In beach volleyball at the Olympics, it was American Ross who earned her third consecutive gold medal.
Brazil Women’s Beach Volleyball Olympic Team Rebecca
In the women’s beach volleyball tournament, April Ross of the United States, who won silver at the London Games and bronze in Rio, and her partner Alix Klineman advanced to the semifinals on Tuesday by defeating Germany.
U.S. dominance was highlighted, as the country is tied with Brazil for most medals in the sport since its Olympic debut in Atlanta in 1996.
On Tuesday, Ross was instrumental in the victory over the Rio gold medalist Laura Ludwig and her German partner Margareta Kozuch, sweeping them 21-19, 21-19 in a match that lasted an exhausting 44 minutes.
Ross got most of the attack points while showcasing receiving tactics, or digs, while periodic rain reduced the burning heat. 1.95-meter tall Klineman grabbed three block points in the match.
Those Germans are Incredibly Formidable.
I think it was more simply believing in ourselves as a unit and in the work that we’d put in to get ready for this. We have faith in each other, “Ross said to the press.
“Simply put, we enter each game with the same mindset as the last… Every competition requires more effort on our part, and the bar keeps rising “She continued.
The United States has won ten Olympic medals since 1996, including six golds, in the sport. Brazil has brought home three golds and 10 total medals.
But things are Changing, with 2016 Silver Medalists Brazil being ousted on Tuesday.
Swiss pair Anouk Verge-Depre and Joana Heidrich defeated Brazil’s Ana Patricia Silva Ramos and Rebecca Silva, 21-19, 18-21, 15-12. They will now play the United States in the semi-finals.
Agatha Bednarczuk and her partner Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa, silver medalists at Rio, dropped their match after losing to Germany’s Ludwig and Kozuch in the previous round.
On Thursday, Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka of Latvia will take on Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy of Australia in the semis after they defeated Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson of Canada 21-13, 18-21, 15-11.