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Sean Rosenthal


Sean Rosenthal
  • 2012
  • 2008

Hometown: Redondo Beach, Calif.
Birth Year: 1980
Resides: Corona Del Mar, Calif.
Height: 6-3
College: None
Current Coach: Mike Dodd
Olympic Experience: 2008 men's beach volleyball (5th place), 2012 men's beach volleyball (5th place)
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INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – In their first season as a team, Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser won the FIVB Fuxhou Open in China and the Grand Slams in Rome and Long Beach, Calif. They finished second at the Sao Paulo Grand Slam. The team finished the season ranked 14th. 2012 – Sean Rosenthal and partner Jake Gibb finished the season as the FIVB SWATCH World Tour champions with 5,280 points. They finished 100 points ahead of the second-place Brazilian team of Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego…  Gibb and Rosenthal finished fifth at the 2012 Olympic Games. They won their pool with a 2-1 record. Defeated Russia’s Konstantin Semenov and Serguei Prokopiev, 21-14, 22-20 in the first round. Fell to Latvia’s Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins, 19-21, 21-18, 15-11 in the quarterfinals... Rosenthal and Gibb battled Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena for an Olympic berth. Gibb and Rosenthal finally clinched the spot with the points they earned by reaching the semifinals of the Rome Grand Slam. Then they went on to win the tournament, getting their first Grand Slam victory... The win marked the highest career finish for the duo on the FIVB World Tour... They earned their second career FIVB Grand Slam gold medal in Gstaad, Switzerland... Gibb and Rosenthal took silver in Berlin and bronze in Klagenfurt before heading straight to London for the Olympic Games. 2011- Sean Rosenthal and partner Jake Gibb took 17th-place at Brazil to open the season...At the next stop on the tour, they played in their first semifinal match since 2009, and walked away with a silver medal...The semifinal appearence ended a 15-event streak of not playing in a semifinal match...The duo went on to finish 17th at the World Championship, but bounced back and placed third at Quebec...They finished the season in a close race with fellow U.S. teammates Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena for the second spot on the U.S. Olympic beach team. 2010 – Sean and partner Jake Gibb competed in 10 FIVB events, finishing fifth four times (Prague Open [6/15-20] and FIVB Grand Slams in Gstaad [7/6-11], Klagenfurt [7/27-8/1] and Stare Jablonki [8/3-8])… They also finished ninth three times and 17th three times. The team finished with total winnings of $40,850 and a main draw match record of 27-20. 2009 – Sean and partner Jake Gibb competed in six FIVB World Tour events, with their best finish a third place in Myslowice, Poland. They placed ninth at the World Championship. They won $24,975. 2008 – Sean and partner Jake Gibb, ranked seventh, finished the 2008 Olympic Games tied for fifth after losing to Brazil's third-seeded Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego, 21-18, 21-16, in the quarterfinals. They finished with a record of 4-1. Sean was fourth among all diggers in the tournament with 38 digs in five matches. He was 12th among hitters with 73 kills... Sean and partner Jake Gibb competed in eight FIVB events in 2008 as part of the Olympic qualifying process. They won the SWATCH FIVB World Tour event in Prague (May 6-11) but did not reach another podium. They secured the United States' second Olympic berth at the match in Moscow (July 1-6). Although Jake and Sean finished 17th, they accumulated enough points to stay ahead of Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings. Jake and Sean have earned $42,650 on the FIVB tour this year. 2007 – Sean and Jake played in six international events, with fifth being their best finish. They won $26,950; 2006 – Sean and Jake played in six international events, winning one and finishing second twice. They won $53,225;

DOMESTIC HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Rosenthal and Dalhausser won the AVP event in Salt Lake City, finished second at Manhattan Beach and Atlantic City and third in Cincinnati and St. Petersburg, Fla. 2012 – Prior to the final domestic tournament of the season in Huntington Beach, Sean announced that he would play with Phil Dalhausser in 2013. Sean and Jake Gibb went on to finish second in Huntington... Sean surpassed $1 million in career earnings in 2012... Jake and Sean won the AVP tournament in Santa Barbara and finished fifth at AVP Cincinnati and Jose Cuervo in Manhattan Beach. 2011 – Sean Rosenthal and partner Jake Gibb finished in second place at the NVL Miami Beach tournament, and earned a third-place finish at the Miami Pro Beach tournament...The duo took second place at the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series Hermosa Beach Open. 2010 – Sean and partner Jake Gibb played in six AVP events before the tour ceased operations on Aug. 13. Their best finish was second in Santa Barbara (4/29-5/2)… They finished third at Huntington Beach (6/3-6) and Long Beach (7/24-25)… They won a total of $22,850. 2009 – Sean and Jake Gibb played in 14 summer AVP tournaments and won one, gaining their first Manhattan Beach Open title as a team (Jake won with Stein Metzger in 2005). The pair also had for second-places and five thirds, good for $101,190. They finished the season ranked fifth. 2008 – Sean and Jake played in 12 summer AVP events and won three of them with three second places and two thirds. They won $96,500. They also won three out of seven Hot Winter Nights tournaments, good for $24,500… They won the AVP Cuervo Tournament and pocketed $12,500. 2007 – Sean and Jake played 17 AVP events, winning two, finishing second seven times and finishing third twice. They won $108,900. 2006 – Sean and Jake played 16 AVP events, winning one – the very first event they played together – finishing second five times and finishing third once. They won $95,650. 2005 – Sean and Larry Witt played 14 AVP tournaments, finishing second once and third four times. They won $59,200. 2004 – Sean and Larry Witt played in 12 tournaments, winning one, finishing second twice and finishing third once. They won $31,410. 2003 – Sean and Larry Witt played in nine AVP events, winning one and finishing third twice. They won $22,895. 2000-02 – Sean and a variety of partners played 20 events but did not reach the podium. Combined, they won $12,720. 1997 – Sean was 16 when he made his AVP debut with Dale Smith.

PERSONAL: Born Sean Michael Rosenthal in 1980 in Torrance, Calif. ... Mother's name is Laura Hurlburt... Has five brothers and one sister... Rosenthal and girlfriend Kayce Matthess welcomed a daughter in January 2014... Rosenthal attended Redondo Beach Union High School and graduated in 1998... He did not play organized volleyball, but grew up playing beach volleyball... Enjoys playing all sports, especially golf and basketball.... He has a local legion of fans in the South Bay, known as "Rosie's Raiders."... He trains regularly in Hermosa Beach... Sean's nickname is Superman… Sean had surgery to repair ligaments in his right wrist at the end of the 2009 season.

PARTNERS: 2013 – Phil Dalhausser 2012 – Jake Gibb 2011 – Jake Gibb 2010 – Jake Gibb. 2009 – Jake Gibb. 2008 - Jake Gibb. 2007 – Jake Gibb. 2006 – Jake Gibb. 2005 – Larry Witt. 2004 – Larry Witt. 2003 – Larry Witt. 2002 – Mark Williams. 2001 – Casey Jennings/Jeff Carlucci/Mark Williams 2000 – Jeff Carlucci.

HONORS: 2012 – FIVB Most Outstanding Player... FIVB Team of the Year (with Jake Gibb)... FIVB Tour Champion (with Jake Gibb). 2007 – AVP Best Defensive Player. 2006 – FIVB Top Rookie. 2002 – AVP Best Server.

Updated January 2014

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