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London Olympics 2012: USA Works Toward Beach Volleyball Medals On MSNBC Tuesday

The 2012 London Olympics beach volleyball semifinals are scheduled to begin Tuesday at 11 AM CDT on MSNBC. The women's semifinals matches each feature American teams—the infamous Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings combo are the No. 3 seed, and they'll face No. 1-seeded Brazil; on the other side of the bracket, No. 4-seeded Jan Kessy and April Ross will take on Xue Chen and Zhang Xi of China.

The Americans could make a three-medal swing on China—who currently leads in the medal count—if both sides win and China loses, but they represent the Americans' last chance at medals in beach volleyball; the U.S. men were eliminated in the quarterfinals—by Latvia, of all countries.

MSNBC's beach volleyball coverage runs from 11 AM-1 PM, according to NBC's current schedule. The men's semifinal moves to NBC at 3 PM, but I don't think I'll be able to watch it knowing that the Americans lost to Latvia, much as I admire their ability to recover from the economic disaster in Europe through gut-wrenching internal devaluation. At least, I think that was them.