Rio de Janeiro, August 10, 2016 - Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson of the United States will be looking to break another #6 seed Olympic Game curse against the #7 seed, Spain's Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera to kick off the men's competition on day five in pool F. All four teams in the pool have 1-1 records, so the winner will guarantee at least a 2nd-place finish in the pool and advance to the elimination stage. The losing team will have to wait for the tie-breaker to see if they finish 3rd in the pool or go home with a 19th-place finish.
Head to Head
Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson have won four of the six meetings on the FIVB World Tour dating back to 2013 including the last three.
• Gibb/Patterson won 21-17, 13-21, and 16-14 in 47 minutes, Moscow Grand Slam, Quarterfinals, 05/28/2016
• Gibb/Patterson won 19-21, 21-16, and 18-16 in 62 minutes, SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals, Pool Play, 09/30/2015
• Gibb/Patterson won 31-29, 18-21, and 15-11 in 62 minutes, Stare Jablonki Grand Slam, Round of 16, 08/23/2014
• Gavira/Herrera won 21-19 and 25-23 in 47 minutes, Berlin Grand Slam, Round of 24, 06/20/2014
• Gavira/Herrera won 21-17, 18-21, and 15-11 in 45 minutes, Moscow Grand Slam, Pool Play, 06/13/2014
• Gibb/Patterson won 21-17 and 21-19 in 38 minutes, Gstaad Grand Slam, Pool Play, 07/11/2013
Historically the #7 seed has won all three of the matches against the #6 seed in the Olympic Games. The last match for Gibb/Patterson was against the #18 seed, which had won all four meetings in the Olympic Games and won again in Rio.
• Pedro Cunha/Ricardo Santos (7), Brazil def. John Garcia-Thompson/Steve Grotowski (6), England, 21-17, 21-12 in 40 minutes, Pool Play, London (2012).
• Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal (7), United States def. Julius Brink/Christoph Dieckmann (6), Germany, 21-15, 21-13 in 38 minutes, Pool Play, Beijing (2008).
• Martin Conde/Mariano Baracetti (7), Argentina def. Pavlos Beligratis/Thanassis Michalopoulos (6), Greece, by forfeit, Pool Play, Athens (2004).
Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson, United States, Seed #6, Pool F, 1-1, 1.000 Set Ratio, 1.0541 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 150-72 (67.6%) match record in FIVB World Tour Events and a 76-35 (68.5%) 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.
• Lost to Alexander Huber/Robin Seidl, Austria (18), 18-21 and 18-21 in 41 minutes.
Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera, Spain, Seed #7, Pool F, 1-1, 1.000 Set Ratio, 1.0100 Point Ratio, Qualified 7th with 5,500 Points in the 2015-16 Olympic qualification period
• Adrian: September 17, 1987 (28y10m20d), 193 cm (6'4"), 89 kg (198 lbs.), Hometown La Línea de la Concepción, 102nd FIVB World Tour event (ranks 67th), two gold medals, $510,625 career winnings (ranks 32nd)
• Pablo: June 29, 1982 (34y1m8d), 193 cm (6'4"), 88 kg (195 lbs.), Hometown Castellon de la Plana, 145th FIVB World Tour event, (ranks 16th), four gold medals, $661,775 career winnings (ranks 18th)
• Adrian and Pablo have been playing together since 2009. They are playing in their 82nd FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament together (ranks 18th), two gold medals, $949,700 career winnings (ranks 5th). They rank second behind Poland's Fijalek/Prudel (84) for playing the most events together of the men's teams competing at the Rio Olympics.
• Adrian has played in 21 FIVB World Tour final fours with two gold, five silver, eight bronze medals and six 4th place finishes.
• Pablo has played in 25 FIVB World Tour final fours with four gold, five silver, nine bronze medals and seven 4th place finishes.
• Adrian and Pablo have played in five Final Fours in 2015-2016 (Gold Moscow Grand Slam 2015, Bronze Long Beach Grand Slam 2015, Gold Xiamen Open 2016, Bronze Fuzhou Open 2016, 4th Gstaad Major 2016).
• Adrian and Pablo finished 9th in the Olympic Games in 2012 (London).
• Pablo Herrera won the silver medal in the Olympic Games with Javier Bosma in 2004 (Athens) and finished 9th with Raul Mesa in 2008 (Beijing).
• Adrian and Pablo finished 5th in the FIVB World Championships in 2009 (Stavanger), 5th in 2011 (Rome), 5th in 2013 (Stare Jablonki), and 17th in 2015 (The Hague).
• Pablo finished 17th in the FIVB World Championships with Javier Bosma in 2003 (Rio de Janeiro) and 33rd in 2005 (Berlin) and 9th in 2007 (Gstaad), both with Raul Mesa.
• Adrian and Pablo are currently ranked 15th in FIVB World Tour points in 2016 with 3,840 points and 12th in winnings with $106,375.
• Adrian and Pablo have a career 280-150 (65.1%) match record in FIVB World Tour Events and a 71-39 (64.5%) record in 2015-16.
• Adrian and Pablo won the gold medal at the European (CEV) Continental Championships in 2013 (Klagenfurt, Austria) along with three other gold medals and two bronze medals on the CEV Continental Tour from 2009-14.
• Adrian won the silver medal at the U21 World Championships with Alejandro Fernandez in 2007 (Modena, Italy).
• Pablo won the gold medal at the CEV Continental Championships with Raul Mesa in 2005 (Moscow, Russia) along with one other gold medal on the CEV Continental Tour with Javier Bosma in 2004 and one silver medal with Raul Mesa in 2008.
• Pablo won the silver medal at the U21 World Championships in 2001 (Le Lavandou, France) and the gold medal in 2002 (Catania, Italy), both with Raul Mesa.
• Adrian was named the FIVB World Tour Top Rookie in 2008.
• Defeated Alexander Huber/Robin Seidl, Austria (18), 14-21, 21-17, 15-13 in 53 minutes
• Lost to Jefferson Santos Pereira/Cherif Younousse, Qatar (19), 21-13, 18-21, and 12-15 in 54 minutes.