Thursday, August 14, 2008

Beijing: Gibb-Rosy eke out win; all US teams into sweet 16

by Unknown at 5:15 PM

Sean Rosenthal goes for a digIf there were any distasteful stereotypes still lurking about the Japanese being timid little people, Japan's men's beach volleyball team likely put them to rest today.

Asahi-Shiratori forced Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal to a third set today, putting up a plethora of stuff blocks and hitting lots of big juicy spikes. The Japanese got to match point twice, but Gibb-Rosy fought back, and a final stuff by Gibb allowed the U.S. advance, 21-15, 19-21, 18-16 (results).

With this victory, all U.S. men's and women's beach volleyball teams have advanced to the elimination round of 16.

Play begins Friday at 9AM Beijing time (today 6PM PDT) with Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh taking on the Belgians.