Walsh Jennings, Ross win World Series
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Top-seeded Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross won the World Series of Beach Volleyball on Sunday, beating fifth-seeded Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas of Brazil 21-17, 21-17.
''We love you,'' Wash Jennings told the fans after the match. ''We appreciate playing in the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball and you are dedicated, smart fans. You got some points for us. We thank you.''
The victory was Walsh Jennings' 50th on the FIVB World Tour.
''At our best, we're really hard to beat,'' Walsh Jennings said. ''That being said, there are no easy matches. The second game today, that was so close.''
Walsh Jennings and Ross have won seven titles in 11 events together.
''It was a great team win for us,'' Ross said. ''Kerri was playing well on defense and I was having a little success at the net. Kerri had them figured out on defense. We wanted this so bad. We really wanted to win in Long Beach.''
The top-seeded American team of Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser won the men's title, beating second-seeded Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz Fjalek of Poland 22-24, 21-17, 15-9.
''We're basically making a statement on the World Tour that we're the best team,'' Dalhausser said.
The winning teams each earned $70,000.