They call her ''Six Feet of Sunshine,'' but at night in London, the smile disappears and Kerri Walsh Jennings turns downright fierce.
She did it again Sunday, when she and Misty May-Treanor beat Italy in straight sets to advance to the semifinals in the Olympic beach volleyball tournament.
''I don't want to let our opponents breathe. I don't want to give them an edge. I don't want them to feel comfortable for one second out there,'' she said Sunday night after the win.
''You need to have that cutthroat mentality. Not mean and not, 'I want to hurt you.' It's: 'I respectfully want to beat you and give you my best game.'
''Crush you, yes,'' she said. ''Not your soul. Just you, on the court.''
The Americans have been crushing opponents for three Olympiads, sweeping to the gold medals in Athens and Beijing without even losing a set -- 32 in a row over 16 games, including their first two in the round-robin at the London Games. Even before that straight-set streak was snapped on Wedne...