Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings impressive in close match against Australia
As a young girl growing up in a world revolving around sports, the years of the Olympics were, and still are, the highlight to my summer.
One of the events I enjoy the most is beach volleyball, and that’s partly due to the performance two strong women role models: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings.
The United States women’s beach volleyball duo of has never lost an Olympic set and took home gold in 2004 from Athens and in 2008 from Beijing.
Since 2008, the women had taken different paths. Walsh Jennings has had two children and May-Treanor suffered an injury after rupturing her Achilles tendon while participating in ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
Despite obstacles, this year in London is to be no exception —their eyes still are set on first.
When facing Australia Saturday, the women had a close call.
In battling the Australian duo of Tasmin Hinchley and Natalie Cook — a five-time Olympian — the Americans won, but by small margins. They beat the Aussies by scores of 21-18 and 21-19.
Looking for another win in the Olympics, the duo hit the sand once more Monday against Czech Republic’s young pairing of Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolokova.
With the gold medal in mind, hopefully their upcoming matches aren’t as close as their preliminary one.