The US women?s beach volleyball olympics team won their quarterfinals match against Australia 2-0. The US team beat Australia?s Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy in straight sets. It was also the birthday of Walsh Jennings.
Now, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, defending gold medalists, advance to the semifinals to meet reigning world champions Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas of Brazil. This is a dream match that beach volleyball and volleyball fans have been waiting for.
Walsh Jennings and Ross of the US came into the Olympics ranked 3rd by the FIVB. Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas were ranked number 2. The number 1 ranked team is Brazil?s Larissa Franca and Talita of Brazil. They will be playing against Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany in the other semifinal match.
It looks like Jennings and Ross will face a pretty big home court disadvantage against the Brazilians. Would they crumble to the pressure? That?s a possibility but It may not look like to happen as the US Team have been there before. But this is quite different.
They are potentially taking on another Brazilian team in the finals should they get pass their semifinals game. Both Brazilian teams are are ranked above them in the FIVB rankings. Brazilian crowds are known to be ruthless sometimes–from the Hope Solo Zika jeers and in MMA (chanting ?you?re going to die?).
In their last match, Walsh and Ross felt great support as pointed out by Nate Scott in USA Today. Team USA Basketball players Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler and DeAndre Jordan cheered for them and fired them up. After they won the match, the emcees led the stadium in a very moving rendition of ?Happy Birthday? for Kerri Walsh Jennings. The US team does not really fall short on support.
Do you think the Brazilian crowd would not be too kind this time around? Especially that it?s their team that the Walsh Jennings and Ross will compete against? Or it?s just beach volleyball fans are way kinder than soccer fans?
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