Walsh Jennings, Ross complete perfect AVP season

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross completed the first perfect season in AVP Tour history, winning the AVP Championships on Sunday at Huntington Beach.

Walsh Jennings and Ross beat Whitney Pavlik and Heather Hughes 22-20, 21-17 in the final for their seventh victory in seven events. They had a 36-0 match record and won 72 of 76 sets.

''To have done it together as a new team, chasing big dreams, it feels really, really good,'' said Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic champion. ''We've grown so much on our push toward Rio (2016 Olympics). It's the best thing in the world to have the biggest target on your back. It means you're the best.''

Walsh Jennings has 73 AVP titles and 124 overall beach volleyball victories.

In the men's final, Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson won their third consecutive AVP title with a 21-16, 15-21, 15-10 victory over Tri Bourne and John Hyden.

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