MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (CSULB.com/AP) — Three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings won the AVP Manhattan Beach Open for the record seventh time Sunday, teaming with April Ross to beat Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat.
Walsh Jennings, the former teammate of fellow longtime gold-medalist Misty May, and Ross led 19-21, 21-13, 9-0 when Fendrick and Sweat were forced to retire after Sweat sustained a back injury.
Walsh Jennings, who turned 36 on Friday, won her 70th career AVP title and 121st title worldwide at the $150,000 event. The tournament, in its 55th year, is the longest-running event in pro beach volleyball.
“The more I play the sport, the more I realize the significance of this event. It’s a huge one,” said Walsh Jennings, a Manhattan Beach resident. “I know all the legends now. They have become part of my family. This is a small community and I’m just honored.”
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