Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Continue Their Dominiation

chad lamasaCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2008

The team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh have advanced to the final four in their quest to repeat as gold medalists in Women's Beach Volleyball.

This time out was a bit easier as they took on the number three seeded Brazilian team.

The Brazilian team has only been together since August 7th. Larissa Franca's regular partner Juliana Felisberta da Silva was sidelined on August 6th with a knee injury. So three-time Olympian Ana Paula Connelly was called upon.

You would never know they had only been together such a short time, as they played extremely well together.

In the first set, May and Walsh trailed only a couple of times. Their biggest deficit being three points.

When they finally gained the lead they never relinquished it.

The Brazilians gave them a bit of a scare at the end of the first set though. As May/Walsh were up 20-16 serving for the first set, when the Brazilians won two points.

I started thinking uh-oh, this is exactly what May/Walsh did to the Belgians when they broke five set points to win the first set of that match.

That would be as close as they'd get though. The final score of the first set was 21-18.

In the second set, Misty and Kerri cruised to a 21-15 victory. They continued their perfect streak, by not dropping a set.

Unfortunately, my DVR cut off the last 8 (or so) points of the match. I wish I could have seen the end of it.

May/Walsh have now won 106 straight matches, including 67 straight international matches.

May-Treanor is the winningest Women's Beach Volleyball player of all time.

Photo above from Reuters

Photo of Kerri Walsh from Holly Stein/AVP

Photo of Misty May-Treanor obtained from Google search. I couldn't find the photographers' name. If anyone happens to know it, please feel free to contact me so I can give proper credit.