Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings Boycotts Beach Volleyball Event in Chicago | NECN

Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings Boycotts Beach Volleyball Event in Chicago

Two rule experiments weren't "honestly or meaningfully" discussed with players beforehand, she said

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    Four-time Olympic medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings says she is boycotting an event on the AVP domestic beach volleyball tour in Chicago. Kye Martin reports. (Published Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016)

    Four-time Olympic medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings says she is boycotting an event on the AVP domestic beach volleyball tour because of two rule experiments that weren't "honestly or meaningfully" discussed with players beforehand.

    Walsh Jennings said in a 950-word Facebook post on Wednesday that she and her husband, Casey Jennings, are both skipping the event in Chicago this weekend.

    One rule to be tested would give a server another service attempt if their first one hits the net and falls inbounds, much like on a serve in tennis. Under the current rule, the ball is in play.

    The other rule would prevent a team from winning the match unless it is serving.

    AVP owner and commissioner Donald Sun did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.