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Jennifer Kessy and April Ross hit their stride as London 2012 test event heads towards climax
London, Great Britain, 2011 – For Jennifer Kessy and April Ross it is a case of four matches down, three to go at the Visa FIVB Beach Volleyball International, the test event for the London 2012 Olympic Games beach volleyball tournament.
The 2009 world champions showed little sympathy to their United States compatriots Brittany Hochevar and Lisa Rutledge with a slick 21-16, 21-18 win that sets up a quarterfinal clash with Mexico’s Candelas Bibiana and Mayra Garcia.
“We haven’t lost a set yet, which is great and we keep feeling better and better,” Kessy said. “Today we felt the best out of all the days that we’ve played. We didn’t feel as though the sand was as deep today, so I think our legs are getting used to it.
“We were really bummed to see that we were playing the American team, because we wanted to see a couple of American teams on the podium, but we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do when they come up against us.”
Kessy and Ross made light work of the pool stages and recorded wins over Canada’s Kacie MacTavish and Lisa Rodrigue, Uganda’s Josephine Nammanda and Alice Gitta Okecho as well as Mari-Liis Graumann and Anu Ennok of Estonia.
Even so with China’s Chen Xue and Zhang Xi and two Brazilian teams still in the competition they are well aware that there can be no let up if they want to win gold.
“We have felt we have got better each match so far, so hopefully that chain just continues,” Ross said.
“It is do or die now,” Kessy added. “You win or you go home, so it’s really important to stay focused and win.”