Where is the love for Misty May-Treanor and Kerrie Walsh?

chad lamasaCorrespondent IAugust 15, 2008

There is some domination going on in the Olympics this year, and no I'm not talking about Michael Phelps.
I'm talking about Misty May-Treanor and Kerrie Walsh, the US Women's Beach Volleyball team.
Let me give you a number- 105. Know what that number is? That is how many straight matches they have won. 105!  I'll give you a minute to let that sink in.
Now that you've digested that one, here's another number for you- 66. That's how many straight international matches they have won in a row. Never mind losing matches, they haven't even lost a set in two months.
With all this being said you would think they would sail through the Olympics. They have until they ran into the Belgian team.
Now I know Belgians make great beer but I didn't know they had great volleyball players.
Liesbet Van Breedam and Liesbeth Mouha had to play in what is called the Lucky Loser game just to make it to the elimination round.  Think the play-in game during March Madness, where the 64-65 teams battle it out to have the right to be knocked out of the tournament by a number one seed.
Apparently no one told them that they were supposed to roll over and play dead and let May-Treanor and Walsh run all over them.
Liesbeth Mouha is 6'4" 195 lbs. I think this was a bit of shock to the Americans' since Kerrie Walsh is 6'2" and hasn't had to face a competitor taller than her thus far in the Olympics.
The upstart Belgians jumped out to an early lead and gave the number two seed a hell of a fight. They lead 7-3 when NBC went to commercial. When we came back somehow the game tied at 7-7. The Belgians then went on another run to get back to a 3 or 4 point lead.
The Americans chipped away at the lead but it seemed like every time they gained a little ground the Belgians had an answer. Eventually the score was 20-17, with the Belgians serving for the set.
May-Treanor and Walsh battled their way through five set points and finally tied the game at 22. May-Treanor got a forearm on a spike by Van Breedam to keep the point going. Then Walsh blocked another Van Breedam spike to finish the point and take the lead for the first time in the set.
On the ensuing serve Van Breedam committed an unforced error, giving the set and basically the match to the Americans. May-Treanor and Walsh never trailed in the second set and cruised to a 21-10 victory. Improving to 4-0, without having lost a set in the Olympics.
What a great match and a great battle. But this is what true champions do. They find a way to dig (no pun intended) deep and pull out the victory no matter how far down they are. And these two are just that, true champions.
Nice 30th birthday for Kerrie Walsh. I hope she can get herself a belated golden birthday gift on the 21st in the finals.
Catch them while you can because they have both said that after the Olympics they will take time off to start families.
I have to say this just so I have an excuse to put a picture of her in the article, I've been a fan of women's beach volleyball since Gabrielle Reese played the sport.
photo by THOMAS COEX / AFP / Getty Images