First off, I want to take a moment to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KERRI WALSH!!!!!!
Pool Play wrapped up yesterday with 3 out of 4 of Team USA going undefeated. All of our teams advance to the single elimination round with May-Treanor/Walsh and EY/Nicole playing today. Tomorrow, Phil/Todd will play Switzerland’s Martin Laciga and Jan Schnider (9am Beijing)…if and when they win, they will face the hometown duo of Wu Penggen and Xu Linyin in the quarterfinals.
Unlucky for Brazil, both of their women’s teams are on Misty/Kerri’s side of the bracket. Brazil’s Larissa Franca and Ana Paula Connelly will face May-Treanor/Walsh in the quarterfinals. The No.2 seed will be the toughest team Misty/Kerri will face in the Beijing Olympics.
Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal earned the No. 6 seed after coming out of pool play undefeated. It was a close one last night as they went to their first Game 3 to come out on top 18-16. Tomorrow, they will face Spain’s Pablo Herrera and Emanuel Rego of Brazil (8pm Beijing). If and when Jake and Rosie win, they will face reigning Olympic gold medalists Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego of Brazil.
All of the American teams (women and men) will not face each other until the gold medal match on August 22….Hopefully we see a repeat of the Atlanta Olympic Games!