Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh 2012 Olympics: Semifinal Results, Highlights

Blake DorfmanFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  Kerri Walsh Jennings of the United States and Misty May-Treanor of the United States celebrate during the Women's Beach Volleyball Quarter Final match between United States and Italy on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on August 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh will be playing for a third consecutive gold medal after a 22-20, 22-20 win over second-seeded Xue/Zhang of China.

The Chinese were the more physical team and had a 13-8 lead in the first set before the Americans stormed back to take it. It was Misty and Kerri in control of the second before China rose up to force extra points.

Even though they won in two sets, this was hands-down the biggest challenge for the Americans in the tournament. Now they'll face either the top-seeded Brazilians or their American counterparts Kessy/Ross in the gold medal match on Tuesday.

Are we in for an all-American final? The other women's semifinal will be streaming online at 4 p.m. EDT...