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Which team won all-­American beach final?

One thing was certain in the women’s Olympic beach volleyball final – the U.S. was going to win gold. The only question was which team would it be – two-time defending Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, or April Ross and Jen Kessy.


May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings answered the question by topping their compatriots in straight sets 21-16, 21-16 to win their third straight Olympic gold.


As expected, the all-American gold-medal match was close from the start. The teams traded points and stayed within striking distance of each other for most of the first set. May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings got some slight breathing room at 15-13. They expanded their lead to 18-14 behind solid play by Walsh Jennings at the net before closing out the first set 21-16.


Kessy and Ross came out fighting in the second set, evening the set at 7-7 before pulling ahead 9-8. May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings rallied back to a 13-11 lead before expanding their advantage to 18-14. The gold medalists closed out the set 21-16.


Kessy and Ross advanced to the final by knocking off No. 1 Brazil in the semifinals. Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva went on to beat Xue Chen and Zhang Xi 11-21, 21-19, 15-12 in Wednesday’s bronze-medal match.


May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings made history at the 2008 Beijing Games when they became the first team to repeat as Olympic champions in beach volleyball.


The pair took time off after Beijing as Walsh Jennings had two children and May-Treanor recovered from an injury she suffered on “Dancing With The Stars.” They even played with different partners at various times between Beijing and London, but ultimately decided to make a run for gold in 2012 together.


Wednesday marked the final Olympic match for May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings as partners. May-Treanor announced before London that this would be her final Olympics. Walsh Jennings has said she plans on returning to action, only with a different partner.


In addition to their Olympic titles, May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings have also claimed three world championship crowns together.


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