Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh continued their dominant streak today in an elimination match against the Netherlands' Marleen Van Iersel and Sanne Keizer, sweeping the match 2-0.
The U.S. duo entered Saturday's competition coming off of a 2-1 victory against Austrian sisters Stefanie and Doris Schwaiger, in which they surprisingly lost their first ever set in three Olympic appearances, which pushed their overall record to 34-1.
Treanor and Walsh won the first set fairly easily by a score of 21-13.
They led from the start, going up 3-1 and eventually extending that lead to 8-5.
From there, Treanor and Walsh extended the lead 13-7, 16-11 and 20-13 before claiming match point and the first set.
The second set had a different feel to it, as it was tied at three before the U.S. duo broke the tie at 6-5 and eventually extended the lead to 11-8 and then 15-11.
After that, it was all Treanor and Walsh, as they went ahead 19-12 and scored the next two points to earn the victory over Van Iersel and Keizer.
It was a bit of redemption for the pair, who saw their undefeated streak end at the hands of the Schwaiger sisters. There's no doubt that Treanor and Walsh wanted to come out strong and regain their confidence after dropping their first ever set on August 1.
Treanor and Walsh will represent the U.S. in the quarterfinals against Italy's Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti on Sunday, August 5 in what will be a test for the duo that has won 18 consecutive Olympic matches.
Cicolari and Marta are coming off a fresh sweep of Spain's Baquerizo McMillan and Fernandez Steinerl.
The Italian pair has the age advantage on the U.S., as Marta is just 21 and Cicolari is 29, but Treanor and Walsh have the obvious advantage given their track record.
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