Gibb, Patterson Claim Bronze

By Jessica Hall | Aug. 24, 2014, 1:38 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 24, 2014) - The U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson claimed bronze at the FIVB Stare Jablonki Grand Slam in Poland on Sunday. 

Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.) defeated Austria’s No. 17 Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst in the bronze medal match, 23-21, 21-18. In the semifinals, the duo fell to Brazil’s No. 7 Pedro Salgado and Alvaro Morais Filho, 21-17, 11-21, 15-12. 

“Our confidence was there because we were playing well,” Gibb said in an FIVB release. “It’s nice to get the result after all the training. If we were getting smashed and our confidence was down, that is one thing, but that wasn’t where we were.” 

The bronze medal finish is the best the duo has placed on the 2014 FIVB Grand Slam Tour. 

“It’s a huge win and means the world to us,” Gibb said. “We’ve been really close all year and losing close matches. It’s crazy because we’ve been playing well but to get the result now feels really good.”

The other U.S. men’s beach teams competing in Stare Jablonki, Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and also John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii), each finished the tournament tied for fifth. 

Up next on the World Tour calendar is the Sao Paolo Grand Slam, Sept. 23-28.