FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam

Latvians Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins celebrate the victory over Gibb and Patterson in the Corrientes Grand Slam.


The Corrientes Grand Slam marked the first time the FIVB hosted an event in the Argentinian city. On the men's side, Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson came only a few points short of winning gold again. They were defeated by the Latvian duo of Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins in two sets, 21-16, 21-19. Both the Latvians and Gibb-Patterson are new partnerships, teaming up at the start of this FIVB season. To get to the final, Gibb-Patterson played a grueling match against the Italian team Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo that went to 17-15 in the third game and lasted 55 minutes.

Todd Rogers and Ryan Doherty and Nick Lucena and Brad Keenan were eliminated in the first round of the single elimination tournament.

1. Smedins - Samoilovs LAT [9]
2. Gibb - Patterson USA [7]
3. Nicolai - Lupo ITA [3]


Madelein Meppelink and Sophie van Gestel of the Netherlands swept the Corrientes Grand Slam, finishing undefeated atop the medal stand. It was the duo's first FIVB gold and only their 16th FIVB tournament total. Only 23 and 21, the young team placed fifth at the London Olympics.

April Ross and Jen Kessy were again the only American women's team to make it past the first round of single elimination play. Falling just short of the medal stand, Ross-Kessy lost in the bronze medal match to Maria Clara Rufino and Carol Salgado of Brazil.

1. Meppelink - van Gestel NED [5]
2. Agatha - Antonelli BRA [6]
3. Maria Clara - Carol BRA [16]

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