Latvia knocks US men out of Olympic beach v'ball

Latvia knocks US men out of Olympic beach v'ball

Credit: (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: (L-R) Janis Smedins (playing partner of Martins Plavins) of Latvia hits a return past Jacob Gibb (playing partner of Sean Rosenthal) of the United States during the Men's Beach Volleyball a quarterfinal match between the United States and Latvia on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade August 6, 2012 in London, England.

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 3:51 PM

LONDON (AP) -- Americans Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal were knocked out of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament on Monday night by Latvia.

The Americans won the first set 21-19, then dropped two straight to Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins, 21-18, 15-11.

The other American men's team, Beijing gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, had already been eliminated.

Latvia will meet the reigning world champion Brazilian team of Emanuel and Alison, which escaped a set point in the third to beat Poland 21-17, 16-21, 17-15.

The United States is already guaranteed a medal in the women's bracket, with two-time gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor into the semifinals along with April Ross and Jennifer Kessy.

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