Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil won the J&T Banka Ostrava Beach Open Sunday for their second consecutive FIVB Beach World Tour gold medal. The tournament also marked the end of Olympic qualification.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 10, 2021) – USA Volleyball is excited to announce the four beach volleyball pairs it has nominated to represent the United States at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, pending approval from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.
- Alix Klineman/April Ross
- Kelly Claes/Sarah Sponcil
- Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb
- Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena
All four duos earned an Olympic berth by finishing among the top 15 of their gender’s FIVB Olympic Provisional Rankings. Klineman/Ross finished second in the women’s rankings and Claes/Sponcil sixth. Crabb/Gibb finished 11th in the men’s rankings and Dalhausser/Lucena 12th.
Four players have previous Olympic experience. Dalhausser has competed in each Games since Beijing 2008, when he won gold with then-partner Todd Rogers. Ross and Gibb both competed in London 2012 and Rio 2016; Ross won silver in London and bronze in Rio. Lucena competed in Rio 2016 with Dalhausser. They are the only pairing who has played in an Olympic Games with their current partner.
Claes, Crabb, Klineman and Sponcil will each make their Olympic debut.
The Olympic beach volleyball tournament will run July 24-Aug. 7 at Shiokaze Park, located alongside Tokyo Bay. Women’s medal matches will take place Friday, Aug. 6, and men’s medal matches Saturday, Aug. 7.
USA Volleyball beach teams have won at least one medal in every Olympic Games since the sport debuted in 1996.
All nominations are subject to United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee approval.
U.S. Beach Volleyball Roster for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Kelly Claes (6-2, Placentia, Calif.)
Alix Klineman (6-5, Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
April Ross (6-1, Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Sarah Sponcil (5-10, Phoenix, Ariz.)
Taylor Crabb (6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Phil Dalhausser (6-9, Ormond Beach, Fla.)
Jake Gibb (6-7, Bountiful, Utah)
Nick Lucena (6-1, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)