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Full volleyball schedule for Saturday, July 31st in the Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympics

We take a look at the full volleyball schedule on the slate for Saturday, July 31st at the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Jordan Larson, Foluke Akinradewo of United States celebrate winning match point during the Women’s Bronze Medal Match between Netherlands and the United States on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracanazinho on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images

There are two crucial matches for the women of USA Volleyball tonight, but a loss in either wouldn’t necessarily preclude the Americans from the gold medal either.

On the beach, while all four US teams have advanced to the Round of 16, Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil will want to keep the winning going against Brazilians Ana Patricia and Rebecca. The winner wins Pool D, and gets a slightly easier path to the medal rounds via facing

And the undefeated US women are back on the floor, this time against an ROC team to keep their hopes alive of the No. 1 seed in Pool B. Being the No. 1 is very helpful as the winning team will face the No. 4 team in Pool A, as No. 2 and No. 3 seeds are drawn at random for the “crossover” quarterfinal games. So yes, you might be the No. 2 seed facing the other pool’s No. 2 seed to prevent teams from tanking the the last matches of preliminary play to select a more favorable opponent.

If they USA can beat both the ROC and Italy, they’ll remove all doubt and lock up the crucial No. 1 seed.

Full Olympics Volleyball schedule for Saturday, July 31st

Beach

8:00 p.m. ET (Friday)
Women’s Preliminary - Pool D: Brazil vs. USA

9:00 p.m. ET (Friday)
Women’s Preliminary - Pool D: Latvia vs. Kenya

10:00 p.m. ET (Friday)
Men’s Preliminary - Pool F: Japan vs. Germany

2:00 a.m. ET (Saturday)
Men’s Preliminary - Pool B: Latvia vs. Mexico

3:00 a.m. ET (Saturday)
Men’s Preliminary - Pool B: ROC vs. Czech Republic

Rest of schedule TBD

Indoor

8:00 p.m. ET (Friday)
Women's Preliminary Round - Pool A: Domincan Republic vs. Kenya

10:05 p.m. ET (Friday)
Women’s Preliminary Round - Pool B: USA vs. ROC

1:20 a.m. ET (Saturday)
Women’s Preliminary Round - Pool B: Argentina vs. Turkey

3:25 a.m. ET (Saturday)
Women’s Preliminary Round - Pool A: Serbia vs. Brazil

6:40 a.m. ET (Saturday)
Women’s Preliminary Round - Pool A: Japan vs. Republic of Korea

8:45 a.m. ET (Saturday)
Women’s Preliminary Round - Pool B: China vs. Italy