By Associated Press | Aug. 11, 2016, 6:02 p.m. (ET)
Phil Dalhausser (R) and Nick Lucena (L) compete against Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo of Italy at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on Aug. 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena are through to the knockout stage of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament after an extra long victory over Italy.

The Americans won 21-13, 21-17, 24-22 on Thursday night to finish unbeaten in group play. They'll wait for the drawing of lots to find out their opponent in the round of 16.

The third set in a beach volleyball match is supposed to be up to 15 -- but the team has to win by 2. The Italians fought off a half-dozen match points before the Americans nailed it down.

That left the United States with one men's and one women's team playing for a medal. April Ross and three-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings wrapped up pool play with a perfect record on Wednesday.

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