BEIJING — The U.S. duo of Bountiful native Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal improved to 2-0 in the Beijing Olympics men's beach volleyball Group F standings with a 21-15, 21-13 win over Germany's Julius Brink and Christophe Dieckmann Tuesday night.

It was an upset of sorts for the ninth-seeded Americans, as they needed just the two-set minimum to down the sixth-seeded German pair.

"They were the number-one seed in our pool, so it was a big win for us," Gibb said.

With one more preliminary-pool match remaining on Thursday, Tuesday's late-night victory all but assures Gibb and Rosenthal a spot in the medal-round quarterfinals, since the other three teams in the group all have at least one loss.

Gibb finished with a match-high five blocks and added 11 kills to Rosenthal's 13.

Admitting that he and Rosenthal are "playing our best volleyball right now," Gibb put their little roll in Beijing in perspective.

"You don't win two matches and all of a sudden claim the title," he said.


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