Kelly Claes, 25, and Sarah Sponcil, 24 — the youngest U.S. beach volleyball pair ever — dominated the Kenyan duo Gaudencia Makokha and Brackcides Khadambi in their second preliminary victory, 21-8, 21-6.
The Americans were on fire out of the gate, up 14-4 in the first before a timeout was called. At that point, Claes and Sponcil had scored 8 of the last 9 points. Team USA finished out the first set 21-8.
Set 2 was more of the same: Claes and Sponcil held a ten-point lead by 15-5, and closed out the match 21-6. The match lasted just under half an hour; in that time, Sponcil hit five aces.
Claes and Sponcil, in Pool D, previously won their opening match in three sets.