WATCH LIVE: Beach volleyball begins on Copacabana Beach

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There’s a good chance that the beach volleyball venue will provide the most picturesque views of the 2016 Summer Olympics, as the venue has been built right on the sands of the famous Copacabana Beach. Action at Copacabana begins at 9:00 a.m., and it will be streamed on NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app.

Rio represents a new beginning of sorts for American beach volleyball great Kerri Walsh Jennings, who has won gold in three consecutive summer Olympics. Walsh Jennings, who had the same partner in each of those conquests in Misty May Treanor, has a new partner this time around in April Ross.

The Walsh Jennings/Ross duo begins its Rio Olympics in the final match of the night, as they take on Australia’s Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Nicole Laird. The match can be seen at approximately 11:00 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app. Also competing in women’s preliminary round play are the Brazilian tandem of Agatha and Barbara, who enter the Olympics ranked second in the world in FIVB’s world rankings.

On the men’s side the world top-ranked team, Brazil’s Alison and Bruno Schmidt, begins its Olympics at 10:00 a.m. against the Canadian duo of Josh Binstock and Samuel Schacter. Jacob Gibb and Corey Patterson of the United States play in the third men’s beach volleyball match of the day, as they face Jefferson and Cherif of Qatar at approximately 3:30 p.m. Below is the full schedule for Saturday’s matches at the beach volleyball venue.

Men’s Beach Volleyball

9:00 a.m.: Preliminary Match, Carambula/Rangheri (Italy) vs. Doppler/Horst (Austria) – WATCH LIVE
10:00 a.m.: Preliminary Match, Alison/Bruno Schmidt (Brazil) vs. Binstock/Schacter (Canada) – WATCH LIVE
3:30 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Gibb/Patterson (United States) vs. Jefferson/Cherif (Qatar) – WATCH LIVE
4:30 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Brouwer/Meeuwsen (Netherlands) vs. Liamin/Barsouk (Russia)- WATCH LIVE
8:00 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Losiak/Kantor (Poland) vs. Bockermann/Fluggen (Germany) – WATCH LIVE
9:00 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Herrera/Gavira (Spain) vs. Huber/Seidl (Astria) – WATCH LIVE

Women’s Beach Volleyball

11:00 a.m.: Preliminary Match, Bawden/Clancy (Australia) vs. Alfaro/C.Charles (Costa Rica) – WATCH LIVE
12:00 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Elsa/Liliana (Spain) vs. Gallay/Klug (Argentina) – WATCH LIVE
2:30 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Agatha/Barbara (Brazil) vs. Hermannova/Slukova (Czech Republic) – WATCH LIVE
5:30 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Meppelink/Van Iersel (Netherlands) vs. Pazo/Agudo (Venezuela) – WATCH LIVE
10:00 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Forrer/Verge-Depre (Switzerland) vs. Wang/Yue (China) – WATCH LIVE
11:00 p.m.: Preliminary Match, Walsh Jennings/Ross (United States) vs. Artacho Del Solar/Laird (Australia) – WATCH LIVE