The No. 2 U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Brooke Sweat and Lauren Fendrick have been eliminated from the Olympics.
The Americans lost to Russia’s Ekaterina Birlova and Evgenia Ukolova in three sets: 21-18, 26-24, 15-13.
Fendrick and Sweat are first-time Olympians.
The top U.S. women’s team of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross has already advanced to the knockout round with a 3-0 record in pool play. The No. 2 men’s team was eliminated after going 1-2 and losing the playoff tiebreaker.
The top men’s team of 2008 gold medalist Phil Dalhausser and his partner, Nick Lucena, were 2-0 heading into their final match on Thursday night.