April Ross and Jennifer Fopma Win AVP Seattle Open Title|
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Aug. 9, 2015
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Olympic silver medalist and three-time USC All-American April Ross teamed with partner Jennifer Fopma to win the AVP Seattle Open title at the shores of Lake Sammamish on Sunday, Aug. 9. It was Ross's second AVP crown of the summer and the 22nd of her career. She also won the 2015 New Orleans Open with Kerri Walsh Jennings (May 24). The tourney marked the AVP's return to the Seattle Metropolitan area for the first time since 1990 for the men, and was the first time ever for the women.
USC beach volleyball juniors Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler won a pair of matches to emerge from the qualifier's bracket and took the 16th seed in the winner's bracket. The Trojan duo finished tied for 13th. Former USC beach assistant coach Misty May-Treanor returned to AVP action for the first time since her retirement and finished tied for third with her partner Brittany Hochevar following a semifinals exit.
Trojan volleyball was also represented by All-American Jennifer Kessy and Geena Urango. Kessy teamed with partner Emily Day to finish tied for fifth place, and Urango paired with Angela Bensend to earn a tie for ninth place.
Seeded No. 1, Ross and Fopma took out third-seeded Lane Carico and Summer Ross, 21-18, 15-21, 15-13, to win the tournament. In the semifinals, they earned a 21-12, 21-15 win over the No. 4 duo of Kim DiCello and Kendra Van Zwieten. Ross and Fopma got a scare from fifth-seeded tandem Nicole Branagh and Jenny Kropp, but prevailed, 18-21, 21-17, 15-6, to advance to the semis. The championship pair took out eighth-seeded Urango and Bensend, 21-16, 21-8, in round two, and knocked out Martin and Wheeler, 21-12, 21-6, in the opening round.
Martin and Wheeler defeated Delaney Knudsen and Katie Spieler in their first qualifier match, 13-21, 21-17, 15-12, and then earned a 22-20, 21-18 win over Julie Kolinske and Kerri Schuh to secure a spot in the winner's bracket. Urango and Bensend earned a 22-20, 21-18 win over Jessica Stubinski and Megan Wallin-Brockway in the first round before falling to Fopma/Ross. Martin and Wheeler had a shot at Stubinski and Wallin-Brockway in the contender's bracket, but fell, 21-15, 21-15. Bensend/Urango won one match in the contender's bracket, but were turned away by DiCello and Van Zwieten.
Seeded No. 2, the pair of Kessy and Day won their opening match, 25-23, 21-18, over Briana Hinga and Kathrin Winkler, and then defeated Amanda Dowdy and Heather McGuire, 21-16, 21-15, in round two. Kessy and Day fell to Hochevar and May-Treanor, 21-17, 21-17, in the third round, but fought their way back to the doorstep of the semifinals in the contender's bracket before falling to DiCello and Van Zweiten.
The AVP continues its summer tour with the AVP Manhattan Beach Open next weekend, Aug. 14-16 (Friday-Sunday). The tour will make stops in Chicago (Aug. 28-30) and Cincinnati (Sept. 4-6), before concluding the season with the AVP Championships at Huntington Beach (Sept. 11-13).
The No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball team went undefeated (28-0) to claim the program's first team championship and the 123rd overall team national title in the school's history. Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes completed the collegiate season with a 44-3 record and won the AVCA Pairs Championship to mark the third straight year that a Trojan pair won the national crown.
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