Redondo High alumnus Sean Rosenthal and partner Jake Gibb are going back to the Olympics, and this time they might be peaking at the right time.
The Americans clinched enough points for a trip to the London Games on Saturday when they beat Latvia in the quarterfinals of an FIVB Grand Slam event in Rome – the final event of a two-year qualifying process. That made it impossible for the No. 3 U.S. team, Nick Lucena and Matt Fuerbringer, to pass them.
Each country can send a maximum of two men’s teams and two women’s teams to the Olympics.
“It’s kind of like a golfer that’s getting his swing right into a groove heading into a major,” their coach, Mike Dodd, said in a telephone interview from Rome. “These guys have been building, each weekend a better and better finish.”
Defending Olympic gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser had already clinched a berth in London, as had Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (Hermosa Beach), the No. 1 U.S. women’s team and the two-time defending Olympic champions. The other U.S. team is first-timers April Ross and Jennifer Kessy (both former USC standouts).
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