Olympics: Beach Volleyball

Gibb, Rosenthal eliminated by Latvians

Janis Smedins hits a shot past American Jacob Gibb. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins of Latvia ousted Americans Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, 19-21, 21-18, 15-11, in a quarterfinal match in sporadic rain at Horse Guards Parade Monday.

The loss leaves the United States without a men’s pair in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Plavins and Smedins won Pool E, going undefeated and dropping just a single set along the way. Gibb and Rosenthal also won their pool, but lost a match.

The other U.S. team of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser were eliminated from the knockout round on Friday.

Kessy, Ross move on to semifinals

April Ross, left, and Jennifer Kessy react during their match with the Czech Republic. (Petr David Josek/Associated Press)

Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross defeated the Czech Republic team of Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolocova, 25-23, 21-18, in a beach volleyball quarterfinal.

They advance to play the winner of a match between Brazil and Germany. The win gives the United States two teams in Tuesday’s semifinals.

May-Treanor, Walsh Jennings advance to semis

Misty May-Treanor, left, and Kerri Walsh Jennings react during their win. (David Josek/Associated Press)

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their beach volleyball quarterfinal match against Italy’s Marta Menegatti and Greta Cicolari, 21-13, 21-13, at Horse Guards Parade.

The American duo will now play Chen Xue and Xi Zhang of China in the semifinals Tuesday.

Rosenthal, Gibb advance in beach volleyball

Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal are into the quarterfinals. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Sean Rosenthal and Jacob Gibb kept the American men in the beach volleyball medal hunt with a 21-14, 22-20 victory at Horse Guards Parade.

One night after 2008 Beijing gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser saw their dreams of defending their title dashed by Italy’s Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo, the “B-team” picked up the mantle for the United States.

They advance to face Latvia’s Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins in Monday’s quarterfinals.

May-Treanor, Walsh Jennings head to quarterfinals

Misty May-Treanor, right, and Kerri Walsh Jennings are moving forward. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

From the Associated Press:

Two-time gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor beat the Netherlands in straight sets on Saturday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament.

The Americans beat Marleen van Iersel and Sanne Keizer, 21-13, 21-12.

Read the full account of their win here.

Italians upset Rogers, Dalhausser

The lucky losers became worthy winners Friday at Horse Guards Parade when the Italian pair of Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo knocked off defending gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, 21-17, 21-19.

Nicolai and Lupo, who have been dubbed “the young Todd and Phil” since they began playing together in 2011, were 1-2 in pool play. They needed to win one of two “lucky loser” matches to advance to the round of 16, where they were paired against the No. 2 seed and 2008 gold medalists.

But Rogers, 38, and his 32-year-old partner showed their years a bit against Lupo, who is 21, and Nicolai, who turns 24 on Monday.

Rogers downplayed a hamstring injury after the match, saying, “That had nothing to do with our loss. I wish them all the best. They could very well end up with a medal.”

In the second set, the Americans trailed 14-9 but the Italians, perhaps sensing the enormity of the upset, began making mistakes and the Americans climbed back to tie the score at 19.

But it was not enough. The Italians quickly took the final two points and advanced to the quarterfinals.

Ross, Kessy advance to beach quarterfinals

April Ross and Jen Kessy advanced to the quarterfinals Friday with a 21-15. 21-19 win over Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr of Switzerland at Horse Guards Parade.

Ross and Kessy won their pool to advance to the knockout round. Kuhn and Zumkehr were an 11 seed and 1-2 in pool play. But they gave Ross and Kessy a tough game.

The pool play format allows teams a day off between matches, but Ross and Kessy played Thursday night. The change in schedule showed in their early play.

The women’s quarterfinals will be held Saturday. Ross and Kessy will play the winner of a Saturday match between  Maria Antonelli and Talita Rocha of Brazil and Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolocova of the Czech Republic.