Images: U.S. beach pair Gibbs, Patterson eliminated from Olympic tourney

[Editor’s note: Off the Block is partnering with Ball State at the Games to provide the volleyball community with in-depth coverage of the U.S. Men’s National Team as it competes for an Olympic gold medal.]

Jake Gibbs and former BYU opposite Casey Patterson lost to Spain’s Herrera Allepuz Pablo and Gavira Collado Adrian in three games on Wednesday morning in Rio. With this loss in its pool-play finale, the U.S. pair failed to advance to the knockout stage and was eliminated from the Olympic men’s beach volleyball tournament.

Check out the top images from Ball State at the Games photojournalists Rachel Brammer, Allison Coffin, Kellen Hazelip and Sarah Stier from this U.S. beach volleyball match and other beach volleyball matches from Wednesday morning.