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April Ross

Injured Kerri Walsh Jennings learning to hold back

Kerri Walsh Jennings may serve underhand at the World Series of Beach Volleyball. What matters is she'll be competing. The Olympics are a year away, and the three-time gold medalist no longer enjoys the luxury of time after separating her right shoulder again last month. "Big picture, I'm very optimistic," she said Tuesday. "Short term, I'm very stressed." That's because Walsh Jennings and partner April Ross need to play in at least eight more FIVB events to qualify for the Rio Games. "Even if we just have to stand on the court, we need a finish," Walsh Jennings said. So they hope to compete in Long Beach, California, on Aug. 21-23...