Aug 5, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Kerri Walsh (USA), center, celebrates with Misty May-Treanor (USA), right, in the women's beach volleyball quarterfinal match between Walsh (USA) and May-Treanor (USA) against Greta Cicolari (ITA) and Marta Menegatti (ITA) during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade. May-Treanor/Walsh defeated Cicolari/Menegatti 21-13, 21-13. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings extended their undefeated streak in the Olympics Sunday with a win over Team Italy in the beach volleyball quarterfinal.
NBC has an affinity for calling them "The Golden Girls," but Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings are, at this point, simply too dominant for goofy nicknames. They have still never lost an Olympic volleyball match, and the two-time Olympic gold medalists continued their dominance Sunday in London with a straight-sets victory in the quarterfinals over Italians Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti.
Up next in the semifinals will be Zhang Xi and Xue Chen of Team China, the bronze medalists in Beijing. May-Treanor and Walsh Jenning's chemistry is simply unmatched. They don't fight on the court, they don't have mental lapses, and are so mentally dominant that it's hard to envision them losing, even though they're not the top seed in the field.
Here's what Walsh Jennings said after the victory, from the Olympics' official website:
"We have fine-tuned our play, our sonars are working, but every day the competition will get tougher," said Walsh Jennings. "We will go back to work tomorrow, we will do more mental than physical training. We will focus on the Chinese and breaking them down."
They will play next on Tuesday before the medal games on Wednesday.
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