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Olympic beach volleyball: April Ross, Alix Klineman improve to 2-0

TOKYO — The American beach volleyball “A-Team” of April Ross and Alix Klineman have guaranteed themselves at least a fourth match at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Southern California-based duo defeated longtime partners Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan of Spain, 21-13, 21-16, on Tuesday morning (Monday PT) for their second straight win. With one more match in the preliminaries left, they can do no worse than a three-way tie for first, which would be broken during a “lucky loser” matchup after the round-robin.

Ross, a three-time Olympian from Newport Harbor High and USC who has already won silver (2012) and bronze (2016) medals, and first-timer Klineman (Mira Costa High) will play the Dutch team of Sanne Keizer and Madelein Meppelink on Friday.

Ross and Klineman scored a 21-17, 21-19 win over the Chinese pair of Chen Xue and Xinxin Wang in their Olympic opener on Sunday.

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