April Ross and Alix Klineman of the United States women’s beach volleyball team are two wins away from their first Olympic gold medals after defeating Germany in the quarterfinals on Tuesday in Japan.
The top women’s beach volleyball duo in the United States, also known as the “A-Team,” advanced to the semifinals of the Summer Games in Tokyo by defeating Margareta Kozuch and reigning Olympic gold medalist Laura Ludwig.
The Americans defeated the Germans in straight sets, 21-19, 21-19. Ross and Klineman will face Switzerland’s pair of Joana Heidrich and Anouk Verge-Depre in Thursday’s semifinal.
Ross, a silver medalist at the London Olympics in 2012, and Klineman, an Olympic first-timer, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over Cuba’s Lidianny Echevarria Benitez and Leila Martinez Ortega on Monday at Shiokaze Park.
The gold medal match is set to take place on Friday.
Ross and Klineman are the United States’ last hopes for a beach volleyball medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The United States has never been denied an Olympic medal in the sport.