Long Live the Queens
It was an all-American final in women’s beach volleyball on Wednesday, as the two-time defending gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings looked to claim the gold for an unprecedented third time. They were challenged by their fellow countrymen Jen Kessy and April Ross, who set up the star-spangled showdown by upsetting the heavily favored Brazilian duo of Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca. The Kessy/Ross Cinderella story ultimately ended in silver, but they did not go down without a fight.
In the first set, Kessy/Ross kept it close for most of the first set before Misty and Kerri pulled away to take the opener 21-16. The underdogs came out strong again in the second set, and the two teams were tied at nine apiece before it became increasingly evident that May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings were simply by far the superior team. They claimed their third consecutive gold medal after winning the second set by an identical 21-16 scoreline. The iconic duo plans to go out on top: May-Treanor said that she will not be competing four years from now in Rio, meaning that Kerri will need to find a new partner.
Misty’s shoes are sure to be some tough ones to fill.