Women's competition, Rhodes
From 19 May To 23 May 2004

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May breathes uneasily en route to final
Rhodes, Greece, May 23, 2004 - Despite suffering the effects of a bad cold, Misty May was able to lift her game on centre court as she and playing partner Kerri Walsh advanced to the final of the Swatch - FIVB World Tour event in Rhodes on Sunday.

Walsh and May's semi-final opponents, Adriana Behar and Shelda from Brazil, tried everything they could to outwit the Americans, however, the duo never managed to take control of the match and lost by 2-0 (21-16, 21-18) in 38 minutes.

"I feel a little stuffy and feel like there is a lot of junk in my chest," an uncomfortable May said after the game. "I don't know exactly what it is but it just doesn't feel like I'm getting enough oxygen and it's really hard for me to breath. Every first match when I come out to play I feel there isn't enough oxygen but after the first match it seems to break up and I feel fine."

May described the importance of her understanding with Walsh when such instances occur in tournaments, "Whenever you're injured or not feeling well that's when the technique really has to kick in. I wasn't hitting as much and was concentrating more on placement. I don't think it will be a problem for the final."

Meanwhile Walsh was elated with another victory and a place in an all American final. "I'm so happy it's an American final," Walsh beamed after the game. "The other two American teams (Jordan-Davis and McPeak-Youngs) are fighting for an olympic birth and we are doing our best to stay on top so that's why we have such strong representation in this competition."

Speaking about the team's performance in Sunday's semi-final, Walsh added, "I'm pretty happy how we played but I think we could have done a lot better. Personally, I gave Adriana Behar too much room to go where she wanted and so we conceded a lot of points, that was my fault as a blocker.

"Misty sided out very well and I think she passed well too and they didn't get any aces which is huge as that was one of our goals against them. We served pretty well and used the wind to our advantage."

While Walsh and May take to the final, Adriana Behar and Shelda will battle it out for bronze in the third place play-off.