B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
BEIJING (Aug. 16, 2008) – The U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) fought its way back from a 0-6 deficit in the third set to defeat Martin Laciga and Jan Schnider of Switzerland, 21-16, 21-23, 15-13, and advance to the Olympic quarterfinals on Saturday at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Grounds.
Dalhausser and Rogers, ranked second, will face Germany’s David Klemperer and Eric Koreng in the quarterfinals on Monday, Aug. 18. Klemperer and Koreng, ranked eighth, advanced by upsetting the top-ranked Chinese team of Penggen Wu and Linyin Xu.
"When we were losing 0-6, I was bummed. But I still felt that we had a shot," Rogers said. "I never thought we would lose."
Rogers finished the match with 22 kills and eight digs. Dalhausser had 12 kills and five blocks. The match was the longest of the day at 1 hour, 2 minutes.
After winning a hard-fought second set, Laciga and Schnider jumped to a 6-0 lead as they struggled with Laciga’s serving. A kill by Dalhausser finally stopped the attack and gave Rogers the serve. Rogers served for four more points and the U.S. team was back in business.
The set continued with the Swiss taking a one-point lead and the U.S. team catching up until the score was 10-10. Team USA took its first lead on a Dalhausser kill after a rally. A Swiss error made it 12-10 and Laciga’s hitting error gave the United States a three-point lead. Switzerland pulled to within one point at 13-12, but the U.S. reached match point on a Rogers kill. Laciga blocked Dalhausser to hold off the loss, but a final Rogers kill after a rally gave the United States the victory.
"I still can’t believe we won," Dalhausser said. "I feel so lucky."
In the first set, the teams were tied 5-5 when the U.S. took a one-point lead on a Rogers kill and made it two points on a Swiss team error after a long rally. Laciga and Schnider could not put together a rally to catch up.
The Swiss kept the score closer in the second set as neither team every led by more than two points. With the score tied at 21-21, Schnider scored with an attack and Laciga followed up with an ace to win the set.
Schedule and Results
Aug. 9: Samoilovs/Plavins LAT  def. Rogers/Dalhausser USA , 2-0 (21-19, 21-18), 0:49
Aug. 11: Rogers/Dalhausser USA  def. Heyer/Heuscher SUI , 2-0 (21-15, 21-10), 0:41
Aug. 13: Rogers/Dalhausser USA  def. Conde/Baracetti ARG , 21-12, 21-13
Round of 16
Aug. 16: Rogers-Dalhausser USA  def. Laciga M.-Schnider SUI  2-1 (21-16, 21-23, 15-13) 1:02