#Women's beach volleyball

New York Post

US women’s beach volleyball pair into quarterfinals

TOKYO — April Ross and Alix Klineman put away a Cuban team they had never played before. Next up for the Americans is one of the most familiar faces in all of beach volleyball: Four-time Olympian — and defending gold medalist — Laura Ludwig. Ross and Klineman beat Cuba in...
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At Tokyo Games beach volleyball, anything but business as usual

TOKYO — “Love Rollercoaster” was blaring from the speakers at Shiokaze Park, but for American beach volleyball players Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, it was another ride on the rollercoaster of weirdness as they took on a tough Brazilian team on a stiflingly hot Saturday morning. Team USA’s youngest-ever beach...
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Phoenix's own Sarah Sponcil still undefeated in Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO, Japan — Editor's note: The above video is from a previous broadcast. Phoenix native and hometown hero, Sarah Sponcil is making her mark on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics while being apart of one of two U.S. women's beach volleyball teams with perfect streaks. After her Saturday win in the...
NBC Los Angeles

USC's Kelly Claes and UCLA's Sarah Sponcil Seek Third Beach Volleyball Win

Team USA’s beach volleyball team of USC’s Kelly Claes and UCLA’s Sarah Sponcil takes on Brazil Thursday afternoon at the start of Day 8 of the Tokyo Olympics. The United States’ youngest-ever beach volleyball team is scheduled to play at 5 p.m. PT. Twenty-five-year-old Claes and 24-year-old Sponcil are seeking their third win in three at the Tokyo Olympics.

Why do beach volleyball players wear bikinis? Team USA coach explains

Since it officially became an Olympic sport in 1996, in Atlanta, beach volleyball has been one of the biggest draws of the summer games. And that’s at least partly due to the controversy surrounding the skimpy uniforms players wear during competition. Since the London Olympics, female players could choose to...

Americans ousted by Canada in Olympic beach volleyball

TOKYO (AP) — The scoreboard at the Shiokaze Park beach volleyball venue said: “Challenge successful. Ball out.”. That didn’t make any sense. And the Americans’ survival was riding on it. “The referee just said, ’Wait, wait, wait. We’re sorting it out,” Canada’s Heather Bansley said on Sunday after winning a...
NBC San Diego

Youngest-Ever U.S. Beach Volleyball Team Dominates Second Prelim Match

Kelly Claes, 25, and Sarah Sponcil, 24 -- the youngest U.S. beach volleyball pair ever -- dominated the Kenyan duo Gaudencia Makokha and Brackcides Khadambi in their second preliminary victory, 21-8, 21-6. The Americans were on fire out of the gate, up 14-4 in the first before a timeout was...

Beach Volleyball-Canada stroll into last-16, China, Brazil follow suit

TOKYO, July 29 (Reuters) - Canadian medal contenders Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes continued their unbeaten run in women's Olympic beach volleyball with a dominant win over Swiss duo Joana Heidrich and Anouk Verge-Depre, cruising into the last 16 as pool winners. Switzerland, who also progressed after finishing second in...

Beach Volleyball-Brazil double up over Argentina, Swiss women on top

TOKYO, July 24 (Reuters) - The Brazilian men's and women's teams got their Olympic beach volleyball campaigns off to strong starts on Saturday by winning their opening pool encounters against South American rivals Argentina in straight sets at Tokyo's Shiokaze Park. Olympic debutant Alvaro Filho overcame nerves before teaming up...

Olympic Beach Volleyball Results

ROC (Viacheslav Krasilnikov; Oleg Stoyanovskiy), def. Czech Republic (Ondrej Perusic; David Schweiner), 19-21, 21-13, 15-8. Lucky Loser. Spain (Adrian Gavira Collado; Pablo Herrera Allepuz), def. Poland (Piotr Kantor; Bartosz Losiak), 31-29, 19-21, 15-7. Chile (Esteban Grimalt; Marco Grimalt), def. Switzerland (Adrian Heidrich; Mirco Gerson), 21-17, 21-18. Women. Preliminary. Pool D.

Tina Graudina on USC and Latvian beach volleyball culture

TOKYO – Not only was Tina Graudina the first NCAA beach volleyball player to qualify for an Olympics back in September 2019, but she and her Olympic partner are the first women to represent Latvia – ever – at the Games in beach volleyball. Should they do well in Tokyo, they would not be the first Latvian medalists on the sand (Mārtiņš Pļaviņš and Jānis Šmēdiņš took bronze in 2012), but their rise is remarkable because Graudina’s partner (Anastasija Kravcenoka) does not play in college.
Washington Post

Bikinis, shorts, long sleeves — let female athletes wear what they want

As of last week, I had never heard of beach handball. Now it’s top of mind, thanks to the heroes of the Norwegian women’s national team. That’s another thing I did not know: that Norway has beaches warm enough for sports other than ice fishing. Anyway, for years, the women...