Beach volleyball players Katja Stam and Raïsa Schoon must win the last group match at the Olympic tournament in Tokyo to avoid early elimination.

The two also lost their second group match against the Swiss duo Joana Heidrich-Anouk Verge-Depre on Monday.

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The Dutch couple, who will make their debut at these Games in Tokyo, got off to a good start in the Shiokaze Park and even got five set points in the first set.

Stam and Schoon, however, gave up the generous lead completely and saw Heidrich and Verge-Depre take the point 20-22.

Nineteen-year-old Schoon and three-year-older Stam did recover in the second company, but again the Swiss turned out to be a size too big.

Heidrich and Verge-Depre won 21-18 and gave Schoon en Stam their second loss at these Games.

Stam and Schoon lost their first group match on Saturday to the German couple Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan, who are reigning world champions.

The Dutch duo is currently in last place in group A and has to beat the German couple Julia Sude-Karla Borger in the last group match in order not to be eliminated in Tokyo.

In addition to Stam and Schoon, Sanne Keizer and Madelein Meppelink are also active in the women's beach volleyball tournament in Tokyo.

Keizer and Meppelink lost on Sunday to the Spanish duo Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Bacuerizo McMillan.

The numbers one and two qualify directly for the eighth finals, while the two best numbers three also make it to the last sixteen.

The next four numbers three compete for the remaining two tickets.

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