Jake Gibb celebrates

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 5, 2021) – The FIVB announced the pools for the beach volleyball tournament at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Monday. All 24 men’s teams and 24 women’s teams learned their pool play opponents, including the four U.S. pairs.

The pools involving American duos are as follows:


Pool B

Athletes (Country; World Ranking; Olympic Ranking)

  • Alix Klineman/April Ross (USA; 3rd; 2nd)
  • Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink (NED; 14th; 13th)
  • Liliana Fernandez Steiner/Elsa Baquerizo McMillan (ESP; 18th; 20th)
  • Xue Chen/Wang Xinxin (CHN; 26th; 31st)

Pool D

  • Ana Patricia Ramos/Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbosa Silva (BRA; 8th; 4th)
  • Kelly Claes/Sarah Sponcil (USA; 4th; 6th)
  • Anastasija Kravcenoka/Tina Graudina (LAT; 19th; 21st)
  • Gaudencia Makokha/Brackcides Khadambi (KEN; 99th; NR)


Pool C

  • Cherif Younousse Samba/Ahmed Tijan Janko (QAT; 3rd; 3rd)
  • Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb (USA; 5th; 11th)
  • Adrian Ignacio Carambula Raurich/Enrico Rossi (ITA; 18th; 18th)
  • Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson (SUI; 19th; 23rd)

Pool D

  • Alison Conte Cerutti/Alvaro Magliano de Morais Filho (BRA; 2nd; 4th)
  • Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen (NED; 6th; 6th)
  • Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena (USA; 8th; 12th)
  • Julian Amado Azaad/Nicolas Capogrosso (ARG; 37th; 53rd)

The Olympic beach volleyball schedule has not yet been finalized, but pool play will run from July 24-July 31, and knockout matches begin August 1. The women’s medal matches will be played Friday, August 6, and the men’s on Saturday, August 7.

View all the Olympic beach volleyball pools.