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It’s a United States final in women’s beach volleyball for the gold medal on Thursday at the 2012 Olympics. As expected, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings defeated the team from China in their semifinal to advance to the gold medal match. What was not expected however is the team of Jen Kessy and April Ross upsetting the No.1 ranked team from Brazil, the favorites to win the gold medal.
But that is exactly what happened on Wednesday in London. After dropping the first set, Kessy and Ross, the big underdogs on the betting odds, seemed to find their groove midway through the second. From there, things just went their way. After getting the win in the second set, the match was forced to a decisive third set. The Americans simply came out better than Brazil, winning the set and the match.
Earlier in the day, May-Treanor and Walsh-Jennings won in straight sets, as they look for a third-straight gold medal. It wasn’t as easy as it appeared on paper though, as the dynamic duo battled back from a 13-7 deficit in the opening set. And after getting out of that hole, the momentum was in their favor and they never looked back.
So now, the Americans are guaranteed a gold and silver in women’s beach volleyball. It’s simply a question of which team will come out on top.
2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set May-Treanor and Walsh-Jennings as the assertive favorites to win a third-straight gold medal in the Olympics. The two-time defending champions are going off at -350 on the betting line to win the match. Kessy and Ross come in at +260 on the other side of the betting line in the role of the underdog.
This is the fourth time in five Olympics since beach volleyball became an Olympic sport that the United States will win at least two medals, continuing the dominance.
This is just the second time that these two teams will play each other. Ross and Kessy upset the gold medalists at a 2008 AVP event. May-Treanor and Walsh-Jennings took time off after the 2008 Olympics, and just recently reformed as a team.
This gold medal match takes place at 4pm ET on Thursday.