Former Cal State Northridge men's volleyball player and coach Jeff Conover helped steer the United States beach volleyball team of Jen Kessy and April Ross to the Gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
Conover, who has worked with the duo since 2009, had Kessy and Ross on the verge of the Olympic Gold medal but the team fell to Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh Jennings 21-16, 21-16 in the championship match on Wednesday (Aug. 8) at Horse Guards Parade.
Ranked first in Pool D and fourth overall in the tournament, Kessy/Ross finished a perfect 3-0 in pool play winning six of their eight sets. They then defeated Kuhn/Zumkehr of Switzerland in straight sets in the round of 16 setting up a Quarterfinal Round match against Kolocova and Slukova of the Czech Republic. Kessy/Ross dispatched Kolocova/Slukova 25-23, 21-18 thus earning a Semifinal match against the top-seeded Brazilian squad of Franca and Silva. In a thrilling come-from-behind 15-21, 21-19, 15-12 victory, Kessy and Ross earned a spot in the podium ultimately winning the Silver Medal.
"We are so happy to be coming home with the Silver medal," Conover said in a post on Facebook. "It was an honor to represent the USA and help grow the sport of beach volleyball. Go Team USA!!!
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