Olympics: Misty stays perfect

May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings advance to quarterfinals after dominating Netherlands team.

August 04, 2012

Misty May-Treanor, the former Newport Harbor High standout who grew up in Costa Mesa, along with Kerri Walsh Jennings opened the first round of single elimination with a resounding 21-13, 21-12 victory in 30 minutes against Marleen Van Iersel and Sanne Keizer of Netherlands in women's beach volleyball at the London Olympics.

May-Treanor and Walsh, the two-time defending Olympic gold medalists and the No. 3 seeds, advanced to the quarterfinals and remained undefeated at 4-0. They will play Italy's No. 7 Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti in the quarterfinals Sunday at 11 a.m. PST.

April Ross, also a former Newport Harbor standout who grew up in Costa Mesa, and Jennifer Kessy, seeded No. 4, will face No. 10 Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolocova of Czech Republic in the quarterfinals on Sunday at 2 p.m.


May-Treanor led with 16 kills, while Walsh Jennings had four blocks.

May-Treanor had 11 of the team's 14 digs. Netherlands had 13 digs.

May-Treanor and Walsh took advantage of 15 team errors by the Netherlands while committing only five.

"This is the Kerri and Misty that people come to see that we want to play like," May-Treanor told "We just keep elevating each match we're out there."

— From staff reports


Jake Gibb, a Costa Mesa resident, and Sean Rosenthal, a Corona del Mar resident, defeated Russia's Konstantin Semenov and Serguei Prokopiev, 21-14, 22-20, on Saturday to advance to the men's beach volleyball quarterfinals at the London Olympics.

Gibb and Rosenthal, who are seeded No. 4 in the tournament and are competing in the second Olympic Games after finishing fifth in Beijing, will play against Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins of Latvia Monday at 11 a.m. PST.

Gibb and Rosenthal improved to 3-1 and eliminated the Russian pair.

Gibb had 16 kills, while Rosenthal added 13.

Gibb said the team tried to play the net aggressively.

"We had a good game plan just coming out and being aggressive with our setting and I guess it paid off in the first set," Gibb told

— From staff reports


Sharon Day, a former Costa Mesa High standout, finished 16th in the women's heptathlon at the London Olympics, with 6,232 points, the highest among the two Americans in the competition.

She competed in three events Saturday. She finished 13th in the long jump 19 feet, 2 inches (5.85 meters), 10 inches less than her personal best.

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