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Walsh, May-Treanor Three-Peat

Aug. 08, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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LONDON (Aug. 8, 2012) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won their third straight Olympic Games gold medal on Wednesday, defeating  compatriots Jennifer Kessy and April Ross, 21-16, 21-16 in 36 minutes at Horse Guards Parade.

May-Treanor (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Walsh (San Jose, Calif.), who won gold medals in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008 and were seeded No. 3 in London, finish the tournament at 7-0 (21-0 in Olympic matches going back to Athens and 42-1 in Olympic sets). Kessy and Ross (No. 4) finish their first Olympic Games with a silver medal and a 6-1 record.

“A big reason Misty and I are gold medalists is because of those two girls,” Walsh said of Kessy and Ross.  “They are one of my favorite teams to beat because they are so good. It’s an honor to share the podium with them. They drive me crazy on the court.”

“I still feel like somebody pinch me that this just happened,” said May-Treanor, who has said she plans to retire after the Olympic Games. “We’ve been walking around the stadium saying it feels like an out-of-body experience.

“This was about the experience, the friendship, the journey and volleyball was just a small part of it.”

With May-Treanor and Walsh’s victory, the United States continues its streak of having at least one gold medalist in beach volleyball since its introduction in 1996. The United States has earned at least one volleyball medal, either indoor or beach, in every Olympics since 1984.

May-Treanor and Walsh become the first women to win three Olympic medals in beach volleyball and the first players of either gender to win three beach volleyball gold medals

On Wednesday, May-Treanor and Walsh led in attacks (27-22), blocks (17-9) and digs (17-9). The two teams tied in aces (2-2).

May-Treanor led in attacks with 16. Kessy had 14 for her team. Walsh had three blocks while Kessy had two. May-Treanor finished with 15 digs.

“We’re really proud of what we did here,” Ross said.  “I’m so proud of how we fought. We just didn’t have that same opportunity in this match. They didn’t let us back in. Kudos to them.

“We expected a battle and it wasn’t the battle we thought it was going to be.”

“They made us make great shots to go down; mediocre shots were not going to go down,” Kessy said. “They played really well. It was just a bummer to lose the last time we are ever going to play against them.”

The teams battled back and forth in the first set and were tied at 13-13 when Kessy and Ross had an error followed by a May-Treanor attack to lead 15-13. Kessy came back with a kill, but May-Treanor and Walsh scored the next four points on a May-Treanor attack and an ace, kill and block by Walsh to lead 19-14. Kessy and Ross could only manage two more points before May-Treanor won the set for her side with a kill.

The teams battled to a 9-9 tie in the second set. May-Treanor and Walsh took a two-point lead on two straight hitting errors by Kessy and Ross. May-Treanor and Ross increased their lead to three at 14-11. Kessy and Ross pulled back to within one point at 15-14, but their next serve went out and Walsh followed with an ace to increase the lead to three. A dig that went into the net made it a four-point lead and Kessy and Ross couldn’t respond. May-Treanor and Walsh reached match point on a block by Walsh. Kessy scored on a kill before Ross served into the net to end the match.

The last time the U.S. had two teams in the Olympic beach finals was at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta where Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes advanced as did the U.S. team of Mike Dodd and Mike Whitmarsh. Kiraly and Steffes went on to win the gold.

The only time the U.S. has won more than one medal in an Olympic women’s beach volleyball tournament was in 2004 in Athens when May-Treanor and Walsh took the gold and the U.S. team of Elaine Youngs and Holly McPeak won the bronze.

The last time two women's teams from the same country squared off for the gold medal was in 1996, when Sandra Pires and Jackie Silva of Brazil defeated their countrywomen Mônica Rodrigues and Adriana Samuel.

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: Kessy-Ross USA [4] def Larissa-Juliana BRA [1], 21-15, 19-21, 12-15 (:58)
Men Semifinal 2: Brink-Reckermann GER [3] def Nummerdor-Schuil NED [5], 21-14, 21-16 (:39)

Day 12 Wed 08 Aug
Session BV33 Start: 19:00 End: 22:30 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Women Bronze: Larissa-Juliana BRA [1] def Zhang Xi-Xue CHN [2], 11-21, 21-19, 15-12 (:52)
Women Gold: May-Treanor-Walsh USA [3]  def Kessy-Ross USA [4], 21-16, 21-16 (:36)

Day 13 Thu 09 Aug
Session BV34 Start: 19:00 End: 22:30 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
19:00 - 19:50 Plavins-Smedins, J. LAT [17] vs Nummerdor-Schuil NED [5]
21:00 - 21:50 Emanuel-Alison BRA [1] vs Brink-Reckermann GER [3]

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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