Day 2: Beach volleyball preview

Day 2: Beach volleyball preview

Larissa/Talita (BRA) vs. Ukolova/Birlova (RUS)
9:00 a.m. ET
Top-seeded Brazilians Larissa and Talita will be among the first to take to the sands on Day 2 of the Rio Olympic Games. They’ll face off against Russia’s Evgenia Ukolova and Ekaterina Birlova.

Fendrick/Sweat (USA) vs. Kolosinska/Brzostek (POL)
10:00 a.m. ET
U.S. beach volleyball duo Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat will make their Olympic debuts as they battle in the sand against Poland’s Kinga Kolosinska and Monika Brzostek. For Fendrick, the Olympic Games have been a long time coming — she just narrowly missed qualifying for the London Games with then-partner Brooke Niles.

Nicolai/Lupo (ITA) vs. Virgen/Ontiveros (MEX)
11:00 a.m. ET
Italian duo Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo are returning for their second Olympic Games. The pair, who placed fifth in 2012, upset top-seeded defending gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers in the Round of 16. Mexico’s Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros are making their Olympic debuts together in Rio. Their appearance marks the first time the Mexican men have qualified a team for the Olympic beach volleyball tournament in sixteen years.

Nummerdor/Varenhorst (NED) vs. Grimalt M./Grimalt E. (CHI)
12:00 p.m. ET
Fifth-seeded Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst (NED) take on Chilean cousins Marco and Esteban Grimalt. Nummerdor is the only player in the match with the Olympic experience (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012).

Pavan/Bansley (CAN) vs. van Gestel/van der Vlist (NED)
2:30 p.m. ET
Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley will make their Olympic debut in Rio as they play against Sophie van Gestel and Jantine van der Vlist of the Netherlands. Heather Bansley fell just one match short of qualifying for the 2012 London Games through Canadian qualifiers. Bansley, disappointed to see that her compatriots were unable to make it out of pool, was determined to make her Olympic debut at the Rio Games.

Lucena/Dalhausser (USA) vs. Naceur. Ma/Belhaj. C (TUN)
3:30 p.m. ET
Team USA’s Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser make their first Olympic appearance together at the Rio Games. Dalhausser, a two-time Olympian and Beijing gold medalist, joined forces with Nick Lucena in 2015. The pair began their professional careers in 2003 but split at the end of the 2005 season. Ten years later, they enter the tournament as the third seed.

Pedro Solberg/Evandro (BRA) vs. Diaz/Gonzalez
4:30 p.m. ET
The fourth and final Brazilian team of Pedro Solberg and Evandro Goncalves will play their first preliminary match against Nivaldo Diaz and Sergio Gonzalez of Cuba. The Brazilians are popular among local fans as they live and train near the Olympic venue.

Ludwig/Walkenhorst (GER) vs. Elghobashy/Nada (EGY)
5:30 p.m. ET
Fourth-seeded Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst play Egypt in their first match of the Rio Games. Ludwig made her Olympic debut at the London Games alongside then-partner Sara Goller. The duo placed fifth at the 2012 Games.

Borger/Buthe (GER) vs. Heidrich/Zumkehr (SUI)
8:00 p.m. ET
Germany’s Karla Borger and Britta Buthe make their Olympic debuts in Rio. The team boast a silver medal from the 2013 FIVB World Championships. The pair first began playing together in youth tournaments in 2008. They’ll play Switzerland’s Joana Heidrich and Nadine Zumkehr, who is competing in her second Olympic Games.

Menegatti/Giombini (ITA) vs. Broder/Valjas (CAN)
9:00 p.m. ET
Italian duo Marta Menegatti and Laura Giombini will face an uphill battle on their quest for Olympic gold. Menegatti faced a major setback last week when her partner, Viktoria Orsi-Toth tested positive for the banned substance. Laura Giombini stepped in as a last minute replacement. They’ll play Canada’s Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas.

Semenov/Krasilnikov (RUS) vs. Fijalek/Prudel (POL)
10:00 p.m. ET
Russians Konstantin Semeov and Vyacheslev Krasilnikov make their first Olympic appearance as teammates. Semenov makes Olympic debut while Krasilnikov is returning from the London Games. They play Poland’s Fijalek/Prudel in their first match of preliminary play.

Samoilovs/Smedins J. (LAT) vs. Schalk/Saxton (CAN)
11:00 p.m. ET
Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins will wrap up the action on Day 2 of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament. Smedins boasts a bronze medal from the London Games with then-partner Martins Plavins while Samoilovs has two Olympic appearances under his belt. Canada’s Schalk/Saxton will make their Olympic debut in this Rio midnight match.

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