May-Treanor, Walsh Perfect in Olympic Pool Play

Aug. 14, 2008, 12:17 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

BEIJING (Aug. 14, 2008) – The U.S. beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.) completed Olympic pool play on Thursday with a 21-12, 21-15 defeat of Norway’s 11th-seeded Ingrid Tørlen and Nila Håkedal at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground.

May-Treanor and Walsh finish pool play 3-0 and will advance to the Round of 16 while holding on to their No. 2 seeding overall. The schedule for the Round of 16, which will be Aug. 15-16, will not be determined until pool play has been completed on Thursday evening.

May-Treanor and Walsh made it through pool play without losing a set and without allowing any team more than 16 points in a set. Their winning streak sits at 104.

Ingrid and Nila are 1-2 and will probably play in the Lucky Losers bracket on Wednesday night for a chance to advance to the Round of 16.

Walsh was dominant at the net on Thursday, finishing with 16 kills and seven blocks. Hers were the only blocks of any player in the match. She also had three aces.

May-Treanor finished with eight kills, two aces and three digs.

Nila also had 16 kills, but she and Ingrid could not block either May-Treanor or Walsh.

“We played aggressive and tough, but Kerri was too good at the net,” Ingrid said. “We were a bit impatient on defense.”

Walsh, who finished with one dig and was burned by a couple aces, decided to pour her energy into her defense.

“Since I wasn’t passing so good, my goal was to block a lot of balls,” she said. “They are a great serving team.”

Schedule and Results

Aug. 10: Fernandez Grasset/Larrea Peraza CUB [14] def. Nila/Ingrid NOR [11], 2-0 (20-22, 19-21) 0:50
Aug. 10: Walsh/May-Treanor USA [2] def. Teru Saiki/Kusuhara JPN [23], 2-0 (21-12, 21-15) 0:33
Aug. 12: Nila-Ingrid NOR [11] def. Teru Saiki-Kusuhara JPN [23], 2-0 (21-8, 21-18) 0:40
Aug. 12: Walsh/May-Treanor USA [2] def. Fernandez Grasset/Larrea Peraza CUB [14], 2-0 (21-15, 21-16) 0:35
Aug. 14: Walsh/May-Treanor USA [2] def. Nila/Ingrid NOR [11], 2-0 (21-12, 21-15)  
Aug. 14: Fernandez Grasset/Larrea Peraza CUB [14] def. Teru Saiki/Kusuhara JPN [23], 2-0 (21-18, 21-17)

Pool B Standings

Team Country Score Record
Walsh/May-Treanor USA 6 3-0
Fernandez-Grasset/Larrea Peraza CUB 5 2-1
Nila-Ingrid NOR 4 1-2
Teru Saiki-Kusuhara JPN 3 0-3