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Five For Friday: Beach Volleyball

By Paul D. Bowker | May 18, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Kerri Walsh Jennings and Nicole Branagh celebrate a point at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour on May 17, 2018 in Itapema, Brazil.

 

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Six U.S. teams, including four-time Olympic medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and 2008 Olympian Nicole Branagh, are in Itapema, Brazil, for a four-star FIVB World Tour tournament.

The men’s and women’s finals are scheduled for Saturday.

In addition to Walsh Jennings and Branagh, other U.S. teams in the women’s main draw are Summer Ross and Sara Hughes, Brittany Hochevar and Kelly Claes, and Emily Day and Betsi Flint.

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In Austin, Texas, 2016 Olympic teammates Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena are among the medal contenders in the AVP Austin Open. The tournament, which began Thursday at Krieg Fields, goes through Sunday.

Other Olympians in the men’s tournament include 2016 Olympian Casey Patterson playing with Stafford Slick, and two-time Olympian Sean Rosenthal teaming up with former NBA player Chase Budinger.

The women’s tournament includes two-time Olympic medalist April Ross teaming up with Alix Klineman, and 2016 Olympian Lauren Fendrick combining with Sarah Sponcil.

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