London 2012 Women's Beach Volleyball: Predictions and Preview for All-US Final

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London 2012 Women's Beach Volleyball: Predictions and Preview for All-US Final
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Bold prediction: The "Star Spangled Banner" will be playing at the medal ceremony for women's beach volleyball.

That's actually a sure bet after a pair of exciting semifinal matches on Tuesday evening in London that have led to an all-American affair in the championship match.

Two-time defending champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh faced their toughest challenge yet— defeating powerful No. 2 Zhang Xi and Xue Chen of China, 22-20, 22-20.

Meanwhile, Americans April Ross and Jen Kessy took on top-seeded Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva of Brazil, winning in comeback fashion, 15-21, 21-19, 15-12.

If you watched both matches, you know that the bronze-medal matchup could just as easily have ended up being the gold-medal one. Fortunately for Americans, our ladies pulled through on the big points and will meet for it all.

The match is set to begin at 4 p.m. EDT.

Here's a preview of both teams and a prediction on how it will all unfold...

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