Saturday, August 21, 2004
Heese and Child beat Argentina 2-0 to advance to Quarter-final vs Spain
"Our beach philosophy? Win."
Mark Heese was asked that question in reference to the "beach life" at the press conference after their round of 16 victory. Although he didn't offer a response at the time that's my suggestion if it comes up again.
And win they did. The gouchos from Argentina didn't know what hit them after having an easy ride through their pool including wins over two wild card teams who were too low in the seeding to qualify any other way. The Argentines were former World champions but looked anything but today.
Heese and Child faced the do or die situation with their usual stoic demeanour - not too hot and not too cold. But it didn't take long for a few key blocks and a spectacular dig here and there to fire up their killer instinct to finish off the number one seeds from Pool F.
"I thought about that as I wrote in my journal last night. That this could have been my last Olympic match ever"
The victory guaranteed them at least a fifth place finish but a win in their next match against Spain's Bosma/Herrer would put them playing for a medal.
Men's game time is 11pm local on Sunday or 4 eastern. The women play Misty May and Kerri Walsh at 8pm local or 1pm eastern.