U.S. Men's Beach Teams Begin Main Draw

July 09, 2009, 6:12 p.m. (ET)

Maura Gladys
Intern, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6886
E-Mail: maura.gladys@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 9, 2009) -U.S. men's beach volleyball teams matched the U.S. women's success, going undefeated at the 2009 Gstaad Grand Slam, part of the SWATCH FIVB World Tour, in Switzerland.

The teams of Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) /Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) /Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Casey Jennings (Las Vegas, Nev.) /Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.) all finished with 2-0 records with one match remaining in pool play.

Rogers and Dalhausser beat Martin Laciga and Jefferson Bellaguarda of Switzerland, 2-1 (25-23, 15-21, 15-10) in their first match, and took down Aleksandrs Samoilous and Ruslans Sorokins of Latvia, 2-0 (21-17, 21-18) in their second match. They will face 13th-seeded Rivo Vesik and Kristjan Kais of Estonia.

Gibb and Rosenthal faced off against Linyin Xu and Jialu Li of China in their first match of the day, and were victorious by a score of 2-1 (19-21, 23-21, 15-12). They took on Mykola Babich and Sergiy Mykhaylov of the Ukraine in their second match, and won, 2-0 (21-17, 21-17). They now have the daunting task of facing top-seeded Harley Marques Silva and Alison Cerruti of Brazil for their last match of pool play.

Jennings and Fuerbringer disposed of Igor Hernandez and Jesus Fañe of Venezuela, 2-0 (21-17, 21-16) and continued to roll in their second match, beating Mariano Baracetti and José Luis Salema Abrantes of Argentina 2-0 (21-19, 21-16). Their last game of pool play will be against 10th seeded Philip Gabathuler and Jan Schnider of Switzerland.

Pool play will conclude July 10, with the first elimination round beginning the same day.

On the women's side, Jen Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) beat Vasiliki Arvaniti and Maria Tsiartsiani of Greece, 2-0 (21-19, 21-15) in their final game of pool play. Their 3-0 record was good enough to earn them a bye into the second round, where they will play Isabelle Forrer and Sarah Schmocker of Switzerland.

Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) and Elaine Youngs (El Toro, Calif.) defeated Marleen Van Iersel and Sanne Keizer of the Netherlands, 2-0 (21-13, 22-20) earning them a bye into the second round where they will face Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr of Switzerland.

Angie Akers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Tyra Tuner (Fort Meyers Beach, Fla.) lost to Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler of Germany in a tight, 2-1 (21-19, 12-23, 15-13) match in pool play. The loss meant that they would have to play in the first elimination round against Daniela Gioria and Guilia Momoli of Italy where they lost, 2-0 (21-16, 21-19), eliminating them from the tournament.

Play continues tomorrow with the final pool play match and first elimination round for the men and the second and third rounds for the women.

Matches can be seen live at Universal Sports.

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