When will the world acknowledge the greatness of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings?
Actually, most of the world has seemingly accepted this fact, which has only been proven by science time and time again, but for some reason pairs of volleyball players from countries far and wide are determined to challenge the reigning beach queens. The Czech Republic was the latest nation to fall to May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings – as good of an example of Olympic royalty as there is, having never lost a set of volleyball in the Olympics, let alone a match.
Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor won their 16th consecutive Olympic match and 32nd consecutive set, defeating Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolocova, 21-14, 21-19. The women showed brief hints of mortality in the second set, much like they did in their previous match against Australia, but both athletes tapped their respective strengths to pull out a clutch victory in the end.
After a timeout, down 18-15 in the second set, May-Treanor made several acrobatic digs and three successful kills to bring the score back to even. The Czech pair broke the American serve to go up one point, but then they presented the Americans with a couple gifts before Walsh Jennings, serving for match point, came up with a huge block to clinch.
May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings (boy, that’s a lot less fun to type and say than the good old May/Walsh) will next take on the Austrian Schwaiger sister act under the lights on Wednesday. The live stream will begin 5 p.m. Central Time, and NBC will undoubtedly broadcast the match on prime time.