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Rio Olympics: USA’s No. 2 women’s beach volleyball team eliminated

The Unites States' Brooke Sweat, left, watches her

The Unites States' Brooke Sweat, left, watches her teammate Lauren Fendrick, right, reaching for a ball during a women's beach volleyball match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Credit: AP / Petr David Josek

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.

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