Summer Ross, Brooke Sweat win AVP Seattle Open beach-volleyball title

Summer Ross, a former Washington Huskies indoor-volleyball player, won the Seattle Open for the second straight year. Stafford Slick and Billy Allen took the men’s title at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah.

Summer Ross once had to leave Seattle to find beach volleyball. Ross played indoor volleyball at the University of Washington for two quarters in 2011 before transferring to Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif., so she could play beach volleyball, a program UW didn’t have at the time.

Even though the city couldn’t accommodate her collegiate goals, the Seattle area has given Ross a pair of victories on the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour.

After prevailing in the 2017 AVP Seattle Open, Ross has won the tournament in back-to-back years. On Sunday, Ross and her partner, Brooke Sweat, defeated Betsi Flint and Kelley Larsen 21-17, 24-22 in 90-plus-degree heat at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah.

On the other side of the net, Ross faced a familiar competitor — her roommate. At an apartment in Manhattan Beach, Calif., Ross lives with Larsen.

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“I know she’s a stud,” Ross said. “She’s been working so hard and playing amazing, so we knew we had to come in and beast it up.”

In the second set, the one that sealed the tournament title, Flint and Larsen nearly forced a third set. At one point, Flint and Larsen led 22-21, but Ross and Sweat scored three unanswered points to win.

This was the fifth tournament Ross — who won the 2016 title with Lane Carico — and Sweat have played together. But they have been training with each other since late last year and have built a rapport that can help during close games.

“We see the game the same,” said Sweat, who represented the United States at the 2016 Olympics. “That is huge because as a blocker, a lot of times I see things way different than defenders. Defenders see things way different…

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