Film Room Friday: Walsh Jennings/Sweat

Film Room Friday: Throwback to Kerri Walsh Jennings And Brooke Sweat Winning Gold in Jinjiang

Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat won another gold medal last weekend. That came in Boca Chica, where Walsh Jennings was, astoundingly, playing in the first NORCECA of her storied career.

However, because it was a NORCECA, a tour that is limited in resources, there was no livestream of the match and little to no chance film from the final, against Cuba, will surface. In light of that, we figured it would be appropriate to throw it back to Walsh Jennings’ and Sweat’s first win as a partnership, at a Four-Star FIVB in Jinjiang, China in May.

The win was, as one could guess, momentous for multiple reasons. The first being that it was their first gold medal as a team, as well as Sweat’s first in what had already been a brilliant career. Beyond that, the win would be a key piece to a points boost that would soon push them out of qualifiers and directly into main draw, a critical component of a long and winding Olympic race.

It would be, however, their last win until Boca Chica, and penultimate medal of the FIVB season. But it was hard-earned, no doubt, requiring victories over Olympic gold medalist Laura Ludwig, Americans Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, Brazilian power Agatha and Duda, and Australians Mariafe Artacho and Taliqua Clancy — twice.

The win in Boca Chica required no such trials, though it did present a semifinal clash with American Olympic hopefuls Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman, and Cuba is certainly no pushover. At the end of the day, a win is a win is a win.

And a win of the gold medal variety is always worth watching.