Dalhausser, Rogers Take Bronze at Worlds

July 05, 2009, 10:29 a.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 5, 2009) – The USA Volleyball men’s beach team of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers took the bronze medal at the 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Championships on Sunday in Stavanger, Norway.

Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.), the 2007 world champions and 2008 Olympic gold medalists, defeated sixth-seeded German pair of David Klemperer and Eric Koreng in the bronze medal match, 2-0 (21-11, 21-16) in 42 minutes.

Dalhausser and Rogers will share the third-place prize of $35,000.

In the gold medal match, Germany’s third-seeded team of Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann upset Brazil’s top-seeded Alison Cerutti and Harley Marques, 2-0 ( 21-16, 21-19) in 50 minutes.

Rogers saluted the Germans’ achievements prior to the gold medal match.

“What we've achieved in the last couple of years is incredible, but of course we wanted the gold medal,” Rogers said. “Germany finished fourth and is also in the run for the gold medal. What they've done is not an accident. They have a good junior system, and all four of the best Germans are quite young.”

Rogers and Dalhausser were angry after falling to Brink and Reckermann – 1-2 (17-21, 21-16, 10-15) in 67 minutes – in the semifinals and took their wrath out on Klemperer and Koreng, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first set. The German team never recovered.

Germany took a 3-0 lead in the second set, but Dalhausser and Rogers scored six straight points to take a 6-3 lead. Klemperer and Koreng eventually tied the score at 13-13, but the U.S. team used a 6-1 run to regain control and went on to win.

“To start off with 0-5 is not good,” Klemperer said. “Not much worked in this match for us. They came on angry for losing their final spot, and even if we defended like crazy, it was impossible to keep them away. Phil was serving really great in this match.”

More information and complete results and photos are available at http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVolleyball/index.asp.