Ross, Klineman in Beach Volleyball Last 16 – NBC Los Angeles

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If you had a relaxing beach day in mind to wrap up the weekend, this isn’t it.

The stakes and intensity will be high when the Southern California team of April Ross and Alix Klineman carries an undefeated record into its Round of 16 win-or-go-home beach volleyball matchup against Cuba.

In more Day 10 action, Diamond Bar’s Alex Morgan and the U.S. women’s soccer team face Canada, more medals are at stake in track and field and the men’s water polo team tries to turn the tide.

Here are four storylines to watch on Day 10 of the Tokyo Olympics.

April Ross and Alix Klineman improved to 3-0 in pool play after the U.S. duo beat Sanne Keizer and Madeleine Meppelink of the Netherlands.

SoCal’s Ross and Klineman Open the Round of 16

Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman take an undefeated record into the elimination Round of 16 in beach volleyball. 

Three-time Olympian Ross, of Costa Mesa, and Klineman, of Manhattan beach will play Cuba Sunday at 5 p.m. Click here to watch live.

The U.S. women beat Spain 21-13, 21-16 on Tuesday morning for their second straight win after topping China in the opener. They closed out pool play with a win over the Netherlands.

Ross is a three-time Olympian who has already won silver and bronze. She paired with first-timer Klineman after parting ways with beach volleyball icon Kerri Walsh Jennings after they won bronze in Rio. 

The two have been playing together for three years and won silver at the 2019 World Championships.

The U.S. women’s soccer team will face off against Canada in the semifinals on Monday morning.

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team and Canada Meet in Semifinal

The quarterfinal thriller against the Dutch was a grueling instant classic and one to savor, but the job’s far from done for the United States women’s national soccer team.

After escaping with a nail-biting, penalty shootout win over the Netherlands on Friday, the USWNT will battle Canada at 1 a.m. PT on Monday for a spot in the gold medal game.

Megan Rapinoe drilled the clinching penalty kick for the Americans in Friday’s quarterfinal win. USWNT goalie Alyssa Naeher was clutch in net during the penalty shootout, while Samantha Mewis and Lynn Williams provided the scoring in regulation time.

Canada has won the bronze medal at the last two Olympics. The team has two draws and two wins so far in Tokyo, including a penalty shootout win of its own against Brazil in the quarterfinals on Friday. 

The U.S., meanwhile, failed to medal at the Olympics for the first time in 2016 and is looking to win its fifth ever gold medal.

Watch the game on USA Network, or stream live.

U.S. Men’s Water Polo Team Tries to Turn the Tide

The U.S. men’s water polo team will look to snap a two-game losing streak when it concludes group play at 7:30 p.m. PT Sunday against Greece.

After winning its first two matchups against Japan and South Africa, Team USA lost to Italy and Hungary by a combined four goals. Alex Bowen has scored multiple goals in each game so far for the Americans.

Greece, meanwhile, is looking to finish off an undefeated group play stage. Along with a draw against Italy, the Greeks have beaten Hungary, Japan and South Africa. 

The 2016 Olympics were the first time the U.S. men’s team failed to qualify for the quarterfinals, finishing ninth place after going 2-3-0 in group play. A loss on Sunday would give them the same record and put them in danger of advancing once again.

Players with Southern California connections on the team are Alex Wolf (Huntington Beach/UCLA ), Ben Hallock (Westlake Village), Hannes Daube (Long Beach/USC), Johnny Hooper (Los Angeles), Marko Vavic (Rancho Palos Verdes/USC) and Max Irving (Long Beach/UCLA).

Watch on CNBC, or stream live.

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Elaine Thompson-Herah and Sydney McLaughlin Return to the Track

Another action-packed day of Olympic track and field begins at 5 p.m. PT on Sunday.

The first session of the evening is highlighted by two finals: men’s long jump and women’s 100m hurdles.

Juvaughn Harrison is attempting the astonishing feat of competing in the high jump, where he is a medal favorite, and long jump in Tokyo. 

In the women’s 100m hurdles, Keni Harrison is looking for her first Olympic medal. She missed out on a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics and proceeded to break the women’s 100m hurdles world record just two weeks later with a time of 12.20. Team USA still swept the podium in Rio. Now, Harrison has a chance to win the U.S. its fourth gold medal in the event over the last five Olympics. 

The first session also features men’s hammer throw qualifying, Round 1 of the women’s 1500m and Round 1 of the women’s 200m. Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, fresh off setting an Olympic record in the women’s 100m, will begin her quest to defend her gold medal in the 200m.

The second session begins at 3 a.m. PT on Monday and features three finals: the women’s discus throw (4 a.m. PT), men’s 3000m steeplechase (5:15 a.m. PT) and women’s 5000m (5:40 a.m. PT). Valarie Allman will try to be the first American woman to medal in discus since 2008. Hillary Bor gives the U.S. its best chance at a medal in steeplechase, while Elise Cranny, Karissa Schweizer and Rachel Schneider will represent Team USA in the women’s 5000m.

The second session also includes action in the women’s pole vault, women’s 200m, men’s 400m and women’s 400m hurdles. World record holder Sydney McLaughlin and fellow American Dalilah Muhammad will be in separate women’s 400m semifinals ahead of a must-watch final late Monday night.

Watch the first session live in NBC’s primetime coverage, or stream. Watch the second session live on Peacock, or stream.

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