2018-10-12 10:00:00 CEST

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Beach Shorts: The week in the sands of the world

American star Kerri Walsh Jennings will pair with Brooke Sweat as she aims for the Tokyo 2020 OlympicsAmerican star Kerri Walsh Jennings will pair with Brooke Sweat as she aims for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

How did your week go, beach volleyball fan? Ours has been great! And it just gets better as we get to the weekend, but before you do that, make sure you are updated on all that’s happening in the beach volleyball world. There’s a new (ish) team announcement, World Tour in China (again) and funny stuff from Emily Day and Betsi Flit (again!).

Have fun!

Kerri and Brooke together for Olympic run

You saw here a month ago that Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat would play the four-star event in Las Vegas next week and then make a decision about sticking together. Well, the Americans are already convinced they want to make a run to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as a team and they confirmed it to their fans a couple of days ago. Good luck to the new team! Looking forward to see you guys in the Beach Major Series!

My new teammate, @kerrileewalsh! She's aight 😏 #roadtoTokyo

2,876 Likes, 209 Comments - Brooke Youngquist Sweat (@brookesweat) on Instagram: "My new teammate, @kerrileewalsh! She's aight 😏 #roadtoTokyo"

Yangzhou hosts beach volleyball elite

The World Tour is still exploring China this week with a double-gender four-star tournament taking place in Yangzhou, a city that hosts the event for the first time. With Olympic qualification points in play, some of the top teams in the world, including Brazil’s Barbara Seixas/Fernanda Berti, USA’s April Ross/Alix Klineman, Russia’s Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Qatar’s Cherif Samba/Ahmed Tijan are in contention on Chinese soil.

Russians Krasilnikov and Stoyanovskiy started off their partnership with two victories in China (Photocredit: FIVB)Russians Krasilnikov and Stoyanovskiy started off their partnership with two victories in China (Photocredit: FIVB)

European Continental Cup with record countries

One of the forms of qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the Continental Cup, is receiving massive interest from countries as the European version of the tournament, which will start in June 19, has a record 42 nations entered to compete, including debuting teams from Armenia, Georgia, Kosovo and Moldova. Besides of the starting phase, there will be a second stage in May 2020 and the Finals, one month later.

Women from the Netherlands and men from Austria qualified to the Rio 2016 Olympics via the European Continental Cup (Photocredit: FIVB)Women from the Netherlands and men from Austria qualified to the Rio 2016 Olympics via the European Continental Cup (Photocredit: FIVB)

Social Media: And they are back!

Americans Emily Day and Betsi Flint made it to our social media post for the second week running! Or should we say Emily Day and Brazilian Maria Clara Salgado? Well, see what happened when Day and Flint were playing Maria and Elize Maia Secomandi last week in Qinzhou and make your choice. Hint: keep your sound on.

#MondayMishaps #SoundON When your partner starts cheering for the other team 🤦🏽‍♀️ 😂 In her defense, they are great friends, and she has played in tournaments with Maria before! But let's hope Em can remember my name this tournament! 😉 #awkward #letsgomaria #makesupforit #letsgobetsi #haha #beachvolleyballvideos #goodstuff @emday6 @mariaclarasalgado @usavbeach @fivbbeachvolleyball @usavolleyball

388 Likes, 25 Comments - Betsi Flint (@betsiflint) on Instagram: "#MondayMishaps #SoundON When your partner starts cheering for the other team 🤦🏽‍♀️ 😂 In her..."

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See you next week, folks!

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