In the spirit of full disclosure, you should know that the person making this prediction went to the same university that both Ross and Kessy did.
However, that person has also watched both teams play numerous times and covered many of Misty and Kerri's domestic wins. He knows how good they are.
It would be an upset for Ross and Kessy to win, based mainly on the fact that Misty and Kerri have all of the experience in the world. Also, one must consider the champions' 27-5 all-time record against Ross and Kessy.
This quote from Walsh is intriguing:
"We want to seal the deal that we're the best team that's ever happened," she told NBCOlympics.com on Tuesday.
Newsflash: You are the best team ever, no matter what happens in the final. In fact, you'd be the best team ever if you were bounced from London in pool play.
Ross and Kessy, meanwhile, have some serious motivation. They narrowly missed out on qualifying for Beijing, and since they are both in their 30s, they are not an up-and-coming team by any means. This is their time.
While the Kessy-Walsh matchup at the net favors Walsh, who had five blocks in the semifinals, the versatility on the other side is a big asset.
With such elite teams on both sides, one of the key factors is experience in tight situations. How a team plays late in sets is what guides its success.
So far, Misty and Kerri have been magnificent in crunch time. They won their semifinal match on grit more than ability (although they are very able), since the young Chinese squad was really impressive all around. They had 20 digs in the first set, but Misty and Kerri found a way to come back from a 13-8 deficit and win.
Who's to say that Kessy and Ross don't possess the same late-game ability? They were up against the ropes after losing the first set to the Brazilians, who hadn't lost a set the entire tournament. They turned it around and showed killer instinct in the final frame to reach the final.
I picked against the champs in the semifinals and they proved me wrong. Here we go again:
Ross/Kessy def. May-Treanor/Walsh 19-21, 21-18, 17-15
Either way, it's going to be a fun one.