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FutureStarrWomen Beach Volleyball
Every month, I receive a message in my inbox: “Hey Sam, just wanted to say thanks for the article. Noticed you’ve been working with Volleyball articles more often lately. Looking forward to your next piece on the Women's Beach Volleyball World Championship”.
April Ross and Alix Klineman of the United States will take on Australia's Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar in the gold medal match on Friday 6 August, and it promises to be electric.
U.S. beach volleyball pair April Ross (left) and Alix Klineman celebrate winning a women's beach volleyball gold medal in a match against Australia at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption (Source: www.npr.org)U.S. Women Take Olympic Gold In Beach Volleyball : Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics Historically, U.S. women have been incredibly dominant in beach volleyball at the Olympics. April Ross and Alix Klineman handily beat a duo from Australia to win gold in Tokyo. (Source:www.npr.org))
Alix Klineman, a Manhattan Beach native and highly-regarded indoor player, started slow on the beach. In her rookie season in 2017, she battled through qualifiers and earned mid-level finishes with a variety of partners. She improved lightning fast, though, ending the second half of the season with a 2nd and 3rd place. While Alix was steadily improving, her friend April noticed. The two had been friends for years, both a part of the same crowd of friends. April, after considering many options, took a chance on her friend Alix. April and coach Jen Kessy saw the raw potential in Alix. Her threshold was so high (literally), and she’d only scratched the surface of her beach skills. (Source: avp.com)
Australia meanwhile faced a much more spirited Latvia in their semi-final meet. Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka made an account for themselves to push Clancy and Artacho del Solar all the way in the first set (23-21). (Source: olympics.com
Ross, 39, has a silver medal from the 2012 London Games and a bronze from 2016 at the Rio de Janeiro Games. The victory today completes her medal set. (Source: www.npr.org)olympics.com))The final is set for Friday 6 August beginning at 10:00 JST, which is 18:00 in Ross' and Klineman's native California and 11:00 in Queensland, Australia. (Source: