The Americans wound up in opposite sides of the beach volleyball playoff brackets in a draw completed Thursday night - meaning the U.S. teams wouldn't meet until the gold-medal game.
Defending Olympic champions Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser will play Italy in their first playoff game on Friday night. The other U.S. men's team of Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal will meet the Russians in the round of 16 on Saturday night.
On the women's side, Beijing gold medalists Kerry Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor will meet Marleen van Irsel and Sanne Keizer in their knockout round opener on Saturday morning. Jennifer Kessy and April Ross drew the Swiss team of Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr for the round of 16 on Friday afternoon.
All four American teams finished the preliminary round atop their pools, with Rogers and Dalhausser beating the Czech Republic in their round-robin finale on Thursday night. All four Brazilian teams also won their pools, setting up a potential collision between ...