Walsh Jennings, Ross advance to quarterfinals

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Top-seeded Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross fought off a match point and beat Germany's Laura Ludwig and Julie Sude 21-18, 18-21, 17-15 on Friday to advance to the World Series of Beach Volleyball quarterfinals.

''I expected a very intense battle,'' Walsh Jennings said. ''April played like a champion today. They (Ludwig and Sude) served really tough and they are smart. It was a great win against a great team. ''This tour is so good, it's insane.''

In men's play, top-seeded Americans Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser reached the semifinals, beating the Netherlands' Jon Stiekema and Christiaan Varenhorst 20-22, 21-17, 15.13.

''We won all the scramble points,'' Dalhausser said. ''And that's important in a match like this.''

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