Olympic Women's Beach Volleyball Preview for Aug. 4, 2012

Aug. 04, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

No. 3 Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh (USA) vs.
No. 9 Marleen Van Iersel/Sanne Keizer (NED)
Date: Aug. 4, 2012
Time: 9 p.m. local; 1 p.m. PT

FIVB 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball Media Guide

Match Preview

  • May-Treanor and Walsh advanced to the first round of elimination by winning their pool with a 3-0 match record and a 6-1 set record. Van Iersel and Keizer finished third in their pool at 1-2 and a 4-4 set record. In pool play, Van Iersel and Keizer lost to the U.S. team of Jen Kessy and April Ross as well as the Spanish team of Liliana Fernández Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan.
  • May-Treanor and Walsh last played Keizer and Van Iersel on July 7, 2012 in the final of the Gstaad Grand Slam where May-Treanor and Walsh won, 21-10, 21-13. May-Treanor and Walsh also defeated the Netherlands side twice in 2011, but both victories took three sets.
  • The winner of the match will play the winner of Saturday’s match between Liliana Fernández Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan of Spain (No. 16) and Italy’s Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti (No. 7). The women will play their quarterfinals on Aug. 6.
  • Keizer and Van Iersel have been regular partners since the start of 2009 and won their first FIVB World Tour title in Shanghai in May 2011. They followed with another victory in Myslowice, also in May 2011. They warmed up for London 2012 with a victory at the European championships in The Hague in June 2012. They also finished second in Gstaad and third in the Beijing Grand Slam.
  • Van Iersel, 24, is 5-foot-10 and Keizer, 27, is 5-11.
  • Blocking has been a strength for May-Treanor and Walsh who rank fifth among all the women’s beach teams competing in the 2012 Olympic Games with 11 blocks in three matches. They are also fifth in digs with 77 and a success percentage of .45.
  • Van Iersel and Keizer rank ninth among all Olympic players in attacks with 78 and a kill percent of .55.
  • In the individual statistics, Walsh is fifth among all Olympic players in blocks with 11 in three matches (1.57 per set). May-Treanor is tied for fourth among all diggers with 50 in three matches (7.14 per set; .52 success percentage).
  • Van Iersel has tied for the fifth-fastest serve, clocked at 76 km/hour. Keizer is eighth clocked at 74 km/hour.

May-Treanor and Walsh Team Fast Facts

  • Joined forces in 2001 and competed in eight FIVB tour events and winning four medals and earning ninth place in the World Championships
  • In 2002, played exclusively on the FIVB tour in 11 events, winning five times and placing second three times
  • Accumulated the most posts in 2002, becoming the first U.S. team to win the points championship in FIVB history
  • In 2003, tallied the first undefeated season in history after winning all 39 matches on the AVP tour. In FIVB play, they advanced to the Final Four in all eight events, winning five times including the World Championship.
  • In 2004, their win streak ended at 89 after losing in the Manhattan Beach semifinals
  • Took the gold medal in Athens in 2004, sweeping all of their seven opponents
  • In 2007, became the first team to win three straight World Championship titles in Gstaad after winning in 2005 and 2003
  • Broke their own match-streak record in 2008, winning 112 consecutive matches and 19 straight tournaments including the Olympic Games, where they swept all their opponents en route to their second-straight gold medal
  • Walsh had two children between the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and May-Treanor suffered a torn achilles, but the pair reunited in 2011 to make a run for their third consecutive gold medal at the Olympics

May-Treanor Personal

  • Born in Los Angeles, Calif., but grew up in Costa Mesa
  • 35 years old; 5-foot-9
  • Married to professional baseball player Matt Treanor
  • Graduated from Long Beach State

May-Treanor Career

  • Won an NCAA Championship in 1998 after defeating Penn State in the finals
  • NCAA First-Team All American from 1996-1998
  • In 1999, made her pro beach debut with Valinda Rouche and competed in one FIVB event with Holly McPeak
  • Played entire 2000 season with McPeak and advanced to seven gold-medal matches of 11 FIVB events they competed in
  • Garnered her first international win at a Grand Slam event in Chicago, which gave May-Treanor/McPeak enough points to qualify for the Sydney Olympics (placed fifth)
  • Partnered with Walsh in 2001 and won four medals in eight events
  • In 2008, won her 100th career tournament title in 153 events, the fastest beach volleyball player to reach that milestone
  • Tore her achilles tendon during the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” but bounced back to play with Walsh in an AVP event in Brazil and placed second
  • FIVB Sportsperson of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2010

To view Misty May-Treanor’s complete statistics, click here

Walsh Personal

  • Born in Santa Clara, Calif.
  • 33 years old; 6-foot-3
  • Married to Casey Jennings, a U.S. men’s beach player. They have two children, Joey, 3, and Sundance, 2.
  • Graduated from Stanford University

Walsh Career

  • Played at Stanford University
  • First Team All American honors from 1996-1999
  • Competed in the 2000 Olympics on the Women’s Indoor Volleyball Team as an opposite hitter and played in the medal round, finishing fourth
  • Transitioned to the beach in 2001 with Misty May
  • Became the fourth U.S. woman to surpass one million dollars in career earnings in 2006
  • FIVB Sportsperson of the year in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

To view Kerri Walsh’s complete statistics, click here