Brooke and Kerri win the gold in Jinjiang
JINJIANG, China, May 26, 2019 – It’s gold for USA’s Brooke Sweat
and Kerri Walsh Jennings defeating Australia’s Taliqua Clancy
and Mariafe Artacho in a straight sets win at the FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Tour Jinjiang 2019. Bronze goes to Ana
Patricia/Rebecca after they beat Agatha/Duda in the all
Brazilian bronze medal match.
Sweat collects her first FIVB World Tour gold medal in Jinjiang
and Walsh Jennings returns to the top of the podium for the
first time since 2016.
“It’s been so long, it just feels good, it feels good to play
well as a team, it feels good to improve, it feels so good to
finish on top. The world is so good at volleyball so you have to
be the best on that day to win and we played great and it was so
fun,” said Walsh Jennings.
“It’s my first gold, so to get it with Kerri in such a great
tournament, we played some great teams. I’m so excited and
looking forward to more,” said Sweat.
Sweat/Walsh Jennings have been on fighting form in Jinjiang with
the USA team dropping only one set, against Brazil’s Agatha/Duda
in the morning semifinal. Sweat/Walsh Jennings had already
defeated Clancy/Artacho Del Solar in Jinjiang pool play and it
was a similar display in the final with USA finding all the
right sweet spots on the court, 2-0 (21-17, 21-19).
“The Aussies are so good, they’re so athletic and physical and
they use their athleticism against you. I feel like we had to
play well, we made a couple of mistakes here and there and let
them back in a couple of times, but when you keep the ball in
play, you always have a chance, but they are so good. We’re
getting better and it feels great,” said Walsh Jennings.
Sweat and Walsh Jennings only began as a team at the beginning
of the 2018 - 2019 season and this is already their fourth medal
after claiming bronze in Chetumal 3-Star and Sydney 3-Star and
silver in the Kuala Lumpur 3-Star earlier this month.
Walsh Jennings won her 700th FIVB World Tour match in the
quarterfinals of Jinjiang and at 40 years old is the oldest
female player to earn an FIVB World Tour gold. The decorated
athlete is a three-time Olympic champion, who also won bronze in
Rio 2016 and the Sweat/Walsh Jennings partnership now have their
sights on Tokyo 2020.
“We’re crawling our way up the ranks, not just with the world,
but the US teams too. We just want to keep going and as long as
we keep getting better and better, we’re not going to be worried
about points. But it’s awesome now and we will get back to work
again soon,” said Brooke.