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Olympics: US beat Kenya in women's beach volleyball

VOLLEYBALL AND HANDBALL By Odero Charles | July 29th 2021
Beach volleyball duo Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil move to 2-0 in pool play after defeating Kenya's Gaudencia Makokha and Brackcides Khadambi [photo courtesy]

Team USA beach volleyball players Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil on Thursday morning defeated Kenyan duo Gaudencia Makokha and Brackcides Khadambi  in women’s beach volleyball after winning the first two sets of the match.

Claes and Sponcil beat Makokha and Khadambi in straight sets, winning the first frame 21-8 and the second 21-6 to improve to 2-0 and almost certainly clinch a spot in the knockout round of 16.

The match was the fastest since the international volleyball federation adopted the rally scoring and best-of-three sets format in 2002.

The defeat comes two days after Kenya lost in straight sets to Brazil (15-21, 09-21) in their first game.

Kenya have another match against Latvia on Saturday.

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