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"When the ball goes too high, you can't see it too easy," said Renata, her eyes wet from crying, as well. "But it's OK, because if it is raining for us, it is raining for them."
The Americans scored three straight points to break a 17-17 tie in the first. China survived one set point before May-Treanor spiked one down the line for the winner.
The Americans cruised through the two-year qualifying process in a year, giving Walsh a break this spring to recover from offseason shoulder surgery. Managing the pain with massages and a special tape that is said to increase blood flow, Walsh showed no signs of wear.
Tian did need a medical timeout with the score 17-15. As she sat under the canopy that covers the bench, a trainer massaged her left arm before sending her back to the sand.
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