In what has become the most repeated phrase of the last three Olympics, Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh Jennings won their beach volleyball match in straight sets. The iconic American team beat the second-ranked team in the world, the Chinese pairing of Xue Chen and Zhang Xi, winning both sets 22-20.
Since the start of elimination play, the pairing has not lost a set. And in their three Olympic appearances they have only ever lost one set, earlier this year in group play against the Austrian Schwaiger sisters after having already locked down first place in Group C.
May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings advanced to the gold medal match where they will take on either the world top-ranked team from Brazil of Larissa Franca and Juliana Felisberta Silva, or fellow Americans April Ross and Jen Kessy, the fourth-ranked pairing in the world.
They may not be the top team in the world anymore, but until May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings are beaten they are always the favorites on the Olympic sand.
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