It wasn’t the smoothest of starts for North American beach volleyball teams at the Volleyball World Hamburg Elite16. Neither representatives of the United States — Zana Muno and Lauren Fendrick — and Canada — Sam Schachter and Dan Dearing — made it out of Wednesday’s qualifier.


It hasn’t just been smooth. It’s been perfect.

On Friday, Sophie Bukovec and Brandie Wilkerson of Canada and Betsi Flint and Kelly Cheng of the USA completed their sweeps of pool play, both teams finishing 3-0 and earning a spot in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

“We are stoked,” Flint said after a 21-10, 22-20 win over the Netherlands’ Katja Stam and Raisa Schoon. “We had some ebbs and flows throughout pool but happy we stayed connected and played together in every match. We proved to ourselves we don’t have to feel or be at our best to come out on top.”

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