Olympic Beach Preview for Aug 7 May Treanor and Walsh

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

Olympic Beach Volleyball Women’s Semifinal
No. 3 Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh (USA) vs. No. 2 Chen Xue / Xi Zhang
Aug. 7, 2012 at Horse Guards Parade
6 p.m. local time (10 a.m. PT)

FIVB 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball Media Guide

Match Preview

  • Misty May-Treanor is 35 years old and 5-foot-9; Kerri Walsh is 33 years old; 6-foot-3
  • Chen Zue is 23 and 6-3; Xi Zhang is 27 and 6-0
  • May-Treanor and Walsh, the two time defending Olympic gold medalists, have two podium finishes on the FIVB World Tour this year; a second in Moscow and a first in Gstaad.
  • May-Treanor and Walsh advanced to the semifinals by going 3-0 (6-1 in sets) in pool play and winning their first-round match over Netherlands’ Marleen Van Iersel and Sanne Keizer on Saturday, 21-13, 21-12 in 30 minutes. In the quarterfinals, May-Treanor and Walsh beat Italy’s No. 7 Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti, 21-13, 21-13 in 33 minutes.
  • In team statistics, May-Treanor and Walsh are third in digs among all women’s beach volleyball teams competing in the Olympics with 110 on 210 attempts for a success percentage of .52. In blocks, May-Treanor and Walsh are tied with Zhang Xi and Xue as each team has 17 in five matches.
  • May-Treanor and Walsh are ninth in attacks with 132 on 255 attempts for a .52 kill percent.
  • In individual statistics, May-Treanor leads all players in digs with 75 successes on 152 attempts for a success percentage of .49 and an average of 6.8 digs per set. Walsh is tied for second in blocking with Xue Chen as each has 17 in five matches. Walsh is fourth among all attackers with 50 kills on 83 attempts for a kill percent of .60.
  • May-Treanor is eighth among all scorers with 86 points on 82 attacks and four aces.
  • May-Treanor and Walsh lead the series between the two teams, 9-5. However, Xue and Zhang won the only match between the two teams so far this season, 21-14, 21-14 in 34 minutes in the gold medal match of the Moscow Grand Slam.
  • Xue and Zhang were the bronze medalists at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
  • Xue and Zhang advanced to the semifinals by going 2-1 in pool play (5-3 in sets) and then defeating No. 18 Ekaterina Khomyakova and Evgeniya Ukolova of Russia, 21-12, 21-11 in 30 minutes in the first round. In the quarterfinals, the Chinese team beat No. 15 Doris and Stefanie Schwaiger of Austria, 21-18, 21-11 in 35 minutes.
  • The Chinese team has reached the podium three times on the FIVB World Tour this season, winning gold in Shanghai and Moscow and silver in Klagenfurt.
  • Xue and Zhang lead the team statistics in aces (24 on 220 attempts) and attacks (144 on 242 attempts for a .60 kill percent. They are third in blocks with 17.
  • In individual statistics, Zhang is second in scoring with 102 points on 96 kills and six aces. Xue leads in attacks with 48 kills on 73 attempts for a kill percent of .66.

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
  • At the London Olympic Games, the U.S. team is competing in its 77th international event and has earned 63 final four appearances with 39 gold medals, 14 silvers, six bronze and three fourth place finishes.

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 Stanford

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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