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Walsh, May-Treanor of US win in beach volleyball

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August 14, 2008 09:57 PM EST | AP


BEIJING — Athens gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor overcame five set points in the first set to beat Belgium 24-22, 21-10 and advance to the quarterfinals of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament.

The win Friday was the 105th consecutive victory for the Americans.

Liesbeth Mouha and Liesbet van Breedam led 18-12 and 20-17 in the first set of the best-of-three. Beach volleyball matches are up to 21, but the team must win by two, so it wasn't until May-Treanor and Walsh scored three straight points after trailing 22-21 that they secured the set.

The Americans, who have not lost a set in Beijing, won the clinching set in a more characteristic 15 minutes.