Rio de Janeiro, August 8, 2016 - Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson hope to break the #6 seed curse in the Olympic Games against the #18 seeds, Alexander Huber/Robin Seidl of Austria in a pool F match on day three. The #18 seed has upset the #6 seed in all four previous Olympic Game meetings.
Head to Head
Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson have won three of the four previous meetings against Alexander Huber/Robin Seidl in FIVB World Tour competition. The Swiss captured the first of three matches in 2013, a round of 16 straight-set win at the Fuzhou Open, followed by two three-set, pool play wins by the Americans. In their only meeting in 2016, a little over a month ago at the Porec Major, Gibb/Patterson won in pool play, 21-19 and 21-19 in 37 minutes.
Historically the #18 seed has won all four meetings over the #6 seed in the Olympic Games. In pool play at the last three Olympics, all three wins were in straight sets with the #6 seed pushing two of the sets to 22-20 in London (2012) and Beijing (2008). In Atlanta, these two seeds met in the contender's bracket round four with the #18 seed prevailing 15-3.
Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson, United States, Seed #6, Pool F, 1-0, MAX Set Ratio, 1.3125 Point Ratio, Qualified 6th with 5,680 Points in the 2015-16 Olympic qualification period
• Jake: February 6, 1976 (40y6m0d), 201 cm (6'7"), 93 kg (206 lbs.), Hometown Bountiful, Utah 113th FIVB World Tour event (ranks 46th), six gold medals, $705,037 career winnings (ranks 14th)
• Casey: April 20, 1980 (36y3m17d), 201 cm (6'7"), 88 kg (195 lbs.), Hometown Manhattan Beach, California 52nd FIVB World Tour event, two gold medals, $302,562 career winnings (ranks 67th)
• Jake and Casey have been playing together since 2013. They are playing in their 43rd FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament together, two gold medals, $582,025 career winnings (ranks 29th).
• Jake has played in 27 FIVB World Tour final fours with six gold, eight silver, seven bronze medals and six 4th place finishes.
• Casey has played in nine FIVB World Tour final fours with two gold, two silver, two bronze medals and three 4th place finishes.
• Jake and Casey have played in four Final Fours in 2015-2016 (Gold St. Petersburg Grand Slam 2015, Silver Olsztyn Grand Slam 2015, 4th Moscow Grand Slam 2016, 4th Olsztyn Grand Slam 2016).
• Jake finished 5th in the Olympic Games in 2008 (Beijing) and 5th in 2012 (London), both with Sean Rosenthal .
• Jake and Casey finished 17th in the FIVB World Championships in 2013 (Stare Jablonki) and 5th in 2015 (The Hague).
• Jake finished 13th in the FIVB World Championships with Stein Metzger in 2005 (Berlin), 5th in 2007 (Gstaad), 9th in 2009 (Stavanger), and 17th in 2011 (Rome), all three with Sean Rosenthal.
• Jake and Casey are currently ranked 8th in FIVB World Tour points in 2016 with 4,300 points and 9th in winnings with $124,125.
• Jake and Casey have a career 150-71 (67.9%) match record in FIVB World Tour Events and a 76-34 (69.1%) record in 2015-16.
• Jake and Casey won one silver medal on the NORCECA Continental Tour in 2014 (Turtle Beach, Trinidad and Tobago).
• Jake was named the FIVB World Tour Top Rookie in 2005, Most Inspirational in 2013 and 2014, and was Team of the Year and Tour Points Champions with Sean Rosenthal in 2012.
• Jake is the oldest player competing in the Rio Olympics at 40 years and 6 months of age. He is the second oldest man to participate in Olympic Beach Volleyball competition behind Angola's Emanual Fernandes who was 41 years and 0 months at the start of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
• Jake is a two-time cancer survivor.
• Defeated Jefferson Santos Pereira / Cherif Younousse, Qatar (19), 21-16 and 21-16 in 35 minutes.
Alexander Huber/Robin Seidl, Austria, Seed #18, Pool F, 0-1, 0.500 Set Ratio, 1.0200 Point Ratio, Qualified through European Confederation (CEV) Continental Cup
• Alexander: July 25, 1985 (31y0m12d), 179 cm (5'10"), 62 kg (138 lbs.), Hometown Klagenfurt, 82nd FIVB World Tour event, $112,187 career winnings
• Robin: January 21, 1990 (26y6m16d), 190 cm (6'3"), 78 kg (173 lbs.), Hometown Velden, 62nd FIVB World Tour event, $99,137 career winnings
• Alexander and Robin have been playing together since 2009. They are playing in their 62nd FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament together (ranks 38th), $198,275 career winnings (ranks 95th).
• Alexander has played in three FIVB World Tour final fours with one silver medal, one bronze medal and one 4th place finish.
• Robin has played in three FIVB World Tour final fours with one silver medal, one bronze medal and one 4th place finish.
• Alexander and Robin have played in one Final Four in 2015-2016 (Silver Doha, 2016).
• Alexander and Robin finished 17th in the FIVB World Championships in 2013 (Stare Jablonki) and 33rd in 2015 (The Hague).
• Alexander finished 37th in the FIVB World Championships with Peter Gartmayer in 2009 (Stavanger).
• Alexander and Robin are currently ranked 29th in FIVB World Tour points in 2016 with 2,390 points and 29th in winnings with $32,400.
• Alexander and Robin have a career 100-118 (45.9%) match record in FIVB World Tour Events and a 30-36 (45.5%) record in 2015-16.
• Alexander and Robin won the silver medal at the 2014 CEV Novi Sad Masters in 2014 (Novi Sad, Serbia).
• Alexander and Robin posted a 7-0 match mark in the CEV Continental Cup and secured a Rio 2016 Olympic berth for their country with a “Golden Match” 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) win 38 minutes over Belgium’s Dries Koekelkoren and Tom van Walle
• Alexander is the shortest player entered in the Rio Olympics at 179 cm (5'10-1/2"). He is tied with Frederik Petersen of Switzerland from the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta for the shortest in all Olympic Games
• Alexander is the lightest men's player who has competed in any of the six Olympics at 62 kg (138 lbs.).
• Lost to Adrian Gavira / Pablo Herrera, Spain (7), 21-14, 17-21, and 13-15 in 53 minutes.