FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Rome (World Tour Finals) | 4 - 8 septembre 2019

#


Press release

Crabb & Gibb salvage American effort on Friday


43-year old American Jake Gibb (right) plays the ball as Frenchman Quincy Aye follows the action late Friday evening at the FIVB World Tour Finals at the Foro Italico in Rome.

Rome, Italy, September 6, 2019 - It was a tough day here Friday for the American beach volleyball effort at the $600,000 FIVB World Tour Finals at the Foro Italico, and thankfully for Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb, the North American country will have a team performing Saturday.

Entering this week's FIVB World Tour stop, American beach volleyball pairs had enjoyed success in the Italian capital with three men's and one women's gold medal in the last four stops at the Foro Italico with at least one USA tandem on the podium from 2010 through 2013. Gibb, the oldest player competing this week at 43 with 15 seasons of FIVB experience, was part of one gold medal team when he and Sean Rosenthal captured the title in 2012.

With three men's and four women's teams in the main draw competition this week at the World Tour Finals at the Foro Italico, the United States squad has won only 11 of 20 matches with Crabb and Gibb leading the way with a 3-0 record to reach the men's quarter-finals here Saturday.

Playing in on of the last matches late Friday evening on an outer court at the Foro Italico, the 17th-seeded Crabb and Gibb scored their third win by posting a 2-1 (21-16, 18-21, 15-9) victory in 42 minutes over 31st-seeded qualifiers Quincy Aye and Arnaud Gauthier-Rat of France.

Quick links - Beach volleyball:

In advancing to a FIVB World Tour quarterfinal for the first time this season after placing ninth five times, Gibb said “that was a monkey off our back. We’ve had nothing but ninths all year but that was huge for us. I feel like that monkey is off our back and now we can go win this thing.”

Gibb added that in the second set against the French “we started playing a little ‘play not to lose.’ You could tell they were tired; this was their third match and we were like ‘Oh, we just have to keep this on them.’ We were playing that reserve game and that’s not us at all, so we had to kind of flip the switch and say, ‘Let’s go do this, let’s earn it.’”

In playing one of the last matches Friday, Crabb added “it kind of brings me back to my indoor days because we play one match and it’s always at night so you just kind of do your thing during the day and make sure you’re ready to go later on. We didn’t get much sleep because we had a late game last night. We got to sleep in, took care of our bodies and we were ready.”

While the American were playing their first match Friday after posting pool wins Thursday over tandems from Germany and Italy, the French were playing their third match of the day as Aye and Gauthier-Rat advanced to the Round of 16 with seed-break-through triumphs over 15th-seeded Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb of the United States and fourth-seeded Alison Cerutti/Alvaro Filho of Brazil.

Joining the American in the men’s quarterfinals Saturday afternoon will be second-seeded Anders Mol and Christian Sorum of Norway, who have now won 23-straight FIVB World Tour matches after ousting 16th-seeded Nils Ehlers/Lars Fluggen of Germany 2-1 (15-21, 21-15, 15-11) in 49 minutes.

Anders Mol of Norway

The young Norwegians, who have now compiled a 69-4 match mark this season, play 10th-seeded Evandro Goncalves and Bruno Oscar Schmidt of Brazil in one of the four Round of 8 matches.  The two teams have meet three times this season with Mol and Sorum winning twice and the Brazilians posting a gold medal victory over the Norwegians June 16 in Warsaw, Poland.

While Gibb and Crabb meet 23rd-seeded Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera of Spain in the quarterfinals, other Round of 8 matches have 25th-seeded Christiaan Varenhorst/Steven van de Velde of the Netherlands challenging reigning world champions and third seeded Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Oleg Stoyanovskiy of Russia and fifth-seeded Julius Thole/Clemens Wickler of Germany meeting 13th-seeded Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner of the Czech Republic.

Oleg Stoyanovskiy of Russia

“We’re stoked to be playing here at the World Tour Finals," said the 22-year old Stoyanovskly as he and Krailnikov have reach a FIVB quarter-final for only the second-time in four events since winning their world championship title July 7 in Hamburg, Germany.  "We’re really looking forward to finish this season with a good result, especially here in Rome. It’s a beautiful city and a great venue and we’re glad to be here.”

With the FIVB World Tour Finals quarter- and semifinals for men and women Saturday, the medal matches will be played Sunday at the Foro Italico where the winning teams collect the $40,000 first-place prizes.


Download highresolution

| More

More press releases

   
09.09.2019 00:26:22
Laura Ludwig is back

Roma, Italy, September 8, 2019 – Laura Ludwig picked just the perfect occasion to tell the world she’s back. After all, the FIVB Beach Volleyball ... More...

08.09.2019 23:58:42
The word “world” brings out the best in Stoyanovskiy & Krasilnikov

Rome, Italy, September 8, 2019 - It seems like it takes only one word to get the best out of Russians Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Viacheslav Krasilnikov ... More...

08.09.2019 22:29:57
Krasilnikov & Stoyanovskiy post another gold medal win over Germans

Rome, Italy, September 8, 2019 - Russians Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovskiy validated their world championship win over Julius Thole and Cl... More...

08.09.2019 10:43:24
Last curtain calls for 2018-2019 FIVB World Tour season tonight

07.09.2019 23:02:00
Thole & Wickler up against Russian world champions

07.09.2019 20:56:12
Ludwig returns to an FIVB gold medal match with new partner Kozuch

07.09.2019 18:08:09
Defining a season for Switzerland's Heidrich & Verge-Depre

07.09.2019 17:09:23
Mol & Sorum continue winning ways

07.09.2019 15:00:13
Brazilians, Germans & Swiss net Rome women's semifinal berths

07.09.2019 12:00:00
Mol and Sorum aiming for more World Tour memories

07.09.2019 11:10:15
World Tour Finals a step forward to Aye & Gauthier-Rat

06.09.2019 23:55:14
Humana-Paredes & Pavan continue mastery over Swiss

06.09.2019 23:25:36
Crabb & Gibb salvage American effort on Friday

06.09.2019 22:22:50
Varenhorst & van der Velde - the other Dutch team

06.09.2019 17:12:19
Rebecca’s wait is proving to be worth it

06.09.2019 15:09:00
World champions take on Whiteboard Challenge in Rome

06.09.2019 01:00:00
Italians Menegatti & Orsi Toth net elimination bracket berth at World Tour Finals

06.09.2019 00:30:27
Gavira & Herrera advance at FIVB World Tour Finals

05.09.2019 23:03:11
Evandro & Bruno win the battle of world champions

05.09.2019 17:38:00
Humana-Paredes & Pavan still working hard

05.09.2019 17:37:00
Video: Sorum and Mol revisit famous winner

05.09.2019 14:05:46
Borger & Sude defeat German rivals twice in four days

04.09.2019 20:16:34
Jurmala finalists have good day in Rome qualifier

04.09.2019 17:38:10
Olympic medal winners Barbara & Walsh Jennings continue winning ways

04.09.2019 13:53:45
Family & beach volleyball for Arvaniti

03.09.2019 14:29:14
Olympians featured in World Tour Finals country quota round

02.09.2019 08:36:47
Key competitors at FIVB World Tour Finals

01.09.2019 07:41:51
All FIVB events lead to Rome for World Tour Finals

31.08.2019 07:50:25
FIVB World Tour Finals questions to be answered in Rome!

30.08.2019 14:49:11
World Tour Finals - What to know

29.08.2019 09:34:23
Rome transformed Alison - what next for 'the Mammoth'?

28.08.2019 10:00:00
Important stretch for Czech Republic's Hermannova & Slukova

26.08.2019 02:26:29
September successes for Nicolai

25.08.2019 13:32:41
Germany’s Erdmann/Winter take it to FIVB World Tour Finals

24.08.2019 13:16:30
FIVB World Tour Finals on the way for Zemljak/Pokersnik

23.08.2019 14:18:58
Berntsen/Mol, H gear up for FIVB World Tour Finals

22.08.2019 01:20:32
Menegatti looking forward to Roma & FIVB World Tour Finals!

17.08.2019 23:59:00
Borger & Sude reminisce about Rome experiences in anticipation of World Tour Finals

16.08.2019 23:59:10
World champs ready to peak again at World Tour Finals

15.08.2019 15:18:49
Newly-crowned European champs hope for World Tour success next

14.08.2019 02:29:23
Ehlers & Flueggen excited about Moscow and Rome main draws

09.08.2019 14:34:16
Accreditation process open for World Tour Finals in Rome

15.11.2018 10:37:37
Rome hosts FIVB World Tour Finals

12.10.2018 07:04:54
Pavan stays in beach volleyball for good

10.10.2018 15:12:41
Walsh Jennings and Sweat team up in run at 2020 Tokyo Olympics