**Spoiler Alert – If you have not yet watched the final game in the Women’s Beach Volleyball Olympic competition and do NOT wish to the know the results yet, stop reading now, for those who wish to know how the event turned out, keep reading**
For the first time since beach volleyball debuted in the Olympics in 1992, both teams in the women’s final came from the same country. Today in London April Ross and Jen Kessy went up against the “Golden Girls” of beach volleyball Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings for the Gold medal.
Misty May and Kerri Walsh are the darlings of Olympic women’s beach volleyball having won the gold medal in both the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing games, and up until their game against Austria’s Schwaiger sisters had never lost an set at the Olympic Games. If Misty and Kerri won the Gold in her London, for is said to be Misty’s final Olympic games, they would become the first team to win 3 straight medals at the games in this sport.
Last night Ross/Kessy played a tight game against the team from Brazil, playing all three sets and winning the final set with a close 15-12. Later on, Treanor/Walsh also played a tight game against China’s Xue C./Zhang X. but were able to win both sets 22-20 each time. This meant both teams for USA would play against each other for the Gold while China and Brazil would play for Bronze.
So how did Misty May and Kerri Walsh do when playing against their own teammates? After two sets, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third straight Gold medal in beach volleyball with each set score’s being 21-16. For April Ross and Jen Kessy that means they will the silver medal, which is still a win in Team USA’s book. Brazil managed to beat China after 3 sets to win the bronze medal.
If you missed the game live on NBCOlympics.com or want to watch it again, tune into NBC’s Primetime coverage tonight at 8pm ET.
[photos via NBC Olympics]