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U.S. women knock out Aussies to advance to beach volleyball semifinals

Olympics: Beach Volleyball
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U.S. women knock out Aussies to advance to beach volleyball semifinals

Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross are one step closer to Rio gold

Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross topped Australia’s Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy 21-14, 21-16 to advance to the semifinals of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament. 

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Walsh Jennings/Ross are now 5-0, dropping just one set in their quest for Rio gold. The U.S. women will face off against second-seeded Brazilians Agatha and Barbara in the semifinal round. 

On the other side of the bracket, top-seeded Brazilian duo Larissa and Talita will take on Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst. Larissa/Talita narrowly beat 17th-seeded Heidrich/Zumkehr of Switzerland 21-23, 27-25, 15-13 to advance to the semifinals. 

The men’s quarterfinal round will take place on Aug. 15 followed by the women’s semifinals on Aug. 16.

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