Dalhausser, Rogers Strike Gold Again

Aug. 02, 2009, 12:19 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 2, 2009) – The USA Volleyball beach team of Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) came back from a disappointing second set to win the men’s gold medal at the US$600,000 A1 Beach Volleyball Grand Slam Presented by Volksbank.

The 42nd meeting between Brazil and the United States did not disappoint the overflowing crowd of more than 6,000 fans on the Metnitzstrand centre court at Lake Wörthersee.

In winning their second-straight SWATCH FIVB World Tour Grand Slam gold medal after topping the podium last Sunday in Marseille, France, the third-seeded Dalhausser and Rogers scored a 2-1 (21-19, 12-21, 15-12) win in 64 minutes over second-seeded Alison Cerutti and Harley Marques of Brazil to share the $43,500 first-place prize.

In winning their eighth SWATCH FIVB World Tour gold medal match in 11 finales, Dalhausser and Rogers also avenged a semifinal loss to Alison and Harley in the 2009 season opening event in Brasilia. On their road to Sunday’s final, Dalhausser and Rogers also defeated Brazilian rivals and Beijing 2008 Olympic final opponent Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes on Saturday afternoon.

Dalhausser and Rogers prevented a Brazilian sweep of the A1 Beach Volleyball Grand Slam gold medals as Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca captured the women’s title Saturday by defeating Americans Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs.

Dalhausser and Rogers advanced to the gold medal match by dethroning defending A1 Beach Volleyball Grand Slam champions Dmitri Barsouk and Igor Kolodinsky of Russia with a 2-0 (21-15, 21-15) semifinal victory in 44 minutes.

In regaining the leadership of the men’s 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Tour, Alison and Harley advanced to their fifth international gold medal match this season by scoring a 2-1 (19-21, 21-13, 17-15) semifinal victory in 62 minutes over eighth-seeded Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil of The Netherlands in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

In the bronze medal match, Nummerdor and Schuil defeated Barsouk and Kolodinsky, 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) in 42 minutes to share the $23,000 third-place prize while the Russians split $18,400. 

More information and a complete list of entries are available on the FIVB beach volleyball web site at www.fivb.org/en/BeachVolleyball/index.asp.