Olympic Beach Preview for Aug 5 2012 May Treanor and Walsh

Aug. 05, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

No. 3 Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh (USA) vs. No. 7 Greta Cicolari Marta Menegatti
Date: Aug. 5, 2012
Time: 7 p.m. local; 11 a.m. PT

FIVB 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball Media Guide

Match Preview

  • Cicolari, 29, is 5-foot-11 and Menegatti, 21, is 5-11.
  • Menegatti and Cicolari advanced to the quarterfinals by winning all three of their pool play matches, with a total set record of 6-2. They won their first-round match on Saturday over No. 16 Elsa Baquerizo and Liliana Fernandez of Spain (16), 21-15, 21-16 (0:38). May-Treanor and Walsh also went 3-0 in pool play and won their first-round match over Netherlands’ Marleen Van Iersel and Sanne Keizer on Saturday, 21-13, 21-12 in 30 minutes.
  • Menegatti and Cicolari teamed up in 2009. They reached the semifinals in only their second World Tour event together, in Sanya in November, 2009. They reached their first World Tour final in Myslowice in May, 2011, losing to Netherlands’ Marleen Van Iersel and Sanne Keizer in straight sets. They reached the semifinals four more times on the World Tour in 2011, and also claimed victory at the European tour event in Kristiansand that season.
  • In 2012, the team has a silver medal from the Beijing Grand Slam, where they beat Van Iersel and Keizer in the semifinals. The have also finished third in the Brasilia Open and the Berlin Grand Slam.
  • May-Treanor and Walsh are 2-2 against Menegatti and Cicolari. In their only meeting this season, Menegatti and Cicolari defeated May-Treanor and Walsh in the third round of the Rome Grand Slam (June 12-17).
  • The winner of the match will play the winner of Sunday’s match between China’s No. 2 Chen Xue and Xi Zhang and Austria’s No. 15 Doris and Stefanie Schwaiger Austria.
  • Blocking has been a strength for May-Treanor and Walsh who are tied for fourth among all the women’s beach teams competing in the 2012 Olympic Games with 15 blocks in four matches (1.67 per set). They are also third in digs with 91 and a success percentage of .53.
  • Menegatti and Cicolari are second among all teams in aces with 17 in four matches (1.7 per set).
  • In the individual statistics, Walsh tied for fourth among all Olympic players in blocks with 15 in four matches (1.67 per set). May-Treanor is tied for fourth among all diggers with 61 in three matches (6.78 per set; .50 success percentage).
  • Cicolari is sixth among all attackers with 45 kills in four matches (4.5 per set, .59 success percentage) and seventh among all blockers with 13 (1.3 per set). Menegatti is eighth among all diggers with 51 (5.1 per set; .38 success percentage).

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
  • AVP Best Defensive Player in 2006 and 2007
  • AVP Best Defensive Player (Defender) in 2008
  • AVP Best Offensive Player from 2005-2008
  • AVP MVP from 2005-2008
  • FIVB Best Defensive Player in 2007, 2008 and 2011
  • FIVB Best Offensive Player in 2005, 2007 and 2008
  • FIVB Best Setter in 2005
  • FIVB Most Outstanding in 2005 and 2008
  • FIVB Sportsperson in 2007, 2008 and 2010

To view Misty May-Treanor’s complete bio, click here
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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 the University of Southern California

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
  • AVP Best Defensive Player (Blocker) in 2008
  • AVP Best Offensive Player in 2003
  • AVP MVP in 2003 and 2004
  • FIVB Best Blocker 2005-2008 and 2011
  • FIVB Best Hitter 2005-2007
  • FIVB Best Offensive Player in 2007
  • FIVB Most Inspirational in 2011
  • FIVB Most Outstanding in 2007
  • FIVB Sportsperson 2005-2008

To view Kerri Walsh’s complete bio, click here
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