s Ekaterina Burlova and Evgenia Ukolova in straight sets Sunday night. The match is scheduled for Tuesday night.

Jimmy Butler, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and DeAndre Jordan were all in attendance for the Walsh Jennings/Ross match.

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