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Fendrick/Ross Win Highly Anticipated Match Over Walsh Jennings/Branagh

Fendrick/Ross Win Highly Anticipated Match Over Walsh Jennings/Branagh
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With an ace serve down the middle of the court, April Ross, alongside Lauren Fendrick, won the grudge match with her former partner Kerri Walsh Jennings and Nicole Branagh in straight sets.

The match, both teams' first at the 2017 World Series of Beach Volleyball, went Ross and Fendrick's way 22-20, 21-18. Both teams will play their second pool play match at the FIVB-sanctioned exhibition tournament today at 2:30 PM PT.  

Ross and Fendrick have played three tournaments together since forming their partnership in May, winning the AVP New York City Open and taking a ninth and 17th on the FIVB tour.

Walsh Jennings and Branagh formed their partnership around the same time, but have only played twice, losing in the country quota of the FIVB Porec Major and finishing ninth at the FIVB Gstaad Major.

The news of Walsh Jennings and Ross's separation broke in May of this year, with Walsh Jennings refusing to accept the AVP player contract and boycotting the tour and Ross choosing to sign.

WSOBV Women's Pool Play Scores

July 13, 2017

Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst (Germany) def. Sarah Pavan/Caleigh Whitaker (Canada) 21-9, 21-11
Larissa Franca/Talita Antunes (Brazil) def. Lili Maestrini/Josi Alves (Brazil) 21-10, 21-17
Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson (Canada) def. Kristina May/Taylor Pischke (Canada) 21-17, 21-14
Madelein Meppelink/Sophie van Gestel (Netherlands) def. Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (Germany) 21-15, 21-18
Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross (USA) def. Lane Carico/Caitlin Ledoux (USA) 21-10, 21-17
Kim DiCello/Emily Stockman (USA) def. Emily Day/Brittany Hochevar (USA) 21-15, 21-15
Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USA) def. Betsi Flint/Kelley Larsen (USA) 21-18, 21-19
April Ross/Lauren Fendrick (USA) def. Kerri Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branagh (USA) 22-20, 21-18
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