By Paul D. Bowker | June 29, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Nicole Branagh competes at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour on May 17, 2018 in Itapema, Brazil.


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Four U.S. women’s teams, including three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and 2008 Olympian Nicole Branagh, and two men’s teams are in the main draw of this week’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour four-star tournament in Warsaw, Poland.

The medal rounds are scheduled for Sunday.

In addition to Walsh Jennings and Branagh, U.S. women’s teams consist of Sara Hughes and Summer Ross, Kelly Claes and Brittany Hochevar, and Emily Day and Betsi Flint. Day and Flint made it through the qualifying round to advance to the main draw.

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The season for Claes and Hochevar has included a silver medal at the Xiamen Open in China.

Casey Patterson, a 2016 Olympian, is teaming up with Stafford Slick in the men’s main draw, and three-time Olympian Jake Gibb is playing with Trevor Crabb.

Crabb won a gold medal in a three-star tournament earlier this season in Lucerne, Switzerland, playing with John Mayer.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.