Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 15, 2008) - The beach volleyball team of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers came up just shy of bringing the United States a second gold medal from the smart Grand Slam in Berlin, Germany on Sunday.
A day after Misty May-Treanor (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh (Santa Clara, Calif.) set a SWATCH FIVB World Tour team mark for gold-medal finishes at 32, Brazilians Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos tied their mark with a hard-fought 25-27, 21-19, 15-13 victory in 73 minutes over Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) at the US$600,000 SWATCH FIVB World Tour in front of Berlin's main train station at the Washingtonplatz.
Sunday's match was the 10th between the two teams with the Brazilians leading 6-4. In gold-medal meetings with Rogers and Dalhausser, Emanuel and Ricardo hold a 3-1 edge. Both pairs have won world championships, with Emanuel and Ricardo winning in 2003 and Dalhausser and Rogers taking the title last year in Switzerland.
To advance to the afternoon finale Sunday, both teams had to win semifinal matches in the morning. Dalhausser and Rogers outlasted 17th-seeded Pablo Herrera and Raul Mesa of Spain (16-21, 21-18, 15-13) in 67 minutes. Emanuel and Ricardo scored a 15-21, 21-14, 15-9 win in 58 minutes over second-seeded Julius Brink and Christoph Dieckmann of Germany.
In the bronze-medal match, Herrera and Mesa gained their first SWATCH FIVB World Tour podium placement with a 21-19, 21-16 win in 49 minutes over Brink and Dieckmann.
The next stop on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour starts Monday in Paris for the second of six Grand Slam events on the 2008 calendar. Grand Slam events are worth more money and more Olympic qualifying points than open tournaments.
There is more information on the FIVB beach volleyball site at www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVolleyball/index.asp.