Top-seeded Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson, who had won four consecutive beach volleyball tournament titles, won't play for a fifth Sunday afternoon after being upset in their semifinal match, 19-21, 26-24, 15-13, by fourth-seeded Theodore Brunner and Nick Lucena.
In the men's final at the AVP Championships tournament in Huntington Beach, Brunner and Lucena will take on third-seeded Tri Bourne and 41-year-old John Hyden, who played in the 1996 Olympics.
Bourne and Hyden beat eighth-seeded Brad Keenan and John Mayer, 21-11, 21-18, in the other semifinal.
Gibb and Patterson, who went running into the ocean after the loss, wasted four match points. And the disappointed team must catch a midnight flight to China and head to an FIVB international tournament.
Still to come are the women's semifinals.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist
Walsh Jennings is tied with former partner