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Chemistry is one of the huge advantages that American Olympic legends Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh have had over the competition, but Jen Kessy and April Ross have some chemistry of their own.
Kessy and Ross have been playing alongside one another since 2007. While May-Treanor and Walsh decided to take a break from each other a few years ago, Kessy and Ross haven't relented in their effort to win Olympic gold.
The two have played well in London in the past, which won't hurt their chances at Olympic glory this summer. When a test event was held back in August 2011, Kessy and Ross finished in second—ahead of 22 other teams—after losing in the final.
Kessy had this to say regarding the dynamic of their team (via The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker):
On the beach you have to do everything, pass, set, play defense, be fast to run balls down, jump in the sand. And if you look at the elite teams on the beach, they're usually blocker/defense combos. We can both do everything. Some days I'm a terrible defender, so let me run up to the net. I don't think everybody can do that.
In addition to chemistry, their versatility will help propel the two to dominance in London.