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Beverly Oden

Beach: Gibb & Patterson Win Bronze, Kerri & April Debut

By July 17, 2013

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U.S. men's pairs bounced back after a rough week at world championships with some good performances at last weekend's World Championships. The best finish went to Casey Patterson and Jake Gibb who won bronze after beating Brouwer and Meeuwsen of the Netherlands 21-18, 21-18. Jake and Casey lost to Pedro and Bruno of Brazil in the semifinal which set up an all-Brazil gold medal match which was won by Ricardo and Alvaro-Filho, who took home their first gold medal this summer.

The next best U.S. men's pair was Dalhausser and Rosenthal, who made it to the quarterfinals but fell to that same team from the Netherlands in two sets. Rogers and Doherty made the playoff round, but lost in the first elimination match in three sets to Brazilians Alison and Emanuel. Rogers and Doherty actually faced off against Dalhausser and Rosenthal in pool play. Dalhausser and Rosenthal won easily in two sets, 21-16, 21-15.

On the women's side, Kerri Walsh Jennings debuted for the first time after giving birth to her third child. Kerri paired up with April Ross and the two went undefeated in pool play. They lost in their first playoff round match in the round of 16 to Antonelli and Agatha of Brazil, 17-21, 20-22.

Two American teams had better finishes, making the quarterfinal round but going no further. Jen Fopma and Brooke Sweat lost to Ludwig and Walkenhorst of Germany in two sets. Summer Ross and Emily Day logged their best finish of the summer, but  got demolished in the quarters by Brazilians Lili and Seixas 21-11, 21-12.

Next up is the World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, the first FIVB beach event in the United States in ten years. Walsh Jennings will play with Whitney Pavlik and April Ross will play with long-time partner Jen Kessy, possibly for the last time. Walsh Jennings and Ross are set to join forces for good by the end of the year.

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