Gibb, Patterson fall to Spain in final preliminary match
Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson fell to Spain’s Herrera Gavira 21-19, 16-21, 15-7 in their third and final match of preliminary play on Wednesday.
Pool F was left wide open after Day 3’s preliminary matches with all teams tied at one win and one loss. The winners of Day 5’s Pool F matches would automatically advance to the Round of 16.
The U.S. men went on an early 6-2 scoring run in the first set and an ace from Casey Patterson put the duo in the lead at 11-9. Herrera/Gavira pulled ahead after tying at 18-18. A service error tied the teams against 19-19 before Spain’s cut shot pushed the pair to the first set point to win 21-19.
The second set saw Spain take an early lead until Gibb tied the score at 5-5 with an ace. Gibb followed up with two more aces to pull ahead 7-5. The U.S. men entered the first technical timeout leading 12-9. Gibb/Patterson took the second set 21-16.
U.S. men lost momentum after arguing against a challenge by the Spanish men. Herrera/Gavira won the match 21-19, 16-21, 15-7 and will advance to the Round of 16.
The U.S. men finished last in Pool F and did not qualify for a last chance lucky loser match. The duo is eliminated from the Rio Olympic beach volleyball tournament.