Team USA’s April Ross and Alix Klineman go for the gold on Thursday night when they meet Australia’s Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar in the women’s beach volleyball gold medal match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ross has already won two medals when she was paired with another teammate at the previous two Olympics, but not gold. Ross and Klineman advanced with a 21-12, 21-11 victory over Switzerland’s Anouk Verge-Depre and Joana Heidrich in the semifinals. Clancy and Artacho del Solar defeated Latvia’s Anastasija Kravcenoka and Tina Graudina 23-21, 21-13.
First serve is set for 9:30 p.m. ET. Klineman and Ross are listed as the -187 (risk $187 to win $100) favorite in the latest 2020 Tokyo Olympic women’s beach volleyball odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Clancy and Artacho del Solar are the +138 underdogs. Before you make any 2020 Olympics bets or Tokyo 2020 predictions, make sure you check out what SportsLine Olympics expert, Mike Tierney, has to say.
A national sportswriter whose work appears in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has covered nine Olympic Games in person. For Rio in 2016, Tierney profited big-time. He told readers to bet Over on Team USA’s gold-medal count (41.5) and Over on Team USA’s overall medal count (102.5). The result? 46 golds, 121 medals and two easy cashes.
And for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Tierney hit two of his three predictions: Germany (+200) to win the most gold medals and the United States winning Under 10.5 gold medals (+110).
Now, Tierney has analyzed Thursday night’s women’s beach volleyball final from every angle to help bettors cash in at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. You can only see Tierney’s expert Olympic Beach Volleyball picks at SportsLine.
Why you should back Ross and Klineman
Ross is looking for her third medal in Olympic competition. She won a silver medal when paired with Jennifer Kessy at the London Summer Games in 2012, and took bronze with Kerri Walsh at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games. Since being paired with Klineman at the end of 2017, the two have been on a roll. They took silver at the 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. In July 2020, they teamed up to win the Association of Volleyball Professionals Hydro Cup as well as the Wilson Cup. In August 2020, they took first at the AVP Champions Cup.
At 6-foot-5, Klineman is an imposing presence at the net. At Stanford, she was named the 2010 Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year as a senior. In 2017, Klineman left indoor volleyball and took on beach volleyball full-time, and was named the AVP Rookie of the Year. At the end of that season, she paired with Ross, and the two have been going strong ever since.
Why you should back Clancy and Artacho del Solar
Like Ross and Klineman, the Australians also have Olympic experience, also with other partners. Clancy and Artacho del Solar have been teammates since 2018, and have been competing on the FIVB World Tour. The pair have won bronze in Xiamen, China, and gold in the Asian Beach Volleyball Championships at Maoming. At the 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, they took bronze.
They entered the Olympics ranked fifth, according to the Women’s FIVB World Rankings. The two have been impressive at the Summer Games, and earlier this week stunned the No. 1 team from Canada in the quarterfinals. In the match against Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes, Clancy and Artacho del Solar posted a 21-15, 19-21, 15-12 triumph. They have dropped just two games in the tournament.
How to make 2020 Tokyo Olympics women’s beach volleyball picks
Tierney has broken down this matchup and has isolated a critical x-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the money line. Head to SportsLine now to see Tierney’s 2020 Olympics beach volleyball picks.
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