Walsh Jennings and partner April Ross fell to Agatha and Barbara of Brazil in a match played just after midnight on Wednesday morning, losing in straight sets at the beach volleyball stadium on Copacabana Beach.
The match began as a contrast in styles, with Brazil showing off its creativity and the Americans relying on the power of Walsh Jennings to win points.
In an interesting strategy, the Brazilians repeatedly targeted Walsh Jennings with serves early in the first.
The Brazilians stuck with it, though, which paid dividends with a big ace to tie the set at 18-18.
The crowd leapt to its feet, and chants of “BRAZIL, BRAZIL” echoed out across Copacabana Beach.