As we approach the 2020 Olympic Games, the summer sun is getting hotter, and the sand is being laid down in Shiokaze Park’s temporary stadium ready for the beach volleyball tournament.
With the players solidified and the pools announced, the competition is fierce, which means a lot of great matches lined up. If you can’t watch all of them, then here are a few that you don’t want to miss!
Women’s Beach Volleyball Competition
Check out all the women’s beach volleyball matches via our tournament schedule.
Pavan/Humana-Paredes (CAN) vs. Klineman/Ross (USA)
Though these players aren’t in the same pool, they could well meet each other in the later stages and its a match up worthy of the final! Pavan and Melissa sit at the top of the FIVB beach volleyball leaderboard in the No. 1 spot, but Alix and April aren’t far behind them. Alix and April won against the Canadians in the women’s round of 24 in Sochi at the 2021 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, a 4-star beach tournament, as well as securing another win over them in Doha.
So even though Pavan and Melissa are ranked higher in the world rankings, the USA duo has a great chance at securing another win over them in this year’s Olympics. But it will not be easy, with Pavan’s long history in volleyball and her ability to read the ball so well. Another thing both teams have going for them is Olympic experience with Pavan and April playing in previous Olympic Games, which is going to be helpful when matches, along with the pressure, get more intense. But both teams are so good that no matter the outcome, it’s going to be a fight and a close match.
Bansley/Wilkerson (CAN) vs. Wang/X.Y. Xia (CHN)
July 24 @ 20:00 JST / 11:00 GMT
These two teams are in the same pool, Pool B, and will play each other early in the competition, so you won’t have to wait around for this intense matchup. Wang and X.Y. Xia are in the No. 9 spot in the FIVB world beach rankings, which is higher than the Canadians who are in the No. 16 spot. This isn’t Wang’s first Olympics after playing in the 2016 Rio Olympics, so she will know how to play on the international stage.
Though this Canadian duo is standing behind the No. 1 Candian team of Pavan and Melissa, they are not ones to sleep on. Bansley made it to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympic Games with Pavan as her partner, losing to the…
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