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Gibb, Rosenthal Finish Olympics in 5th Place

Aug. 06, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

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LONDON (Aug. 6, 2012) – The U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal finished the 2012 Olympic Games in fifth place on Monday after falling to  No. 17 Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins of Latvia, 19-21, 21-18, 15-11 in 58 minutes in the quarterfinals at Horse Guards Parade.

Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.), who were seeded No. 4 in the tournament, were competing in their second Olympic Games after finishing fifth in 2008 in Beijing. They complete the tournament with a 3-2 record.

Plavins and Smedins will play Brazil’s No. 1 Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti in Tuesday’s semifinals (time TBD).

“I felt the whole way through like we were going to pull it off,” Gibb said. “I felt like we were going to come back when we were down 7-3. I don’t know what happened.”

Gibb called the loss the “most disappointing loss of my career.”

Plavins and Smedins led the U.S. team in kills (37-35), aces (3-1) and digs (22-20). The teams tied in blocks (4-4).

“They took advantage of their breaks. The ball bounced their way off the block,” Rosenthal said of Latvia. “They’re a really good defensive team. They dig a lot of balls and keep a lot of rallies alive. They made plays when they had to.”

The teams battled back and forth to a 6-6 tie in the first set when the U.S. scored on Rosenthal’s kill and Gibb’s block. Plavins scored with a kill, but the U.S. scored two more points on a Gibb kill and Latvian hitting error to lead 10-7. The U.S. team extended the lead to five at 16-11 and 17-12 when Latvia mounted a comeback on two Smedins kills and a Plavins ace along with a U.S. error to pull to within one at 17-16. But the U.S. held them off with two quick points on kills to lead 19-16. The U.S. reached set point at 20-17, but Plavins scored twice on kills before the U.S. won the set on Plavins’ hitting error.

The teams again battled to a 6-6 tie in the second set, but this time Latvia scored twice on an attack and ace from Smedins to lead 8-6. Latvia led 10-8 when the U.S. tied the score on a Gibb kill and Rosenthal block. The teams continue to battle back and forth until the score was tied at 18-18. Smedins carried Latvia to set point with a block and kill before Plavins won the set with a kill.

Latvia jumped to a 3-1 lead in the third set on two Plavins attacks and a U.S. error. The Latvians increased the lead to four at 6-2. With Latvia leading 7-3, the U.S. pulled to within two on a kill and block from Gibb. Latvia called timeout and came back to score on a Plavins attack. The teams battled back and forth until Latvia led 12-8. The U.S. scored twice on two Gibb kills to pull to within two at 12-10. But it was too little, too late. Latvia reached match point on Plavins’ kill and a U.S. error. Rosenthal scored with a final attack before Plavins won it with a kill.

Beach Volleyball - Competition Schedule Event Details 

Day 7 Fri 03 Aug
Session BV19 Start: 09:00 End: 10:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Fijalek-Prudel POL [9] def Heyer-Chevallier SUI [15], 21-18, 21-17 (:42)
Session BV20 Start: 13:00 End: 14:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Plavins-Smedins, J. LAT [17] def Skarlund-Spinnangr NOR [18], 21-18, 21-16 (:40)
Session BV21 Start: 17:00 End: 18:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Nicolai-Lupo ITA [13] def Rogers-Dalhausser USA [2], 21-17, 21-19 (:40)
Session BV22 Start: 21:00 End: 22:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Cunha-Ricardo BRA [7] def Herrera-Gavira ESP [11], 21-18, 21-19 (:45)

Day 8 Sat 04 Aug
Session BV23 Start: 09:00 End: 10:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Emanuel-Alison BRA [1] def Erdmann-Matysik GER [8], 21-16, 21-14 (:37)
Session BV24 Start: 13:00 End: 14:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Nummerdor-Schuil NED [5] def Heuscher-Bellaguarda SUI [12], 22-20, 21-15 (:40)
Session BV25 Start: 17:00 End: 18:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Brink-Reckermann GER [3] def Samoilovs-Sorokins LAT [16], 21-12, 21-17 (:40)
Session BV26 Start: 21:00 End: 22:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Gibb-Rosenthal USA [4] def Semenov-Prokopiev RUS [22], 21-14, 22-20

Day 10 Mon 06 Aug
Session BV29 Start: 18:00 End: 19:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Emanuel-Alison BRA [1] def Fijalek-Prudel POL [9], 21-17, 16-21, 17-15 (:57)
Plavins-Smedins, J. LAT [17] def Gibb-Rosenthal USA [4], 19-21, 21-18, 15-11 (:57)
Session BV30 Start: 22:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
22:00 - 22:50 Men - Men's Quarterfinals Men's Quarterfinal 3
23:00 - 23:50 Men - Men's Quarterfinals Men's Quarterfinal 4

Day 11 Tue 07 Aug
Session BV31 Start: 17:00 End: 18:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
17:00 - 17:50 Men's or Women's Semifinal 1
18:00 - 18:50 Men's or Women's Semifinal 1
Session BV32 Start: 21:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
21:00 - 21:50 Men's or Women's Semifinal 2
23:00 - 23:50 Men's or Women's Semifinal 2

Day 13 Thu 09 Aug
Session BV34 Start: 19:00 End: 22:30 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
19:00 - 19:50 Men - Men's Medal Matches Men's Bronze Medal Match
21:00 - 21:50 Men - Men's Medal Matches Men's Gold Medal Match

Pool D Results
Team (Country) Points/Match Record/Set Record/Points Ratio
1 Gibb-Rosenthal (USA) 5/2-1/4-2/1.337
2 Fijalek-Prudel (POL) 5/2-1/5-2/1.148
3 Samoilovs – Sorokins (LAT) 5/2-1/4-3/1.027
4 Chiya - Goldschmit (RSA) 0/0-3/0-6/.603

Pool B Results
Team (Country) Points/Match Record/Set Record/Points Ratio
1 Rogers-Dalhausser (USA) 6/3-0, 6-1/1.275
2 Herrera-Gavira (ESP) 5/2-1/5-2/1.045
3 Benes-Kubala (CZE) 4/1-2/2-5/0.938
4 Asahi-Shiratori (JPN) 3/0-3/1-6/.797

Day 1 Sat 28 Jul
Session BV01 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool D: Samoilovs - Sorokins (LAT) def Fijalek - Prudel (POL), 21-12, 15-21, 12-15 (:50)
Pool C: Brink - Reckermann (GER) def Semenov - Prokopiev (RUS), 21-19, 21-17 (:43)
Session BV02 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool C: Heyer - Chevallier (SUI) def Xu - Wu (CHN), 21-18, 16-21, 12-15 (:59)
Pool F: Binstock - Reader (CAN) def Grotowski - Garcia-Thompson (GBR), 19-21, 13-21 (:42)
Session BV03 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool F: Cunha - Ricardo (BRA) def Skarlund - Spinnangr (NOR), 21-14, 21-18 (:37)
Pool D: Gibb - Rosenthal (USA) def Chiya - Goldschmit (RSA), 21-10, 21-11 (:33)

Day 2 Sun 29 Jul
Session BV04 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool B: Herrera - Gavira (ESP) def Benes - Kubala (CZE), 25-23, 21-16 (:40)
Pool A: Emanuel - Alison (BRA) def Doppler - Horst (AUT), 19-21, 21-17, 16-14 (:58)
Session BV05 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool E: Nummerdor - Schuil (NED) def Hernandez - Fañe (VEN), 21-18, 17-21, 15-10 (:54)
Pool E: Plavins - Smedins (LAT) def Erdmann - Matysik (GER), 21-19, 21-23, 9-15 (:57)
Session BV06 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool B: Rogers - Dalhausser (USA) def Asahi - Shiratori (JPN), 21-15, 21-16 (:40)
Pool A: Nicolai - Lupo (ITA) def Heuscher - Bellaguarda (SUI), 19-21, 18-21 (:38)

Day 3 Mon 30 Jul
Session BV07 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool F: Skarlund - Spinnangr (NOR) def Binstock - Reader (CAN), 21-14, 21-18 (:39)
Pool D: Samoilovs - Sorokins (LAT) def Chiya - Goldschmit (RSA), 21-13, 21-10 (:34)
Session BV08 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool C: Brink - Reckermann (GER) def Xu - Wu (CHN), 13-21, 21-19, 15-8 (:52)
Pool F: Cunha - Ricardo (BRA) def Grotowski - Garcia-Thompson (GBR), 21-17, 21-12 in (:40)
Session BV09 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool C: Heyer - Chevallier (SUI) def Semenov - Prokopiev (RUS), 28-26, 18-21, 15-13 (1:09)
Pool D: Fijalek - Prudel (POL) def Gibb - Rosenthal (USA), 21-17, 21-18 (:43)

Day 4 Tue 31 Jul
Session BV10 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool B: Benes - Kubala (CZE) def Asahi - Shiratori (JPN), 17-21, 21-12, 15-7 (:44)
Pool A: Emanuel - Alison (BRA) def Heuscher - Bellaguarda (SUI), 21-17, 21-12 (:34)
Session BV11 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool E: Plavins - Smedins (LAT) def Hernandez - Fañe (VEN), 21-14, 21-16 (:38)
Pool E: Nummerdor - Schuil (NED) def Erdmann - Matysik (GER), 21-9, 21-16 (:34)
Session BV12 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool B: Rogers - Dalhausser (USA) def Herrera - Gavira (ESP), 19-21, 21-16, 15-13 (:59)
Pool A: Doppler - Horst (AUT) def Nicolai - Lupo (ITA), 21-18, 21-17 (:42)

Day 5 Wed 01 Aug
Session BV13 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool C: Semenov - Prokopiev (RUS) def Xu - Wu (CHN), 27-29, 21-17, 12-15 (1:06)
Pool D: Fijalek - Prudel (POL) def Chiya - Goldschmit (RSA), 21-19, 21-13 (:43)
Session BV14 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool D: Gibb - Rosenthal (USA) def Samoilovs - Sorokins (LAT), 21-10, 21-16 (:37)
Pool F: Skarlund - Spinnangr (NOR) def Grotowski - Garcia-Thompson (GBR), 22-20, 21-13 (:41)
Session BV15 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool F: Cunha - Ricardo (BRA) def Binstock - Reader (CAN), 21-18, 24-22 (:48)
Pool C: Brink - Reckermann (GER) def Heyer - Chevallier (SUI), 21-14, 21-16 (:42)

Day 6 Thu 02 Aug
Session BV16 Start: 09:00 End: 12:50 Horse Guards Parade, HGP Centre Court
Pool E: Plavins - Smedins (LAT) def Nummerdor - Schuil (NED), 21-14, 21-18 (:38)
Pool A: Emanuel - Alison (BRA) def Nicolai - Lupo (ITA), 26-24, 21-18 (:43)
Session BV17 Start: 14:30 End: 18:20 Horse Guards Parade
Pool B: Herrera - Gavira (ESP) def Asahi - Shiratori (JPN), 21-19, 22-20 (:41)
Pool E: Erdmann - Matysik (GER) def Hernandez - Fañe (VEN), 20-22, 21-16, 15-11 (:53)
Session BV18 Start: 20:00 End: 23:50 Horse Guards Parade
Pool A: Heuscher - Bellaguarda (SUI) def Doppler - Horst (AUT), 24-22, 21-12 (:43)
Pool B: Rogers - Dalhausser (USA) def Benes - Kubala (CZE), 21-13, 21-15 (:35)
Nicolai-Lupo ITA [13] def Reader-Binstock CAN [19], 21-16, 22-20 (:38)
Erdmann-Matysik GER [8] def Benes P.-Kubala CZE [14], 15-21, 21-19, 15-13 (:55)

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