Boss/Ross Tandem Wins SWATCH-FIVB Gold In Norway
June 30, 2007
LOS ANGELES -- The current women's beach volleyball tandem of former USC players Jennifer (Kessy) Boss and April Ross recorded a stunning win today by capturing the ConocoPhillips Grand Slam title in Stavanger, Norway. The Boss-Ross team, seeded at No. 29 to start the tournament, became the lowest-seeded team to record a win on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour since its inception in 1992.
Boss and Ross defeated the third-seeded team of Jia Tian and Jie Wang from China, 21-14 and 21-12, in front of sellout crowd of 5,000 at the Vaagen Harbour centre court. Both players share the first-place prize of $43,500.
'Unbelievable, but not unexpected,' said the 29-year old Boss as she left the court after winning her second FIVB gold medal. 'April's service game put us in the position to make the Chinese work extra hard to return her serve. That's our game and we are sticking with it.'
Boss and Ross were playing their 11th match of the week Saturday afternoon after advancing from Monday's country quota match through the qualifier with a pair of wins Tuesday to earn a spot in the 32-team Main Draw. After losing to first two pool play matches Wednesday, Boss and Ross won their next six contests to claim the ConocoPhillips Grand Slam title.
After eliminating teams from Canada, the United States and Greece Friday, Boss and Ross earned a spot in the finals earlier Saturday with a 21-19 and 21-18 semi-final win in 45 minutes over Germany's Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig. The 17th-seeded Germans also had to win country quota and qualifying matches to earn a spot in the Main Draw where Goller and Ludwig also posted a 1-2 pool play mark.
Ross, who was competing in only her fourth FIVB event as compared to Boss' 26th, was named the SWATCH most outstanding player for the event. Her serve of 84.0 km/h in the gold medal match was also the top serve of the ConocoPhillips Grand Slam and the second fastest for the season. Boss had previously won a FIVB Satellite event in 2001 with Heather Lowe in Thailand.
Tian and Wang advanced to the final after defeating reigning world champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, 21-19 and 21-19, in the semifinals.
For more information on the victory, go to fivb.org, the official site of the international volleyball federation.
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