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May-Treanor, Walsh to Play for Gold Again

Aug. 07, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org
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LONDON (Aug. 7, 2012) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, seeded No. 3, advanced to its third straight Olympic final after defeating China’s No. 2 Chen Xue and Xi Zhang, 22-20, 22-20 in 44 minutes on Tuesday in the semifinals at Horse Guards Parade.

May-Treanor (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Walsh (San Jose, Calif.), the two-time defending Olympic gold medalists, improve to 6-0 (20-0 in Olympic matches going back to Athens and 40-1 in Olympic sets). They will face the winner of Tuesday’s second semifinal between the U.S. team of Jen Kessy and April Ross (No. 4) and Brazil’s No. 1 Larissa França and Juliana Felisberta Da Silva for the gold medal on Wednesday at 9 p.m. local time (1 p.m. PT).

Xue and Zhang, who won the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, fall to 4-2 and will play for the bronze medal on Wednesday at 7 p.m. local time (11 a.m. PT).

May-Treanor and Walsh had to fight their way back from a six-point deficit in the first set. In the second set, the U.S. team fought off set point at 20-19 to win the match.

“It was amazing. I feel like we eked it out and we eked it out with a lot of heart,” Walsh said. “We didn’t play that great because they made us so uncomfortable. They’re just big, physical athletes.”

May-Treanor added, “I am very, very proud of how we really stuck together, stayed patient and adjusted.”

The play of the match, and perhaps the tournament, came in the second set with China leading 19-18. China’s Zhang attacked the ball and was caught by surprise when May-Treanor ran it down and passed it close to the net. Walsh passed it over while sliding under the net and it landed short on China’s side as Xue and Zhang had moved to the back of the court.

“We got lucky and I think you create your own luck,” Walsh said of the play. “That’s what you get when you don’t give up.”

Xue and Zhang led May-Treanor and Walsh in attacks (35-30) and digs (34-24) while May-Treanor and Walsh led in blocks (5-1) and aces (3-0).

Individually, May-Treanor scored on 22 kills and one block and was credited with 17 digs. Walsh scored on eight kills, four blocks and had all three of the team’s aces. She also had seven digs.

May-Treanor and Walsh trailed in the first set by six points at 13-7 when

In the first set, China jumped out to a 3-0 lead on three straight kills and eventually increased its lead to six at 13-7. That’s when May-Treanor scored with a kill after a long rally. The U.S. team scored five more straight points, including two more attacks from May-Treanor, and two blocks and an ace from Walsh to tie the score at 13-13. From there, the two teams battled back and forth. The U.S. was leading 19-18 when Walsh scored on an attack to give the U.S. set point. China came back with a kill by Xue and a U.S. error to tie the score at 20-20. Walsh responded with a block and the U.S. won the set when China hit into the net.

May-Treanor and Walsh led by as many as six points in the second set at 12-6. But China did not give up and eventually tied the score at 16-16 and then took a 17-16 lead on a kill by Xue. With China leading 19-18, Walsh made her amazing play at the net to tie the score at 19-19, but China followed with a block by Xue to reach set point. Walsh tipped the ball over the net for a kill to fight off set point. May-Treanor hit a kill to the back row to give the U.S. match point. Walsh ended the match with a block of Zhang.

Beach Volleyball - Competition Schedule Event Details

Day 7 Fri 03 Aug
Session BV19 Start: 09:00 End: 10:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Goller-Ludwig GER [8] def Holtwick-Semmler GER [12], 21-16, 21-15 (:37)
Session BV20 Start: 13:00 End: 14:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Larissa-Juliana BRA [1] def Meppelink-van Gestel NED [20], 21-10, 21-17 (:35)
Session BV21 Start: 17:00 End: 18:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Kessy-Ross USA [4] def Kuhn-Zumkehr SUI [11], 21-15, 21-19 (:42)
Session BV22 Start: 21:00 End: 22:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Schwaiger D.-Schwaiger S. AUT [15] def Vasina-Vozakova RUS [23], 21-17, 16-21, 15-9 (:50)

Day 8 Sat 04 Aug
Session BV23 Start: 09:00 End: 10:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Zhang Xi-Xue CHN [2] def Ukolova-Khomyakova RUS [18], 21-12, 21-11 (:30)
Session BV24 Start: 13:00 End: 14:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Cicolari-Menegatti ITA [7] def Liliana-Baquerizo ESP [16] , 21-15, 21-15 (:38)
Session BV25 Start: 17:00 End: 18:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Slukova-Kolocova CZE [10] def Talita-Antonelli BRA [5], 21-16, 20-22, 15-9 (:56)  
Session BV26 Start: 21:00 End: 22:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
May-Treanor-Walsh USA [3] def Van Iersel-Keizer NED [9], 21-13, 21-12

Day 9 Sun 05 Aug
Session BV27 Start: 18:00 End: 19:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
QF1: Zhang Xi-Xue CHN [2] def Schwaiger D.-Schwaiger S. AUT [15], 21-18, 21-11 (:35)
QF2: May-Treanor-Walsh USA [3] def Cicolari-Menegatti ITA [7], 21-13, 21-13 (:33)
Session BV28 Start: 22:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
22:00 - 22:50 (2 p.m. PT) Women's Quarterfinal 3: Slukova-Kolocova CZE [10] vs Kessy-Ross USA [4]
23:00 - 23:50 Women's Quarterfinal 4: Larissa-Juliana BRA [1] vs Goller-Ludwig GER [8]  

Day 11 Tue 07 Aug
Session BV31 Start: 17:00 End: 18:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Men Semifinal 1: Emanuel-Alison BRA [1] def Plavins-Smedins, J. LAT [17], 21-15, 22-20 (:41)
Women Semifinal 1: May-Treanor-Walsh USA [3] def Zhang Xi-Xue CHN [2], 22-20, 22-20 (:43)
Session BV32 Start: 21:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Women Semifinal 2: Larissa-Juliana BRA [1] vs Kessy-Ross USA [4]
Men Semifinal 2: Brink-Reckermann GER [3] vs Nummerdor-Schuil NED [5]

Day 12 Wed 08 Aug
Session BV33 Start: 19:00 End: 22:30 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
19:00 - 19:50 Women bronze - Zhang Xi-Xue CHN [2],
21:00 - 21:50 Women gold - May-Treanor-Walsh USA [3]  vs TBD

Day 13 Thu 09 Aug
Session BV34 Start: 19:00 End: 22:30 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
19:00 - 19:50 Men's Bronze Medal Match
21:00 - 21:50 Men's Gold Medal Match

Pool C Results
Team (Country) Points/Match Record/Set Record/Points Ratio
1 Walsh-May-Treanor (USA) 6/3-0/6-1/1.257
2 Slukova-Kolocova (CZE) 5/2-1/4-4/.971
3 Schwaiger D.-Schwaiger S. (AUT) 4/1-2/4-5/.940
4 Cook-Hinchley (AUS) 3/0-3/2-6/.901

Pool D Results
Team (Country) Points/Match Record/Set Record/Points Ratio
1 Kessy-Ross (USA) 6/3-0/6-2/1.146
2 Liliana-Baquerizo (ESP) 5/2-1/5-3/1.049
3 Van Iersel-Keizer (NED) 4/1-2/4-4/1.063
4 Gallay-Zonta (ARG) 3/0-3/0-6/.732

Day 1 Sat 28 Jul
Session BV01 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool B: Vasina - Vozakova (RUS) def Zhang Xi - Xue (CHN), 21-18, 14-21, 14-16 (:53)
Pool A: Holtwick - Semmler (GER) def Klapalová - Hájecková (CZE), 21-16, 21-18 (:37)
Session BV02 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool C: Sluková - Kolocová (CZE) def Schwaiger D. - Schwaiger S. (AUT), 10-21, 21-13, 15-13 (:47)
Pool A: Larissa - Juliana (BRA) def Rigobert - Li Yuk Lo (MRI), 21-5, 21-10 (:28)
Session BV03 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool B: Kuhn - Zumkehr (SUI) vs Arvaniti - Tsiartsiani (GRE), 21-13, 21-19 (:38)
Pool C: May-Treanor - Walsh (USA) def Cook - Hinchley (AUS), 21-18, 21-19 (:38)

Day 2 Sun 29 Jul
Session BV04 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool F: Cicolari - Menegatti (ITA) def Ukolova - Khomyakova (RUS), 17-21, 21-18, 15-8 (:55)
Pool D: Liliana - Baquerizo (ESP) def Van Iersel - Keizer (NED), 21-14, 16-21, 11-15 (:49)
Session BV05 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool E: Goller - Ludwig (GER) def Palmer - Bawden (AUS) , 21-18, 19-21, 15-8 (:53)
Pool F: Mullin - Dampney (GBR) def Lessard - Martin (CAN), 17-21, 21-14, 15-13 (:53)
Session BV06 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool E: Talita - Antonelli (BRA) def Meppelink - Van Gestel (NED), 21-10, 21-19 (:35)
Pool D: Kessy - Ross (USA) def Zonta - Gallay (ARG), 21-11, 21-18 (:33)

Day 3 Mon 30 Jul
Session BV07 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool A: Klapalová - Hájecková (CZE) def Rigobert - Li Yuk Lo (MRI), 21-10, 21-11 (:28)
Pool B: Zhang Xi - Xue (CHN) def Kuhn - Zumkehr (SUI), 21-18, 16-21, 15-8 (:54)
Session BV08 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool A: Larissa - Juliana (BRA) def Holtwick - Semmler (GER), 21-18, 21-13 (:41)
Pool B: Arvaniti - Tsiartsiani (GRE) def Vasina - Vozakova (RUS), 18-21, 21-13, 15-12 (:51)
Session BV09 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool C: Schwaiger D. - Schwaiger S. (AUT) def Cook - Hinchley (AUS), 18-21, 22-20, 15-10 (:53)
Pool C: May-Treanor - Walsh (USA) def Sluková - Kolocová (CZE), 21-14, 21-19 (:36)

Day 4 Tue 31 Jul
Session BV10 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool D: Liliana - Baquerizo (ESP) vs Zonta - Gallay (ARG), 22-20, 21-16 (:39)
Pool E: Talita - Antonelli (BRA) vs Goller - Ludwig (GER), 21-19, 29-31, 15-13 (1:05)
Session BV11 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool E: Meppelink - Van Gestel (NED) def Palmer - Bawden (AUS), 21-19, 21-15 (:36)
Pool F: Cicolari - Menegatti (ITA) def Mullin - Dampney (GBR), 21-18, 21-12 (:37)
Session BV12 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool F: Ukolova - Khomyakova (RUS) def Lessard - Martin (CAN), 21-18, 28-30, 15-13 (1:09)
Pool D: Kessy - Ross (USA) def Van Iersel - Keizer (NED), 21-15, 12-21, 15-8 (:56)

Day 5 Wed 01 Aug
Session BV13 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool B: Zhang Xi - Xue (CHN) def Arvaniti - Tsiartsiani (GRE), 21-17, 21-16 (:39)
Holtwick - Semmler (GER) def Rigobert - Li Yuk Lo (MRI), 21-11, 21-10 (:28)
Session BV14 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool B: Vasina - Vozakova (RUS) def Kuhn - Zumkehr (SUI), 21-17, 19-21, 15-9 (:52)
Pool A: Larissa - Juliana (BRA) def Klapalová - Hájecková (CZE), 21-12, 21-18 (:35)
Session BV15 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool C: Sluková - Kolocová (CZE) def Cook - Hinchley (AUS), 21-16, 18-21, 15-11 (:57)
Pool C: May-Treanor - Walsh (USA) def Schwaiger D. - Schwaiger S. (AUT), 17-21, 21-8, 15-10 (:47)

Day 6 Thu 02 Aug
Session BV16 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool D: Van Iersel - Keizer (NED) def Zonta - Gallay (ARG), 21-12, 21-16 (:35)
Pool F: Cicolari - Menegatti (ITA) vs Lessard - Martin (CAN), 21-12, 23-25, 15-10 (:55)
Session BV17 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade
Pool E: Goller - Ludwig (GER) def Meppelink - Van Gestel (NED), 21-18, 21-14 (:37)
Pool F: Ukolova - Khomyakova (RUS) def Mullin - Dampney (GBR), 23-25, 13-21 (:43)
Pool D: Kessy - Ross (USA) def Liliana - Baquerizo (ESP), 21-19, 19-21, 19-17 (1:07)
Pool E: Talita - Antonelli (BRA) def Palmer - Bawden (AUS) 18-21, 21-16, 15-9 (:51)
Session BV18 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade
Meppelink-van Gestel NED [20] def Klapalova-Hajeckova CZE [13], 17-21, 17-21 (:33)
Schwaiger D.-Schwaiger S. AUT [15] def Mullin-Dampney GBR [6], 21-15, 21-12 (:34)

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