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Two-time Olympians Misty May and Kerri Walsh defeat China’s beach volleyball pair Zhang Xi and Xue Chen to possible 3rd gold

China’s Zhang Xi (张希) and Xue Chen (薛晨)

America’s Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings

I just watched two of my favorite teams in the London 2012 Olympics compete on NBC: two-time Olympians American pair Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings and China’s Zhang Xi (张希) and Xue Chen (薛晨). The American pair won in closely contested sets, 22-20 and 22-20. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Chinese team lost to the pair and settled for bronze. Since then, they have defeated Kerri Walsh and Misty May three times, including at the recent 2012 Beach Volleyball Moscow Grand Slam. It was intense and a true contest of will. Congratulations to the American team. If the pair wins again, it will be 3 Olympic golds; a truly impressive feat!
I am partial to volleyball because I play the sport. So, I thought I take this opportunity to offer a public service on this post and let you in on some volleyball secret. Have you ever wondered what those gestures mean behind the players butts?

Zhang Xi (张希) signals to Xue Chen (薛晨) she is blocking line on both opponents. This tells Xue to anticipate a hit cross court or a tip right over Zhang down the line.

Kerri Walsh signals to Misty May-Treanor she’s blocking angle hits on either side

British player signals line block for hitter on left and no block for opponent on right. She may stay on the net to give right opponent pressure and at last minute drop back to dig her hit. This works when right opponent is not a strong hitter.

  1. August 8th, 2012 at 02:40 | #1

    Interesting. I wonder if there are sign spies that are in the audience or sidelines who can see the signs and who then sign to the opposing players what are the intentions of the other team. In baseball, this often happens and players must often change signs. It’s like a mini WWII enigma scenario.

  2. August 8th, 2012 at 02:43 | #2

    lol. Those spies would get hypnotized first! Signal is given seconds before the serve. It’d be too distracting I think to make that a practicality.

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