Jacob Gibb

Jacob Gibb

Nickname
Gibb
Birth Date
01/01/0001
Birth Place
Unknown
Height
201 cm
Weight
93 kg

Stafford Slick’s response to this story – and the accompanying one on Phil Dalhausser – was exactly what you’d expect from an American blocker not named Jake Gibb or Phil Dalhausser. 

“They’re annoying,” he wrote. “And I don’t like them.”

He’s joking, of course, though like any joke, there’s at least a kernel of half-truth in there. It is undeniably annoying, at the very least, for any American blocker to have competed against Dalhausser and Gibb this past decade, particularly when that decade happens to be your athletic prime as well. 

Actually, Slick wrote, “don’t you mean two decades?” 

Ah, yes, yes we do. Two decades is, incredibly, nearly how long their dominance as the unquestioned top blockers in the United States has been. It’s Gibb, however, who’s technically been at it longer, Gibb who won first. 

Austin of 2004 is when Gibb claimed victory. His first match of that tournament? Against a wiry young man named Phil Dalhausser. 

Prior to that win, Ryan Mariano had the best laid plans for his future. In 2003, he had been splitting his time between playing professionally indoors overseas before returning to the beach to finish out the AVP season. Gibb had recently moved from Utah to Southern California, was still somewhat unknown, somewhat raw. Mariano was going to be the first to discover him.  

“I had just gotten done playing at Laguna Beach,” Mariano said. “This tall gangly guy is sitting there, and he’s peppering with his wife. I had to take my bike to the beach, and so I was gonna play until the sun goes down. 

“And so I asked him to play and he said yes and then we played a couple games, then we started practicing together, then I talked to Karch [Kiraly]. I said I got this new guy from Utah, would you mind if I brought him to practice? So we played against Karch, against Mike Lambert and Larry Witt.”

Just like that, Gibb was in with the best players in the country, and in Kiraly, the greatest legend the beach game has known. And Gibb was hanging with them. 

“I said I’m gonna go to Europe for one more year, then I’ll come back and we’ll play together,” Mariano said. “But then he goes and wins Austin with Adam Jewell. And I’m like ‘I’m never gonna be able to play with this kid again.’”

His prediction proved, unfortunately for Mariano, prescient. Stein Metzger, an Olympian in the 2004 Athens Games, scooped up Gibb. A decade and a half of dominance began. 

Since Gibb began competing overseas, on the FIVB with Metzger, there have only ever been two American blockers to represent the United States in the Olympic Games: Jake Gibb, and Phil Dalhausser. At first blush, you may think this is due to a dearth of talented blockers in the United States. It is not. 

Over the previous four quads, Gibb has had to outlast Matt Fuerbringer in both 2008 and 2012, a blocker with eight AVP wins to his name, who finished ranked as high as No. 7 in the world in 2012. 

Gibb never expected to continue playing beyond London. Yet Casey Patterson called, and they just…kept…winning. Four straight AVPs did they win in their first year together. They returned home with a gold in their second FIVB, in Shanghai in 2013. 

As the Rio Games drew closer, they were miles ahead of the next U.S. team, especially with Dalhausser swapping partners at the last minute, from Sean Rosenthal to his good buddy, Nick Lucena. 

Sure, he could do Rio, too. 

But that had to be it, right? Twelve years of winning tournaments, of traveling the world, of three Olympic Games – it was the end of the road. 

Then another kid called. Taylor Crabb, a quicksilver fast bug from Hawai’i. And they, too, began winning. In just their second AVP tournament as a team, they won in New York City. It was Crabb’s first victory as a player, an event that would set off a string of 10 more, all over the globe. 

It is the most recent victory that may be the most impressive, a 4-star in Chetumal, Mexico a little more than a year ago. They’d defeat a gauntlet of teams that included Poland’s Michal Bryl and Grzegorz Fijalek, Italy’s Adrian Carambula and Enrico Rossi, and, for gold, Dutch bombers Alex Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen. 

At the age of 43 years, nine months, and 12 days, Gibb became the oldest player to win an FIVB event. 

Fifteen years, six months, and 16 days after winning his first professional tournament, Gibb continues doing just that: Winning. Just one decade of dominance, of influence, of forcing the next generation of American blockers to improve, to step up, to evolve? 

Nah, Gibb’s been here for nearly two. 

It’s a love-hate relationship American blockers have with the 44-year-old: Gibb was, and is, the guy they grew up watching, wanting to emulate. Now he’s the guy they want to beat, but so rarely do. 

For six more months, until the end of the Tokyo Games, Gibb will remain at the top of the American blocking totem pole with Dalhausser. Then he’ll take his rightful place in the subjective record books as one of the greatest of all time. 

“Just the thought of no Jake or Phil,” Lucena said, before trailing off. 

It’s impossible to imagine, for nobody has had to ponder it since 2004 – nearly two decades of dominance.

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Career

Season Date Type Tournament (country) Partners Rank Prize Money US$ Earned Points
1 2020 March 9 WT4* Doha (QA) Crabb Ta. 5 6,000.00 480
2 2019 November 13 WT4* Chetumal (MX) Crabb Ta. 1 20,000.00 800
3 2019 October 4 CCH Boca Chica (DO) Crabb Ta. 1 0.00 600
4 2019 September 4 WTF Rome (World Tour Finals) (IT) Crabb Ta. 4 16,000.00 840
5 2019 August 14 WT4* Moscow (RU) Crabb Ta. 9 4,000.00 400
6 2019 July 30 WT5* Vienna (AT) Crabb Ta. 9 8,000.00 600
7 2019 July 24 WT4* Tokyo (JP) Crabb Ta. 19 2,800.00 300
8 2019 July 18 WT4* Espinho (PT) Crabb Ta. 17 3,000.00 320
9 2019 July 9 WT5* Gstaad (CH) Crabb Ta. 9 8,000.00 600
10 2019 June 28 WCH WCH Hamburg (DE) Crabb Ta. 9 11,000.00 800
11 2019 April 24 WT4* Xiamen (CN) Crabb Ta. 9 4,000.00 400
12 2019 March 6 WT3* Sydney (AU) Crabb Ta. 5 3,000.00 360
13 2018 October 17 WT4* Las Vegas (US) Crabb Ta. 5 6,000.00 480
14 2018 August 8 WT4* Moscow (RU) Crabb Ta. 9 4,000.00 400
15 2018 July 31 WT5* Vienna (AT) Crabb Ta. 5 12,000.00 720
16 2018 July 10 WT5* Gstaad (CH) Crabb Ta. 4 16,000.00 840
17 2018 July 5 WT4* Espinho (PT) Crabb Ta. 17 3,000.00 320
18 2018 June 27 WT4* Warsaw (PL) Crabb Ta. 17 3,000.00 320
19 2018 May 1 WT4* Huntington Beach (US) Crabb Ta. 25 1,500.00 0
20 2018 April 18 WT4* Xiamen (CN) Crabb Ta. 9 4,000.00 400
21 2018 March 6 WT4* Doha (QA) Crabb Ta. 9 4,000.00 400
22 2018 February 27 WT5* Fort Lauderdale (US) Crabb Ta. 9 8,000.00 600
23 2017 July 28 WCH Vienna (AT) Crabb Ta. 17 7,000.00 320
24 2017 July 13 OTH Long Beach Presidents Cup (US) Crabb Ta. 5 0.00 0
25 2017 July 4 WT5* Gstaad (CH) Crabb Ta. 9 8,000.00 360
26 2017 June 27 WT5* Porec (HR) Crabb Ta. 5 12,000.00 480
27 2017 May 31 WT3* Moscow (RU) Crabb Ta. 25 1,000.00 90
28 2017 May 17 WT4* Rio de Janeiro (BR) Crabb Ta. 5 6,000.00 320
29 2017 February 7 WT5* Fort Lauderdale (US) Crabb Ta. 5 12,000.00 480
30 2016 August 23 GS Long Beach (US) Patterson 17 7,000.00 240
31 2016 August 6 OG Men's Olympic Game - Rio 2016 (BR) Patterson 19 0.00 0
32 2016 July 5 MJS Gstaad (CH) Patterson 5 17,000.00 480
33 2016 June 28 MJS Porec (HR) Patterson 5 17,000.00 480
34 2016 June 15 GS Olsztyn (PL) Patterson 4 24,000.00 560
35 2016 June 7 MJS Hamburg (DE) Patterson 5 17,000.00 480
36 2016 May 24 GS Moscow (RU) Patterson 4 24,000.00 560
37 2016 May 17 OPEN Cincinnati (US) Patterson 5 3,375.00 300
38 2016 April 26 OPEN Fortaleza (BR) Patterson 5 3,375.00 300
39 2016 April 4 OPEN Doha (QA) Patterson 5 3,375.00 300
40 2016 March 15 OPEN Vitoria (BR) Patterson 9 2,000.00 240
41 2016 March 8 GS Rio (BR) Patterson 9 11,000.00 360
42 2015 November 20 CCH TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (TT) Patterson 8 0.00 300
43 2015 October 6 OPEN Puerto Vallarta (MX) Patterson 9 2,000.00 240
44 2015 September 29 WTF Fort Lauderdale (US) Patterson 7 7,500.00 0
45 2015 August 26 GS Olsztyn (PL) Patterson 2 43,000.00 720
46 2015 August 18 GS Long Beach (US) Patterson 25 4,000.00 160
47 2015 July 21 GS Yokohama (JP) Patterson 5 17,000.00 480
48 2015 July 8 MJS Gstaad (CH) Patterson 9 11,000.00 360
49 2015 June 26 WCH Beach Volleyball Men WCHs (NL) Patterson 5 18,000.00 600
50 2015 June 16 GS St. Petersburg (US) Patterson 1 57,000.00 800
51 2015 June 10 MJS Stavanger (NO) Patterson 17 7,000.00 240
52 2015 June 3 MJS Porec (HR) Patterson 9 11,000.00 360
53 2015 May 26 GS Moscow (RU) Patterson 9 11,000.00 360
54 2014 November 14 CT TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (TT) 2 0.00 450
55 2014 September 23 GS Sao Paulo / Men (BR) Patterson 9 11,000.00 360
56 2014 August 20 GS Stare Jablonki / Men (PL) Patterson 3 32,000.00 640
57 2014 July 30 GS Klagenfurt / Men (AT) Patterson 9 11,000.00 360
58 2014 July 22 GS Long Beach / Men (US) Patterson 9 14,000.00 360
59 2014 July 15 GS The Hague / Men (NL) Patterson 9 14,000.00 360
60 2014 July 9 GS Gstaad (CH) Patterson 9 11,000.00 360
61 2014 June 25 GS Stavanger (NO) Patterson 17 7,000.00 240
62 2014 June 18 GS Berlin (DE) Patterson 17 7,000.00 240
63 2014 June 11 GS Moscow (RU) Patterson 9 11,000.00 360
64 2014 April 29 GS Shanghai (CN) Patterson 5 17,000.00 480
65 2013 October 22 GS Xiamen (CN) Patterson 5 10,000.00 480
66 2013 October 8 GS Sao Paulo (BR) Patterson 5 10,000.00 480
67 2013 August 6 GS Berlin (DE) Patterson 9 5,500.00 400
68 2013 July 22 GS Long Beach (US) Patterson 4 12,900.00 560
69 2013 July 10 GS Gstaad (CH) Patterson 3 16,500.00 640
70 2013 July 2 WCH Stare Jablonki (PL) Patterson 17 7,000.00 400
71 2013 June 18 GS Rome (IT) Patterson 9 5,500.00 400
72 2013 June 11 GS The Hague (NL) Patterson 5 10,000.00 480
73 2013 May 29 CCUP Campinas (BR) Patterson 2 35,000.00 0
74 2013 May 22 GS Corrientes (AR) Patterson 2 22,000.00 720
75 2013 April 30 GS Shanghai (CN) Patterson 1 33,000.00 800
76 2013 April 23 OPEN Fuzhou (CN) Patterson 9 4,000.00 250
77 2012 August 15 GS Stare Jablonki (PL) Rosenthal 4 18,400.00 560
78 2012 July 28 OG Olympic Games 2012 (GB) Rosenthal 5 0.00 0
79 2012 July 18 GS Klagenfurt (AT) Rosenthal 3 23,000.00 640
80 2012 July 10 GS Berlin (DE) Rosenthal 2 29,500.00 720
81 2012 July 4 GS Gstaad (CH) Rosenthal 1 43,500.00 800
82 2012 June 13 GS Rome (IT) Rosenthal 1 43,500.00 800
83 2012 June 8 GS Moscow (RU) Rosenthal 5 13,200.00 480
84 2012 May 23 OPEN Prague (CZ) Rosenthal 9 6,000.00 240
85 2012 May 9 GS Beijing (CN) Rosenthal 4 18,400.00 560
86 2012 May 2 GS Shanghai (CN) Rosenthal 2 29,500.00 720
87 2012 April 25 OPEN Myslowice (PL) Rosenthal 5 9,100.00 360
88 2012 April 18 OPEN Brasilia (BR) Rosenthal 9 6,000.00 240
89 2011 October 5 OPEN Agadir (MA) Rosenthal 9 6,000.00 240
90 2011 August 24 OPEN The Hague (NL) Rosenthal 7 7,600.00 300
91 2011 August 17 OPEN Aland (FI) Rosenthal 25 2,000.00 60
92 2011 August 3 GS Klagenfurt (AT) Rosenthal 17 5,100.00 160
93 2011 July 27 GS Stare Jablonki (PL) Rosenthal 5 13,200.00 480
94 2011 July 20 OPEN Québec (CA) Rosenthal 3 15,000.00 480
95 2011 July 13 GS Moscow (RU) Rosenthal 17 5,100.00 160
96 2011 July 6 GS Gstaad (CH) Rosenthal 17 5,100.00 160
97 2011 June 29 GS Stavanger (NO) Rosenthal 5 13,200.00 480
98 2011 June 13 WCH Rome (IT) Rosenthal 17 7,000.00 200
99 2011 June 7 GS Beijing (CN) Rosenthal 9 8,000.00 320
100 2011 May 18 OPEN Prague (CZ) Rosenthal 17 2,800.00 120
101 2011 May 3 OPEN Shanghai (CN) Rosenthal 2 21,000.00 540
102 2011 April 19 OPEN Brasilia (BR) Rosenthal 17 2,800.00 120
103 2010 August 4 GS Stare Jablonki (PL) Rosenthal 5 13,200.00 480
104 2010 July 28 GS Klagenfurt (AT) Rosenthal 5 13,200.00 480
105 2010 July 7 GS Gstaad (CH) Rosenthal 5 13,200.00 480
106 2010 June 30 GS Stavanger (NO) Rosenthal 17 5,100.00 160
107 2010 June 16 OPEN Prague (CZ) Rosenthal 5 9,100.00 360
108 2010 June 9 GS Moscow (RU) Rosenthal 9 8,000.00 320
109 2010 May 26 OPEN Myslowice (PL) Rosenthal 17 2,800.00 120
110 2010 May 19 GS Rome (IT) Rosenthal 17 5,100.00 160
111 2010 May 4 OPEN Shanghai (CN) Rosenthal 9 6,000.00 240
112 2010 April 21 OPEN Brasilia (BR) Rosenthal 9 6,000.00 240
113 2009 July 29 GS Klagenfurt (AT) Rosenthal 9 8,000.00 320
114 2009 July 21 GS Marseille (FR) Rosenthal 9 6,600.00 320
115 2009 July 8 GS Gstaad (CH) Rosenthal 17 5,100.00 160
116 2009 June 26 WCH Stavanger (NO) Rosenthal 9 11,000.00 400
117 2009 May 27 OPEN Myslowice (PL) Rosenthal 3 15,000.00 480
118 2009 April 22 OPEN Brasilia (BR) Rosenthal 13 4,250.00 180
119 2008 August 9 OG Beijing (CN) Rosenthal 5 0.00 0
120 2008 July 2 GS Moscow (RU) Rosenthal 17 5,100.00 160
121 2008 June 25 GS Stavanger (NO) Rosenthal 5 13,200.00 480
122 2008 June 18 GS Paris (FR) Rosenthal 9 8,000.00 320
123 2008 June 11 GS Berlin (DE) Rosenthal 9 8,000.00 320
124 2008 May 21 OPEN Zagreb (HR) Rosenthal 7 7,000.00 300
125 2008 May 14 OPEN Roseto degli Abruzzi (IT) Rosenthal 9 5,500.00 240
126 2008 May 7 OPEN Prague (CZ) Rosenthal 1 28,000.00 600
127 2008 March 26 OPEN Adelaide (AU) Rosenthal 4 10,500.00 420
128 2007 September 26 OPEN Fortaleza (BR) Rosenthal 13 4,500.00 180
129 2007 August 1 GS Klagenfurt (AT) Rosenthal 9 8,000.00 320
130 2007 July 24 WCH Gstaad (CH) Rosenthal 5 18,000.00 600
131 2007 July 11 GS Berlin (DE) Rosenthal 17 5,100.00 160
132 2007 June 27 GS Stavanger (NO) Rosenthal 17 5,100.00 160
133 2007 June 20 GS Paris (FR) Rosenthal 5 13,200.00 480
134 2006 October 24 OPEN Acapulco (MX) Rosenthal 1 32,000.00 600
135 2006 September 27 OPEN Vitoria (BR) Rosenthal 2 22,000.00 540
136 2006 August 2 GS Klagenfurt (AT) Rosenthal 9 7,750.00 320
137 2006 July 26 GS Paris (FR) 2 28,300.00 720
138 2006 June 21 GS Gstaad (CH) Rosenthal 5 14,400.00 480
139 2006 May 31 OPEN Zagreb (HR) Rosenthal 25 2,000.00 60
140 2005 November 23 OPEN Cape Town (ZA) Metzger 3 16,000.00 320
141 2005 October 25 OPEN Acapulco (MX) Metzger 9 6,000.00 160
142 2005 October 19 OPEN Salvador de Bahia (BR) Metzger 3 16,000.00 320
143 2005 August 3 GS Klagenfurt (AT) Metzger 7 10,750.00 280
144 2005 July 27 GS Paris (FR) Metzger 2 27,500.00 504
145 2005 July 13 OPEN Espinho (PT) Metzger 5 10,000.00 240
146 2005 June 22 WCH Berlin (DE) Metzger 13 10,500.00 300