The women’s beach volleyball final saw two-time gold medalists Keri Walsh Jennings and Misty May Treanor dive for their third scoop against April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in an all-American gold medal match Wednesday night.
Playing the Games together for the last time, the Jennings-Treanor team managed to take Gold for the third time in a row (in Athens, Beijing and now in London) by defeating their opponents 21-16, 21-16.
"It's insane. It doesn't feel like its real," Walsh Jennings said, according to a report by Fox Sports. "I told Misty when we were getting our medals: “If I wake up tomorrow and we have to replay this match, I'm going to be furious.”
"It truly feels surreal and it didn't feel like that the first two times for whatever reason. But this, it's almost too good to be true."
Ross and Kessy didn’t walk out empty handed either. After beating Brazil’s Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva in Tuesday’s semifinal match, the duo made sure they won at least Silver.
“It’s not just ‘the other U.S. team’ anymore,” Kessy said before the final match began. “Not after that, no way. If anyone saw that game and said, 'Who’s that other U.S. team?’, then they didn't pay attention, no way. We are our own team. Kerri and Misty deserve everything they get, and we know why they’re famous. They have two gold medals. But April and I know why we’re in the finals.”
Having won the Silver on the sands of London, Kessy complimented Jennings and Treanor, calling their play impressive.
Jennings wrapped an American flag around her shoulders. Treanor, once a “Dancing with the Stars” competitor, celebrated with her funky jig moves turning the beach party on. "I was like, 'I hope I'm not rubbing it in anybody's face,' but I was so excited, I just had to get our there and let it out."
The four Americans hugged each other after winning their medals and as they stood up next to each other on the podium, Treanor said having two American teams in the gold medal match says a lot about the sport, the teams and the country.