Olympics volleyball Wednesday: One other sweep for Gibb-Bourne, USA males down Tunisia

Tri Bourne reaches for the dig towards the Swiss on Wednesday/Ed Chan, VBshotscom

Maybe misplaced to the remainder of the Olympics world, what with USA gymnastics turmoil sending NBC into apoplexy and COVID rising and even Katie Ledecky dropping a race, the volleyball world has seen two nice American tales emerge.

One is Jordan Thompson, who in two USA ladies’s victories has 46 kills.

The opposite is the seashore staff of old-guy Jake Gibb and first-time Olympian Tri Bourne.

They did it once more Wednesday, sweeping a Swiss staff to enhance to 2-0 in pool play to ensure themselves a spot within the knockout spherical. Irrespective of how lengthy their run lasts, what they’ve performed to this point is unimaginable.

Additionally Wednesday, the USA males improved to 2-1 with a four-set indoors victory over Tunisia. They’re actually nicely positioned to get out of pool play as nicely after a day wherein their Pool B had some fascinating outcomes.


The USA ladies (2-0) and the aforementioned Thompson look to remain atop Pool B once they play Turkey (1-1). Additionally in Pool B,  Italy (2-0) performs Argentina, and China (0-2) performs ROC (1-1)

Two American pairs play Thursday in seashore volleyball.

Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil open the day at Shiokaze Park of their second Pool D match towards Kenyans Gaudencia Makokha and and Brackcides Khadambi. 

On the boys’s aspect, Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena wrap up their Pool D play once they face Argentina’s Julian Azaad and Nicolas Capogrosso. At 1-1, they want a victory to make sure stepping into the knockout spherical. In the event that they lose, they may advance, they may find yourself within the Fortunate Losers bracket, or be out fully.


The story is nicely documented, that Gibb’s long-time companion, Taylor Crabb, examined constructive and was changed on the final minute by Bourne, whose traditional companion is Crabb’s brother Trevor.

Gibb and Bourne had by no means performed collectively in match competitors earlier than, however now, after opening with a sweep earlier within the match over an Italian pair, they did it once more.

On Wednesday, Gibb and Bourne, seeded tenth, beat Twenty second-seeded Mirco Gerson and Adrian Heidrich of Switzerland 21-19, 23-21. 

“I’d give us a B-. I feel we’re each taking part in good volleyball and hopefully we begin jelling slightly bit extra,” Gibb mentioned. “However we’re rising. That went from a C+ to a B-. It’s a gradual enhance and you recognize what, it’s a gradual climb, however I feel we’re getting higher.”

Gerson was impressed.

“They performed very strong you see it additionally on the court docket, they’ve simply performed free,” Gerson mentioned. “Yeah, they only performed seashore volleyball and I feel at this time was like this confidence that they had slightly bit greater than us.

“We all know them each very nicely, nevertheless it’s nonetheless like, they play the identical seashore volleyball as they do with the conventional companion. However I feel the distinction is the mentality half. They’re simply taking part in seashore volleyball after which they’re actually strong, they take pleasure in each ball, they don’t care about errors.”

Wealthy Lambourne, the coach for Gibb and Bourne, was extraordinarily happy.

“What may need been wants by no means be mentioned once more,” Lambourne advised “The boys are doing an incredible job of being within the right here and now, rolling with the typically illogical curveballs being thrown out manner and simply specializing in the duty at hand, which is the following match.”

Of their case, it’s a tricky one, towards third-seeded Cherif Samba and Ahmed Tijan of Qatar. They’re additionally 2-0 after sweeping Italians Adrian Carambula and Enrico Rossi on Wednesday. In that match, Samba tweaked his knee and mentioned he was planning on getting an MRI.

“Yeah, I twisted it,” Samba mentioned. “Possibly we’re going to examine MRI to see what’s occurring. Now I’m heat, however let’s see tomorrow morning what now we have.”

One other seashore pair with American ties scored a giant uupset Wedneday. USC star Tina Graudina and Latvian teammate Anastasija Kravcenoka, coming off their defeat to Team Slaes, upset the fourth-seeded Brazilian pair of Ana Patricia Silva and Rebecca Cavalcanti 21-15, 12-21, 15-12.

There was a giant outcome late Wednesday night time when the Twelfth-seeded ROC’s Ilya Leshukov and Konstantin Semenov, who had by no means taken a set off their opponents, upset top-seeded Norwegians Anders Mol and Christian Sorum 21-19, 21-19. It left the Russians 3-0 and the Norwegians 2-1 after pool play.

Click on right here for all of Wednesday results from the 10 matches of beach action.

Along with Staff Slaes and Dalcena, one other match of be aware Thursday contains the opposite males’s Pool D match between Alison Cerutti and Alvaro Filho of Brazil versus Brouwer and Meeuwsen of the Netherlands. 

There are additionally two ladies’s matches involving each Canadian groups, when Agatha and Duda of Brazil play Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson, and Switzerland’s Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich towards Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes.

Click on right here for the complete 10-match Thursday beach schedule.

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The USA males ham it up after beating Tunisia/FIVB picture


The USA males, who opened with a win over France after which misplaced to ROC, got here again with a 25-14, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23 as TJ DeFalco had 21 kills and hit .444 after having 5 errors in 36 assaults.

“We have been upset with our play towards Russia,” USA coach John Speraw mentioned. “The difficulty with Tunisia is you’re taking part in a staff everybody expects you to beat. However they’ve good gamers. It’s about respect, and we gave that within the first set.

“Within the second we made a pair uncharacteristic errors within the center. A pair float serves caught us, we drop a set, and it’s a ballgame. Within the fourth we missed a bunch of serves on the finish.

“In males’s volleyball when you’re not hitting serves laborious you’ll lose. For those who miss serves you’ll lose. So how do you strike a steadiness? Towards Russia, our serving was tentative. At present, we blew too many serves. We’ve obtained to get higher at serving on this enviornment.”

DeFalco had two blocks, an ace, and 7 digs.

Taylor Sander had 14 kills with two errors in 20 swings and hit .600. He added a block, two aces, and 5 digs. 

Max Holt had 13 kills and hit .556 to go along with three blocks and 4 digs. Erik Shoji had 10 digs and Micah Christenson had 59 assists, a block, and 4 digs.

The boys are in motion once more Friday once they play Brazil. Brazil, the defending Olympic champion, was knocked off late Wednesday by ROC. Additionally in Pool B on Wednesday, Argentina went 5 to beat France.

After three matches, ROC leads Pool B at 3-0. The USA and Brazil are tied at 2-1, France and Argentina are 1-2, and Tunisia is 0-3. The highest 4 groups get out of pool play.

In Pool A, Italy beat Japan in 4, Canada swept Iran, and Korea swept Kenya.

Click on right here for Wednesday’s men’s results.

Click on right here for Thursday’s women’s schedule.


The topic of USA gymnast Simone Biles dropping out got here up within the post-match information convention.

Sander: “I discovered lots from competing on the Rio Olympics, the place there was virtually an excessive amount of power, an excessive amount of hype and by the primary whistle I used to be exhausted. This time round I deal with it like one other day on the volleyball court docket and belief the work I’ve put in. I attempt to block out stress by controlling what’s inside my management. I want Simone one of the best. Folks take care of various things, completely different feelings. She’ll come again stronger.”

Speraw: “We’re tremendous proactive. My mother was a psychologist, so my philosophy has at all times revolved across the psychological aspect of the sport. We now have a sports activities psychologist on employees, and we’re very open to dialog with our athletes. We’re very direct, so everybody is aware of what’s coming. We encourage our guys to make use of the assets, get assist, be sincere, be prepared to be weak, inform us how you feel now, not later.

“I feel the stress of the Olympics has grown considerably since 2008 due to social media. The athletes who embrace social media and the eye are saying: ‘I’m on the Olympic Video games, come take a look at me!’ That provides an exorbitant quantity of stress. Lots of people are out of the blue watching you carefully throughout the Olympics.

“The NBA guys have discovered to deal with that form of scrutiny all through an extended season yearly. For sure different sports activities, it’s very intense as soon as each 4 years. We would like our athletes to grasp it, address it and management it, so it doesn’t get out of hand.”

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Latvia’s Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka hustle for a mid-court ball/Ed Chan,

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