Southern California breaking news and trends

Golden sands: Olympic women's beach volleyball final is all-American

London Olympics Beach Volleyball Women

Dave Martin/AP

The United States Jennifer Kessy, left, and April Ross celebrate after beating top seeded Brazil during a women's semifinal beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in London.

APTOPIX London Olympics Beach Volleyball Women

Petr David Josek/AP

United States' Misty May-Treanor, left, and Kerri Walsh Jennings celebrate after defeating China in their semifinal women's beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in London.

It's going to be the United States versus America for Olympic gold in women's beach volleyball. Can you dig it?

A semifinal win on Tuesday by April Ross and Jennifer Kessy over Juliana Silva and Larissa Franca of Brazil followed a fellow Californian victory by Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings over the Chinese team of Xue Chen and Zhang Xi earlier in the day. 

Translation: Wednesday is an all-American, all-SoCal championship match.

This is the first Olympic spin for Ross and Kessy and the last Olympics together for Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor.

"We want to seal the deal that we're the best team that's ever happened," Walsh Jennings said Tuesday night after they advanced to their third consecutive Olympic gold medal game with a 22-20, 22-20 victory over China. "Misty has changed my life. I just love her. I want to win tomorrow for us."

Already the most-decorated team in the brief history of Olympic beach volleyball, which debuted in 1996, Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor are guaranteed at least a silver medal.

blog comments powered by Disqus