USA vs.USA for gold medal


London, Great Britain, August 7 2012 —In a match-up between former FIVB SWATCH World Champions, USA’s May-Treanor/Walsh, who won world titles in 2003, 2005 and 2007 and USA’s Kessy/Ross, the 2009 FIVB SWATCH World Champions, this will be the 14th international meeting between the two teams with USA’s May-Treanor/Walsh holding the series edge, 11-2. With U.S. domestic events included, USA’s May-Treanor/Walsh current overall record is 27-5 against USA’s Kessy/Ross.


This will be the first time the two teams have met in an international gold medal match. The last time two USA women’s teams met in an international gold medal match was in 2009 in Phuket, Thailand when Kessy/Ross defeated compatriots Angie Akers/Tyra Turner.


In their recent meetings, USA’s May-Treanor/Walsh have won the last two, and USA’s Kessy/Ross had their most recent win on May 11, 2012 when the won in Beijing, 24-22, 24-22 in 45 minutes.


USA’s May-Treanor, 35, and Walsh, 33, have enjoyed a stellar career as a team since first playing together in 2001. They are competing in their 77th international event and have earned 63 final four appearances with 39 gold medals, 14 silvers, six bronze and three fourth place finishes.


For USA’s Kessy, 35, and Ross, 30, this is their first Olympic Games and they are in their 69th international tournament.  Since teaming up in 2007, they have earned 32 final four appearances, having earned nine gold medals, 10 silver, nine bronze and three fourth place finishes.