American beach volleyball stars Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh defeated the No. 2-seeded Chinese team—comprised of Xue Chen and Zhang Xi—to advance to the finals of the 2012 Summer Olympics tournament.
The famous duo will face country mates April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in an all-American gold-medal match and they will claim victory over them to cement their status as the best team in history.
While Kessy and Ross beat a better opponent in the No. 1-seeded Brazilians, Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca, they have less experience and it will eventually be their downfall in such a huge match.
May-Treanor and Walsh have won two straight Olympic gold medals and hadn’t dropped a set in three Olympics until last week. They haven’t lost another since and look primed to win that third gold in dominant fashion.
Kessy and Ross just began playing together in 2007, three years after May-Treanor and Walsh won their first gold medal. They haven’t accomplished much on the international scene besides a 2009 World Championship victory in Stavanger, Norway.
It’s also going to be an emotional match for May-Treanor and Walsh, as they have accepted the fact that this will be their final hurrah as teammates. According to the Associated Press (via Sports Illustrated), Walsh wants to insure they go out on top:
"'We want to seal the deal that we're the best team that's ever happened. I want to win tomorrow for us. ... This will be our last match together, so we want to go out on top.'"
They certainly will be, as they are the better team; the best one in history, to be exact.