The U.S. women's beach team of April Ross and Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings has advanced to the semifinals of the FIVB Stavanger Grand Slam in Norway while all four U.S. men's teams advanced from pool play on Friday.
Seeded No. 1, Ross and Walsh Jennings will play Slovakia's No. 19 Natalia Dubovcova and Dominika Nestarcova in Saturday's first semifinal.
The winner will play the winner of the second semi between Spain's No. 5 Liliana Fernández Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan and Netherlands' No. 11 Madelein Meppelink and Marleen Van Iersel.
"I am so excited about the semifinal. We do not care who we play; we know it will be tough. We played Slovakia last week in Germany and it was a tough match. We just want to keep playing well."
On Friday, Ross and Walsh Jennings won their second-round match over Switzerland's No. 30 Tanja Goricanec and Tanja Hüberli (21-16, 19-21, 15-10) and their third-round match over their U.S. teammates Emily Day and Summer Ross, seeded No. 13 (21-16, 21-14).
Dubovcova and Nestarcova reached their first ever FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour semi final.
Ross and Walsh remain on course to match their victory at the Moscow Grand Slam two weeks ago.
"We had a tough game earlier today, and I wanted to erase that and come out and play great for this huge game," Walsh said. "The quarterfinal is always a big match, because it buys you another day of life, so this was such a big match and I am so proud of how we played."
The United States' national team beat host Russia, 25-18, 25-19, 25-27, 19-25, 21-19, Friday in a FIVB World League contest in Kaliningrad.
Stanford grad Erik Shoji, who plays libero for the Americans (8-1), was credited with a match-high 16 digs and six excellent receptions.
The teams meet again on Saturday.