Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh Beat Brazil for Easy Two-Set Victory

chad lamasaCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2008

What is there left to say about these two? As dominant as Michael Phelps was in swimming, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (or "Six Feet of Sunshine," as she is affectionately known) have been in women's beach volleyball.

After cruising to yet another two-set victory, Misty and Kerri are now on the precipice of becoming the first beach volleyball team, men's or women's, to repeat as gold medalists.

They will have to get by one of the two Chinese teams to accomplish this feat. The gold medal game will be played on Wednesday night.

Let's get to the recap of tonight's game though...

Maybe my articles are bringing some love to May-Treanor and Walsh, as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were in attendance.

The second Brazilian team in as many matches, Talita and Renata, had apparently kicked May-Treanor and Walsh off of warm up court No. 1 earlier in the day. And it seems that the Americans took it personally.

In the first set May/Walsh jumped out to an early 5-2 lead. Again there was a score change as we came back from the commercials. The Americans were up 9-3. Somewhere during the ads, they went on a 4-1 run.

May-Treanor and Walsh ran the score to 18-8. After a long volley back the Brazilians cut the lead to 18-9. They then got another quick point to cut it to 18-10. After that, the Americans won three of the next five points, to win the set 21-12.

The second set was more of a battle as Misty and Kerri fell behind quickly 2-1 and 4-3. 

Talita and Renata kept the match close after May-Treanor and Walsh took the lead. After another long volley, and a penalty on Walsh that I didn't quite understand, the Brazilians tied the game at 10, then went up 11-10.

After that, it was over. The Americans went on a 10-1 run to take a commanding 20-12 score.  

The Brazilians reeled off two quick points to cut the lead to 20-14. The ensuing serve went into the net to give Team USA the victory.

All this was with Misty playing while under the weather. You'd never have known from watching her though.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh have yet to drop a set in the Olympics. They have also increased their total win streak to 107, including 68 international matches.

Tune in Wednesday to see them try to repeat as gold medalists.

Good luck, ladies!