Tokyo 2020: Daily Pac-12 guide to the Olympic Games (August 5)
The Pac-12 stars of Team USA beach volleyball, April Ross (USC) and Alix Klineman (STANFORD), advanced to the gold medal match after their dominating 2-0 win over Switzerland. The win gives the duo their first chance at a gold medal.
“It was amazing,” Klineman said to reporters. “We were expecting a battle. They've been really hot this tournament, and they're a super physical and aggressive team. We wanted to impose our game on them, and I think we did that at the start and that worked in our favor.”
Ross was impressed with Klineman’s blocking during the match.
“Alix really took over with her blocking and that was a huge key to our game plan,” Ross told reporters afterward. “She really got in their face and affected them a lot.”
Ross has won silver and bronze medals in her last two Olympics. For Klineman, who switched from indoor to play beach volleyball, this is her first Olympics.
» The U.S. women’s water polo team is looking to win its third straight Olympic gold medal after a 15-11 comeback victory against ROC in the semifinals. The U.S team features Rachel Fattal (UCLA), Makenzie Fischer (STANFORD), Aria Fischer (STANFORD), Kaleigh Gilchrist (USC), Stephania Haralabidis (USC), Paige Hauschild (USC), Amanda Longan (USC), Maddie Musselman (UCLA), Jamie Neushul (STANFORD), Melissa Seidemann (STANFORD), Maggie Steffens (STANFORD) and Alys Williams (UCLA).
» Spain also advanced to the women’s water polo gold medal match to face Team USA after defeating Hungary. Anni Espar (USC) scored three goals.
» The U.S. men’s basketball team overcame a 15-point deficit to defeat Australia 97-78. Team USA’s Jrue Holiday (UCLA) had 11 points and Team Australia’s Matisse Thybulle (WASHINGTON) had six points and two assists. Against France, Team USA will go for its fourth straight gold.
» Nathaniel Coleman (UTAH) earned silver in sport climbing, which debuted in this year’s games for the first time.
» Delaney Schnell (ARIZONA) placed fifth in the 10-meter platform final. This was her first Olympic games.
Looking Ahead: Ross and Klineman will face Australia today for the gold medal at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Quote of the Day: “It’s been unbelievable. That's why I'm crying now, because it's really just been an incredible journey. I couldn't be more happy with it.” – Delaney Schnell (ARIZONA) on her Olympic experience
Talia Massi is a journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a collaboration between the Pac-12 Conference and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
UPCOMING MEDAL OPPORTUNITIES
Thursday, August 5
Beach Volleyball (W): Latvia vs. Switzerland - 6 p.m. PT (**Bronze Medal**)
- Latvia: Tina Graudina (USC)
Beach Volleyball (W): United States vs. Australia - 7:30 p.m. PT (**Gold Medal**)
- USA: Alix Klineman (STAN), April Ross (USC)
Friday, August 6
Track & Field: Women's Javelin Throw Final - 4:50 a.m. PT
- Australia: Mackenzie Little (STAN)
Track & Field: Men's 5,000m Final - 5 a.m. PT
- USA: Grant Fisher (STAN)
Soccer: Canada vs. Sweden - 5 a.m. PT (**Gold Medal**)
- Canada: Jessie Fleming (UCLA)
Track & Field: Women's 400m Final - 5:35 a.m. PT
- USA: Allyson Felix (USC)
Track & Field: Women's 1,500m Final - 5:50 a.m. PT
- Australia: Jessica Hull (ORE)
Track & Field: Women's 4x100m Relay Final - 6:30 a.m. PT
- USA: English Gardner (ORE)
Track & Field: Men's 4x100m Relay Final - 6:50 a.m. PT
- Canada: Aaron Brown (USC), Andre De Grasse (USC)