Walsh Jennings, Ross in quarters

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Top-seeded Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross fought off a match point and beat Germany's Laura Ludwig and Julie Sude 21-18, 18-21, 17-15 on Friday to advance to the World Series of Beach Volleyball quarterfinals.

"I expected a very intense battle," Walsh Jennings said. "April played like a champion today. They (Ludwig and Sude) served really tough and they are smart. It was a great win against a great team. "This tour is so good, it's insane."

In men's play, top-seeded Americans Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser reached the semifinals, beating the Netherlands' Jon Stiekema and Christiaan Varenhorst 20-22, 21-17, 15-13.

"We won all the scramble points," Dalhausser said. "And that's important in a match like this."