Jake Gibb, Sean Rosenthal upset by Poland in beach volleyball

Jacob Gibb of the United States walks off Jacob Gibb of the United States walks off the court after being upset by Poland during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 30, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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LONDON - Americans Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal lost to Poland in pool play Monday night, the first loss for the American men or women in beach volleyball at the London Olympics.

Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel, the No. 7 team in the Olympic rankings, beat the Americans 21-17, 21-18. The U.S. team is 1-1 in pool play with one remaining match on Wednesday; they might not need to win, but a victory could be necessary to avoid relegation to a "lucky loser" playoff.

"It is a big game against Latvia," Rosenthal said. "We'll be ready."

The Americans had beaten the Polish pair in straight sets at the Berlin Grand Slam event in mid-July.

"They made some big adjustments from the last time we played them," Gibb said.

Fijalek said it was obvious they needed to make changes if they were going to compete with the Americans, who were No. 4 in the world coming into the games.

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"Of course, because we lost very easy in Berlin," he said. "We watched that game many times. We played new beach volleyball."

In the men's competition, straight set victories went to Martin Spinnangr and Tarjei Viken Skarlund of Norway over Canadians Joshua Binstock and Martin Reader; Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Ruslans Sorokins of Latvia over Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmidt of South Africa and Ricardo Santos and Pedro Cunha of Brazil over Britain's Steve Grotowski and John Garcia-Thompson. Germany's Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann beat Wu Penggen and Xu Linyin of China 13-21, 21-19, 15-8.

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