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Gibbs and Patterson, who like Kessy and Ross were seeded No. 2, also went into their gold medal match against a No. 1 seeded Brazilian duo; in this case Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego.
Gibbs and Patterson started well, winning their first set 13-21, before narrowly losing their second set, 21-19.
“They made a lot of errors in the first set,” said Patterson in an FIVB press release. “We served real well and got them out of their system, so they had to make harder plays.”
The Brazilian seemed to find their feet in the second set however, and Alison in particular came up with some key plays to extend the match.
“I hit it (ball) right at his face,” said Patterson. “And he dug it with his hand perfectly, real easy. I think that’s what won them the match. That’s why he’s one of the best blockers in the world.”
The tiebreaking third set was even at 10-10. However Gibb made a couple of key mistakes which the Brazilians were quick to capitalize on, ultimately emerging with a 15-11 win.
“I made two big mistakes and that’s what cost us the match,” said Gibb in an FIVB press release. “Emanuel went for more shots, and was really crisp. He was definitely in a rhythm, you can see why he is who he is; he’s amazing.”
U.S. beach volleyball teams will be back on the sand later this month at the FIVB The Hague Grand Slam in the Netherlands.