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Walsh, May-Treanor lose Olympic set for 1st time

By JIMMY GOLEN,

AP Sports Writer

Updated August 1, 2012

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LONDON (AP) Two-time defending Olympic beach volleyball gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor lost the first set of their preliminary round match against Austria on Wednesday night.

That's the first time they've lost a set in three Olympics.

Walsh and May-Treanor won seven straight matches in Athens and again in Beijing to win a pair of gold medals. They won also their first two matches in London. That's 16 matches and 32 sets in all.

They fell behind sisters Stefanie and Doris Schwaiger 19-14 and closed the gap to 20-17 before a busted play ended with the ball in the net.

Beach volleyball is best of three sets, the first two to 21 and the last to 15.

Even with a loss, the Americans would still likely advance to the knockout round.

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