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Gibb, Rosenthal Win First FIVB Grand Slam ROME, Italy (June 17, 2012) – Riding the momentum of their Olympic qualification, the U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal won its first FIVB Grand Slam tournament in Rome. On June 16, Gibb and Rosenthal, seeded No. 5, clinched enough FIVB qualifying points to secure nomination to the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in London. On June 17, they defeated Brazil’s top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti, 21-13, 21-12 in 36 minutes to win the gold medal. In other medal matches, the U.S. women’s team of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross won the bronze medal while the U.S. men’s team of Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena fell in their bronze medal match. Left: April Ross, left, and Jennifer Kessy celebrate their bronze medal. (FIVB photo) Right: Jake Gibb, left, and Sean Rosenthal stand atop the podium. (FIVB photo)

Gibb and Rosenthal won their second FIVB medal of the season after taking the silver at the Shanghai Grand Slam. “I can’t believe it really,” Gibb said in an FIVB press release. “It was a big win for us here. They are the world champions and in my opinion the best in the world and we got lucky tonight. “This is our first grand slam and it is something I haven’t done in 12 years of my career, so it is a very special moment.” Fuerbringer and Lucena, seeded No. 12, who had been battling Gibb and Rosenthal for the second nomination to the U.S. Olympic Team, lost in the bronze medal match to Switzerland’s No. 25 Sasha Heyer and Sebastian Chevalier, 23-21, 21-13 in 41 minutes. In the women’s event in Rome, Kessy and Ross won their first FIVB medal of the season with a 21-17, 15-21, 15-13 victory in 59 minutes in the bronze medal match over fifth-seeded Marta Menegatti and Greta Cicolari of Italy.

Angie Akers recieves the ball as Brittany Hochevar gets ready to make a play. (FIVB photo)

Men’s Results June 13-17 smart Grand Slam Rome, Italy 1. Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, USA 2. Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego, Brazil 3. Sascha Heyer and Sebastian Chevallier, Switzerland Other U.S. Results 4. Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena 33T (QT). Casey Jennings and Billy Strickland 33T (QT). Brad Keenan and John Mayer Women’s Results June 12-17: smart Grand Slam Rome, Italy 1. Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr, Switzerland 2. Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig, Germany 3. Jennifer Kessy and April Ross, USA Other U.S. Results 5T. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, USA 17T. Tyra Turner and Nicole Branagh 33T (QT). Angie Akers and Brittany Hochevar CQ. Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Niles

Left: Billy Strickland receives the ball. Right: John Mayer, right, attacks. (FIVB photo)

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2012 U.S. Beach Volleyball National Team Yearbook  

Season review of the U.S. Beach Volleyball National Teams including results in Olympic, FIVB, NORCECA and domestic events.

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