The United States’ women’s beach volleyball team of April Ross and Alix Klineman will compete for the gold medal at the Summer Games in Tokyo after defeating Switzerland in straight sets in the semifinals on Wednesday.
To reach the final, the American duo defeated Switzerland’s Anouk Verge-Depre and Joana Heidrich. Ross and Klineman won the first set 21-12 and the second set 21-11 over the Swiss duo.
“We have an amazing crew and we spent a lot of time scouting. They got us prepared,” Ross said after the win. “Huge props to [Switzerland]. … We were just fired up.”
Ross and Klineman will play the winner of the Australia-Latvia match in the final. The gold medal match is set for Thursday at 10:30 p.m. EDT.
“We’re going to be around the clock to recover and prepare,” Klineman said of the gold medal match.
The American duo, also known as the “A-Team,” defeated Cuba 2-0 earlier this week to advance to the quarterfinals against Germany at Shiokaze Park. Ross and Klineman defeated the Germans in straight sets on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals.
Ross, who won silver in London in 2012 and bronze in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, is looking for her first gold medal at the Olympics. For the first time in her career, Klineman is competing at the Olympic level.