On Tuesday morning (with Kobe Bryant and Lebron James cheering in the stands), Talita Antunes and Renata Ribeiro fell to May/Walsh Misty 21-12, 21-14. They will defend their Olympic Gold on a few days as they face No. 1 seeded Chinese team Joan Tian/Jie Wang.
With 107 straight match wins and three consecutive world championships in their back pocket, they are not stressing out about the hometown advantage China will have at Chaoyang Park.
Yesterday, the sun set on Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal’s shot at an Olympic medal. They battled against Brazil’s reigning gold medalists Ricardo/Emanuel point for point but at 12-12, Emanuel/Ricardo took the lead and would not relinquish it resulting in a 21-18, 21-16 defeat over Gibb/Rosenthal.
Brazil continues to be a powerhouse in beach volleyball. They are ahead in the beach volleyball medal count and will be able to add more to their resume following these games. Not only are the two aforementioned Brazilian teams in the semis, the No. 15 Georgian team that surprised everyone by making it to the final four is made up of Brazilians-turned-Georgian citizens, Renato Gomes and Jorge Terceiro.
They became Georgian citizens to avoid the rule that limits each country to having only two teams representing it in the Olympics.
Congratulations to the “Redeem Team” for crushing Germany last night 106-57! Many of our AVP athletes have had the opportunity to attend and support the basketball team the past couple weeks just as they have been doing for us!
Stay tuned for more from the Men’s Semifinal where Rogers/Dalhausser with face Georgia’s Georg/Gia!