Aug. 23, 2004
Athens, Greece - UCLA alums Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs fell to top-seeded Misty May and Kerri Walsh of the United States on Monday in Athens. The American team of McPeak/Youngs will play the Australian pair of Natalie Cook and Nicole Sanderson in the Bronze Medal match on Tuesday. The top-seeded May and Walsh scored a 21-18 and 21-15 win in 41 minutes over fourth-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs in an All-American semi-final. It was the ninth international meeting between the two teams with May and Walsh holding a 7-2 edge. Prior to the United States match, Adriana and Shelda helped erase the memory of their gold medal defeat at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games by scoring a 21-17 and 21-16 win over Cook and Nicole Sanderson in 42 minutes. The Brazilians lost to Cook and Kerri Pottharst in the Sydney finale. The Australia-United States bronze medal match will open Tuesday's action at 7:30 p.m. (Athens Time) followed by the gold medal match at 9 p.m. at the 10,000-seat Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre where a sold out crowd watched Monday action. McPeak said her team "wanted to win, so we gave it all we had. They made some spectacular plays. They make it hard on the opponents and that is why they are the No. 1 team in world." Youngs noted that Walsh "is tall and able to put it in play. She gets some funky angles that nobody else out here can do. Give them credit. They beat us tonight and played a better match. We just ran into a great team." The men's Olympic semi-finals were also wswesplayed Monday with teams from Australia, Brazil, Spain and Switzerland competing for the Olympic gold. The men's medal matches will be played Wednesday evening.