U.S. Beach Volleyball Drives Spikes into London 2012 Competitors
The U.S. dynamic duo of Misty Mae-Treanor and Kerri Walsh brought their Italian opponents to tears on the sand with a 21-13 21-13 score and the two show no signs of slowing down.
The two U.S. players are seen as the most dominant force in the sport and they trounced the Italian team who went undefeated in the group stages of beach volleyball. Italy’s Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti were victorious over the U.S. two earlier this year, but suffered an embarrassing defeat on the sand that brought Menegatti to tears.
Walsh gave insight to her and her teammate’s strategy on the court when she stated, “I don’t want to let our opponents breathe. I don’t want to give them an edge. I don’t want them to feel comfortable for one second out there.” When it was brought up that the two could possibly play counterparts April Ross and Jennifer Kessy Walsh went on to say, “That would be amazing for our country but we want to crush everybody. We don’t care where they’re from”.
World champions hailing from Brazil Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca defeated the German team 21-10 21-19 and remain on course to fulfill their goal of facing the U.S. in the final on Wednesday.