Silver Medals in First Debut for Walsh and May-Treanor

At the season-opening FIVB World Tour Event in Brazil, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh debuted for the first time in 2 years, and almost took home the gold.  The two-time Olympic gold medalists took sliver in the tournament, and celebrated with Kerri's boys Joes and Sundance! (Kerriwalsh.com picture) Read and watch the details of the match from Kerri's own website below: The USA is back...with a vengeance.  Proving that America is still strong, despite the domestic pro tour's bankruptcy last year, three American pairs nestled into the final four at the season-opening FIVB event in Brasilia, Brazil. While the home country favorites Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca lead with the gold, six US women rounded out the next three finishes. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, two-time Olympic gold medalists, narrowly lost to the Brazilians in the championship match.  America's pop culture darlings, who competed, for the first tim eon the international circuit since 2008, were edged by the top seeded couple, 21-16, 15-21 and 15-12.  In front of a highly partisan crowd in the thousands, the seventh-ranked May-Treanor and Walsh, who just resumed their partnership last month, nearly won their 39th FIVB tournament. These two tandems battled each other during the seesaw contenst, where the lead was exchagned several times in each set.  In the end, the Brazilian's strength, bolstered by their play in the recently ending Brazilian domestic tour, proved too much for the newly formed couple.  With the score knotted at 12-12 in the final set, the favorites slammed kills to reach the top of the podium. "We are very proud of our play in Brazil.  We are frustrated but Juliana and Larissa are the top team in the world right now and that's where we want to be again in the future.  We haven't played together for over two years, but we did well all things considered," said Walsh in a FIVB press release. To read more, click here. Along with Joe and Sundance, we at KT Tape are excited to watch Misty and Kerri's quest for their third Olympic gold!  To watch the final moments of the gold medal match in Brazil, see Universal Sports video converage on KerriWalsh.com: