The Olympics Women's Beach volleyball Final is all set today between All-USA team of Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor vs Ross April and Jennifer Kessy duo tandem.
Since Women's Beach Volleyball first introduced as official Olympic sport in 1996, only Brazil has staged all-team in the same country in the finals and that was all-Brazilian showdown of Jackie Silva and Sandra Pires which won 2–0 against Adriana Samuel and Mônica Rodrigues.
is not that popular then in the United States but the tandem of Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor put the Americans on the beach volleyball map when they won USA first Olympic Gold medal in beach volleyball in 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. Since then Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor put the USA as powerhouse in Olympic beach volleyball when they successfully defended their gold medal in 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor are household names already as two women keep the tradition in the past 8 years in going to the Olympic finals for the third time. They faced their toughest challenge yet in London Olympics by defeating powerful No. 2 ranked Zhang Xi and Xue Chen of China in straight sets 22-20, 22-20 in the women's beach volleyball semifinals.
Getting this stage of their career sealed their legacy in the sport as Walsh and May-Treanor of USA will try defend their title for the 3rd time and they will do it against their fellow American team Ross April and Jen Kessy. Start time of the match is 21:00 BST or 4:00 p.m. EDT.
Meanwhile, April Ross and Jen Kessy survived the onslaught from top-seeded Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva of Brazil, in a dramatic comeback win, 15-21, 21-19, 15-12 in thrilling three sets. Kessy and Ross has the best offense in the tournament with 59 percent in kills and are good in serving aces.
In the third set against Brazil, Kessy sealed the game with a spike but before that she made crucial two kills making it 13-10 from 11-9. Brazil couldn't return a serve, making it 14-10 but give up after two successive save.
Defense vs Offense, Who wins?
Aside from facing a well-experinced team, Ross and Kessy also run into the best defensive tandem in the tournament. Walsh Jennings leads all players in blocks with 21 and May-Treanor leads in digs with 92 with 7 per set. But beach volleyball is a game of wit, with a lot of space to cover, it's about placing the ball to blind spots on the court.
Ross and Kessy being a good spiker might be a good asset but it doesn't always guarantee wins. Meanwhile, Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor has experiece of more that 8-years of playing together plus two Olympic Gold medals is too intimidating for Ross and Kessy. Women's Beach Volleyball
Prediction: Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor wins 2-0. (21-15, 21-18)
Prediction are fun, the bronze-medal Olympic matchup of Brazil vs China could just be good being the gold-medal matchup. But if we go further, I go for Brazil to win the Bronze. Fortunately Americans has the previledge to celebrate in the meet for it all Gold medal match. Check this page later for live score and highlights.