ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Kerri Walsh Jennings set an AVP Tour women’s record Sunday with her 67th career victory on the professional beach volleyball circuit, adding to a long list of career accomplishments for the three-time Olympic gold medalist, the organization said.
Walsh Jennings teamed with Olympic silver medalist April Ross to beat Brooke Sweat and Lauren Fendrick, 19-21, 21-15, 15-11, in the women’s final of the St. Petersburg Open at SpaBeachPark. She passed longtime former teammate Misty May-Treanor for the AVP record, and it was her 115th career victory worldwide, also a record. May-Treanor is now retired.
The win was Walsh Jennings’ fifth worldwide and second on the AVP Tour since partnering with Ross in September.
Walsh Jennings and Ross were seeded second, and knocked off top-seeded Emily Day and Summer Ross, 21-15, 21-13 in the semifinals. They lost just one set in their five tournament matches.
The men’s final went to sixth-seeded Brad Keenan and John Mayer, who upset top-seeded Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson, 16-21, 21-19, 18-16. Keenan won for the first time, playing in his seventh career AVP championship match. It was the second career AVP win for Mayer, who has played in five tournament finals.
Keenan and Ross became just the third husband-wife duo to win an AVP tournament on the same weekend. Walsh Jennings and Casey Jennings have done it three times (most recently at last year’s Manhattan Beach Open), while Mike and Patty Dodd did it four times.
The AVP St. Petersburg Open was the first event on the AVP’s seven-tournament 2014 schedule. Next up is the AVP Milwaukee Open, to be held July 3-6.
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