- Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson were knocked out of the tournament
- They had qualified if they had given up seven fewer points
- However they ended up finishing in last place in Pool F
- Are first U.S. mens team who have failed to qualify since Athens in 20034
An American beach volleyball team has been eliminated from the Olympics in the pool stages for the first time since 2004.
The U.S. pair of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson were knocked out in Rio on a tiebreaker after they finished bottom of Pool F.
They would have advanced if they had given up seven fewer points — just one point per set over three matches at the Copacabana venue.
An American beach volleyball team has been eliminated from the Olympics in the pool stages for the first time since 2004. Carey Patterson (pictured) and his partner Jake Gibb finished last place in Pool F in Rio
Jacob Gibb reacts after loosing a point on the way to his team’s defeat in Rio which sent them crashing out of the tournament
Patterson dives for a ball with no success during the team’s disappointing loss to Spain
The U.S. pair lost to Spain on Wednesday morning to fall to 1-2. When Qatar beat Austria later in the day, the Americans fell into a last-place tie in their pool.
The first tiebreaker is point ratio. The Americans gave up 126 points and scored 125. The Austrians scored 145 and allowed 140.
It’s the first U.S men’s team to fail to advance out of pool play since the 2004 Games in Athens.
However there is still hope for the U.S. men on the sand.
Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena are top of Pool C and are expected to be in with a chance of a medal.
Patterson runs his hands through his hair after losing a point during their match against Spain on Rio’s Copacabana Beach
Gibb (in cap) and Patterson challenge a call in their Men’s Preliminary Pool F. They argued on their way to a loss which would see them bounced from the tournament
Patterson looks up from the sand after missing a shot during the U.S.’ crucial game
Patterson reaches for a ball as it travels away from him during the crucial tie
Spain’s Pablo Herrera Allepuz (center) sets against Jacob Gibb (right) and Casey Patterson (left) in their victory over the American team
The Spanish pair embrace after defeating Patterson and Gibb
The pair are the first U.S men’s team to fail to advance out of pool play since the 2004 Games in Athens