Gibb, Rosenthal Bow Out of Beijing

Aug. 18, 2008, 3:08 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

BEIJING (Aug. 19, 2008) – The U.S. beach volleyball team of Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) saw its Olympic run come to an end Monday as it fell to the defending gold medalists, Brazil’s Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos, 21-18, 21-16, at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground.

Gibb and Rosenthal, seeded seventh, finish the tournament with a 4-1 record. Third-seeded Ricardo and Emanuel advance to the semifinals where they will play their Brazilian teammates, Marcio Araujo and Fábio Luiz Magalhães, ranked fourth, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday (Aug. 20).

The U.S. team of Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.), ranked second, will play Georgia’s Renato "Geor" Gomes and Jorge "Gia" Terceiro, ranked 15th, in the other semifinal at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

The men’s bronze-medal match will be played at 9 a.m. on Friday with the gold-medal match scheduled to follow at 11 a.m.

Although Gibb and Rosenthal won’t be playing in the medal round, they felt good about their performance in Beijing.

“Sean and I are going to take positives away from this,” Gibb said. “Ricardo and Emanuel showed why they are Olympic champions. They played great volleyball.”

Gibb and Rosenthal finished the match with 24 kills, as opposed to 29 for Ricardo and Emanuel. Brazil had six blocks as opposed to three for the United States, and Brazil out-dug the U.S. Men, 12-6.

“I felt like we were playing well. I felt we were strong and could take away the lead at any time,” Gibb said. “They stayed strong, too.”

The match was marked by long rallies that were filled with plays one thought might score the point, only to have the ball dug or blocked by the other team.

The U.S. men were ahead 7-5 in the first set when Brazil made its move. A Ricardo kill made it 7-6 and the score was tied when the U.S. was called for a double hit. Another Brazil kill gave it the 8-7 lead.

Although the U.S. team would tie the score, it would never hold the lead again in the set. It came close when it trailed 18-17, but Ricardo opened the gap with a kill to make it 19-17. He followed with a block to reach set point. Emanuel’s served went out of bounds to make it 20-28, but his final block won the set for Brazil.

The second set was tied at 12-12 when yet another Ricardo kill put Brazil ahead and sparked a 5-1 run that put Brazil up 16-13. Gibb and Rosenthal were never able to mount a comeback.

Schedule and Results

Pool play
Aug. 10: Gibb/Rosenthal USA [7] def. Boersma E./Ronnes NED [18], 2-0 (21-16, 21-15) 0:37
Aug. 12: Gibb/Rosenthal [7] def. Brink/Dieckmann GER [6], 2-0 (21-15, 21-13)
Aug. 14: Gibb/Rosenthal USA [7] def. Asahi/Shiratori JPN [19], 2-1 (21-15, 19-21, 18-16) 0:57

Round of 16
Aug. 16: Gibb/Rosenthal USA [7] def. Herrera-Mesa ESP [12] 2-0 (26-24, 21-17) 0:53

Aug. 18: Ricardo/Emanuel BRA [3] def. Gibb/Rosenthal [7] 2-0 (26-24, 21-17)