COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 4, 2013) – The U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson took its first tournament victory on Saturday, defeating Brazil’s Pedro Salgado and Bruno Schmidt in the final of the Shanghai Grand Slam, part of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
Playing in their second tournament together, Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.), seeded No. 9 in the main draw, held off No. 3 Bruno and Pedro 21-16, 9-21, 15-9 in 43 minutes in the gold medal match to finish with a perfect 7-0 win-loss record in Shanghai.
“Beyond excited! Amazing match,” said Patterson, who won his first medal of any color at an FIVB tournament, in an FIVB press release. “It was very windy so it was very hard to do anything; serve, side out, pass, set, so it was pretty much a survival match. Whoever can survive, who is going to win.
“It’s a match of big runs and we ended up getting the last big run. I think that’s a big deal. In the first game we had a big run, and in the second game they had a big run. We were just taking turns and whoever survived the wind was going to win. Gibb did a couple of big blocks and I had a couple of digs in the end and that was the difference and it was crazy.
“This is only my second year playing in the World Tour and I have been prepared for things like this for a long time.”
In the women’s bracket, the U.S. beach volleyball team of April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Jennifer Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), seeded fourth, fell in the second round to Brazil’s No. 10 Talita Da Rocha Antunes and Taiana Lima, 17-21, 21-17, 15-11 in 56 minutes.
In the men’s semifinals, Gibb and Rosenthal defeated Poland’s No. 13 Michal Kadziola and Jakub Szalankiewicz, 21-17, 22-20 in 39 minutes.
In the men’s final, Pedro and Bruno were trailing by one set when they fought back strongly with improved defense in the second set for a 14-4 lead on the back of four blocking points from Pedro and never looked back.
It was tight early in the third set before the U.S. team ran off six points in a row thanks to three straight stuffs by Gibb to make it 14-7. The Brazilian tandem withstood two match points, only to find Gibb convert on the third with his fifth block point in the set against Pedro.
Earlier on Saturday in the bronze medal match, Brazil’s No. 12 Ricardo Santos and Alvaro Filho eased past Kadziola and Szalankiewicz, 21-12, 21-10 for their first medal together.
The semifinals and finals from Shanghai will be broadcast for free at fivb.laola1.tv.
For more information on the Shanghai Grand Slam, click here.