Olympic Mens Beach Volleyball Preview for Aug 4 2012

Aug. 04, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

No. 4 Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal (USA) vs.
No. 22 Konstantin Semenov and Serguei Prokopiev (RUS)
Aug. 4, 2012
10 p.m. local; 2 p.m. PT
Horse Guards Parade in London, England

FIVB Olympic Beach Volleyball Media Guide

Match Preview

  • Prokopiev is 25 and 6-foot-4. Semenov is 23 and 6-11.
  • Prokopiev and Semenov are a new pairing, having teamed up on a permanent basis in 2012. They had previously played two tournaments together in 2011 They helped Russia secure the final Olympic berth with a victory over Poland at the World Cup Olympic qualification tournament in July 2012.
  • Gibb and Rosenthal advanced to the first round of elimination by winning their pool with a 2-1 record. Two other teams were also 2-1, but Gibb and Rosenthal had the best point ratio of 1.34. Semenov and Prokopiev finished third in their pool with a record of 1-2. They fell to Germany’s Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann along with Switzerland’s Sascha Heyer and Sebastian Chevallier while beating China’s Linyin Xu and Penggen Wu.
  • The winner of the match will play Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins of Latvia (No. 17) in the quarterfinals on Aug. 6.
  • Gibb and Rosenthal have never played Prokopiev and Semenov.
  • Prokopiev and Semenov are sixth in attacks among all teams in the Olympic Games with 111 kills on 195 attempts for a kill percent of .57. Gibb and Rosenthal are ninth in kills with 73 on 133 attempts for a kill percent of .55. Both teams are in the back in terms of blocking. Semenov and Prokopiev are 15th with nine in three matches. Gibb and Rosenthal are 19th with seven in three matches. Semenov and Prokopiev have only one ace in their first three matches. Gibb and Rosenthal have three.
  • Prokopiev is sixth among all scorers in the Olympic Games with 75 points on 74 attacks and one ace. Semenov is 32nd with 46 points. Rosenthal is 31st with 47 points and Gibb is 40th 36 points. Semenov is 13th among all blockers with nine. Gibb is 18th with six. Rosenthal is 12th in digs with 39 and a success percentage of .49.
  • Semenov and Gibb are tied for 12 in the “fastest serve” category. Each has been clocked at 87 km per hour.

Gibb/Rosenthal Team Fast Facts

  • Joined forces in 2006 and won their debut appearance as a team in Fort Lauderdale before going on to advance to six more semifinals and four finals
  • In 2006, finished second in Paris at a Grand Slam event
  • In 2007, took fifth at the World Championship in Gstaad to match their season-high fifth-place finish
  • In 2008, made the semifinals in their first two FIVB tour events and earned enough points to qualify for the Olympics, where they won out of their pool before falling to the defending gold medalists to earn fifth place
  • Earned four second-place AVP tour finishes in 2009 before claiming their first season victory at Manhattan Beach
  • On the FIVB tour, finished in fifth place four times (including three Grand Slams) during the 2009 season
  • Helped the U.S. earn its first ever FIVB podium sweep after taking FIVB bronze in Quebec in 2011
  • Were in a neck-and-neck race with Matt Fuerbringer/Nick Lucena to claim the second spot on the U.S. Olympic beach team going into the 2012 World Championships in Rome, where they earned their first career FIVB first-place finish and clinched their spot in the Olympics
  • Caught fire going into the 2012 Olympics and earned their second career first-place finish in Gstaad followed by a third-place finish in Klagenfurt

Gibb Personal

  • Born in Bountiful, Utah
  • 36 years old; 6-foot-7
  • Graduated from University of Utah
  • Jake's wife's name is Jane. They were married in 2000. They have a son born in 2011. Jake was competing in a tournament at the time of his birth.
  • Jake was diagnosed with testicular cancer following a positive USADA drug test at the beginning of 2012. The cancer was caught by surgery and no further treatment was necessary.
  • Jake's middle name is Spiker

Gibb Career

  • Did not play college volleyball
  • Began his pro beach career in 2001 with Mike Daniel and made the main draw in two AVP events
  • Ended the 2003 season as the third-ranked player on the AVP tour
  • In 2004, finished the AVP tour as the second-ranked player and became one of the lowest-seeded teams to win an AVP event when he won as a twelfth-seed in Austin
  • During the 2005 season, was in the semifinals 11 times in 13 AVP events
  • Also played in seven FIVB events in 2005, medaling three times
  • One of two AVP players to have won at least one title every year from 2004-2009 (Rogers is the other player to do so)
  • Only player ranked in the top five on the AVP tour each year from 2004-2007
  • Paired up with Rosenthal in 2006
  • AVP Most Improved Player in 2004
  • AVP MVP in 2005
  • FIVB Rookie of the Year in 2005

To view Jake Gibb’s complete statistics, click here

Rosenthal Personal

  • Born in Redondo Beach, Calif.
  • 32 years old; 6-foot-4

Rosenthal Career

  • Made his pro beach debut in 1997, a week before he turned 17
  • Posted a career-best fifth-place finish in Santa Barbara with partner Mark Williams
  • Ended the 2003 season as the 10th-ranked player on the AVP tour
  • In 2004, finished the season as the fifth-ranked player on the AVP tour and participated in his first individual event
  • In 2005, advanced to five semifinals including a second-place finish in Huntington where he fell to Karch Kiraly in what would be the beach volleyball icon’s final victory of his career
  • Joined forces with Gibb in 2006

To view Sean Rosenthal’s complete statistics, click here