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Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh Jennings march on

August 07, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Misty May-Treanor, right, and Kerri Walsh-Jennings celebrate after defeating China in their semifinal women's beach volleyball match.
Misty May-Treanor, right, and Kerri Walsh-Jennings celebrate after defeating… (Petr David Josek / Associated…)

The deficits were there, overwhelmingly and stunningly.

But Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings kept coming back and pulled out a 22-20, 22-20 victory in a beach volleyball semifinal Tuesday against China's Xue Chen and Zhang Xi at Horse Guards Parade.

The U.S. was down quickly in the first set, 13-7, but Walsh Jennings began to assert herself, piling up four blocks and an ace. One of her blocks put the U.S. ahead, 21-20, and then Zhang hit into the net to end the set.

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The U.S. took a 12-8 lead in the second set but couldn't keep it, finding itself down, 20-19.

No problem for the two-time defending gold medalists. Walsh Jennings poked the ball down the line, then May-Treanor placed one in the back of the court for a 21-20 edge.

The match ended on Walsh Jennings' block of Zhang.

Walsh-Jennings and May-Treanor advanced to the finals Thursday against a team to be determined.


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