The Train continues to roll on for Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings. The awesome American duo won another Olympic match by dispatching the Italian team of Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti, two sets to none.
They advanced past the quarterfinals and remain unbeaten in Olympic competition.
This was a fairly easy win for the team that is clearly the best the sport has ever seen. They took everything the Italians had, but they couldn't derail May-Treanor and Walsh-Jennings.
Amidst the loosest environment in the Summer Olympics, the Americans have coolly dispatched all comers.
Here's how it happened:
May-Treanor and Walsh-Jennings waltzed to a 21-13 win, as the latter snuffed out several spike attempts at the net. May-Treanor was successful at keeping plays alive, and they used a steady balance of power and finesse finishes.
They seem to be getting stronger with every performance. The first set took only 17 minutes to complete.
The second and final set was more of the same, but the Americans broke the Italians with rally-saves and dramatic points like this:
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Their chemistry has been uncanny throughout almost every match in the Olympics. The second set took just 16 minutes, as they won 21-13 again.
In the second set, Cicolari struggled to help Menegatti keep her composure, but the Americans were unrelenting. Menegatti sobbed after the final point was scored and the Americans moved on.
This likely will be May-Treanor and Walsh-Jennings' toughest match of the Olympics. They will face Xue Chen and Zhang Xi of China in the semifinals. The Chinese duo won the bronze medal in the Beijing Games and they match up well with the Americans from a size and power standpoint.
They also are a lot younger at 23 and 27 years old, respectively.
If May-Treanor and Walsh-Jennings can handle this test, there may be no stopping them in their march toward another gold medal.
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