Dalhausser, Rogers Win All-American Battle

June 29, 2009, 5:30 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. (June 29, 2009) – The battle between the two 2008 USA Volleyball men’s Olympic beach teams was won by Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers on Monday at the SWATCH FIVB World Championships in Stavanger, Norway.

Playing in the second pool play match for both teams, second-ranked Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) defeated 23rd-seeded Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Fla.), 2-1 (21-14, 16-21, 15-8) in 52 minutes in an All-American Vaagen Harbour center court confrontation. 

Dalhausser and Rogers, who have won four of six international meetings with their American rivals, are 30-9 all-time against Gibb and Rosenthal.

Gibb and Rosenthal seemed to have the momentum in their favor coming out of the second set, but disagreed with a call early in the third set and quickly fell behind Dalhausser and Rogers.

“You got to play your best game if you to beat the best team in the world,” Gibb said. “Momentum streaks are big. Hopefully we get another shot at them in the finals. We have a lot of work ahead of us.”

Dalhausser and Rogers, at 2-0, can claim Pool B outright with a win Wednesday over 26th-seeded Jason Lochhead and Kirk Pitman of New Zealand. The Americans will be playing Lochhead and Pittman for the second-time on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour with Dalhausser and Rogers defeating the Kiwis in 2007 at Berlin.

Gibb and Rosenthal at 1-1 can still advance from the pool, but must defeat 47th-seeded Morais Abreu and Mario Silva of Angola on Wednesday.

Casey Jennings (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.) gained control of Pool H as the 17th-seeded Americans scored a 2-0 (21-9, 21-12) win over Austria’s Alexander Huber and Peter Gartmayer, ranked 41st. Jennings and Fuerbringer will try to make it 3-0 on Wednesday against eighth-seeded Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil of Netherlands.

In Pool D, Brad Keenan (Westminster, Calif.) and Nick Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), ranked 21st, picked up their first victory of the tournament with a 2-0 (21-10, 21-19) win in 39 minutes over Norway’s Iver Horrem and Björn Maaseide, ranked 45th. Keenan and Lucena will try for a winning record on Wednesday, when they face Brazil’s fourth-seeded Pedro Cunha and Pedro Salgado.

On the women’s side, U.S. Olympians Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) and Elaine Youngs (El Toro, Calif.), ranked fourth, defeated Canada’s 28th-seeded Marie-Andrée Lessard and Annie Martin on Monday, 2-1 (21-18, 17-21, 18-16) in 66 minutes.

“It’s our second (international) tournament this year, so we’re just trying to get back in our groove,” Branagh said. “I’m glad we pulled it out; it was very close. We stuck together. They were playing very good defense and we just stuck together, making very good plays for each other.”

Branagh and Youngs will face 21st-seeded Geeske Banck and Anja Gunther of Germany for the Pool D lead Wednesday. The Americans defeated Banck and Gunther last November in Thailand in the only meeting between the two teams.
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.

U.S. Schedule for FIVB World Championships

Pool Play
Pool B
June 27: Rogers-Dalhausser USA [2] def. Morais-Silva ANG [47], 2-0 (21-8, 21-11)
June 27: Gibb-Rosenthal USA [23] def. Lochhead-Pitman NZL [26], 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-13)
June 29: Rogers-Dalhausser USA [2] def. Gibb-Rosenthal USA [23], 2-1 (21-14, 16-21, 15-8)
July 1: Gibb-Rosenthal USA [23] vs. Morais-Silva ANG [47]
July 1: Rogers-Dalhausser USA [2] vs. Lochhead-Pitman NZL [26]

Pool D
June 27: Heyer-Heuscher SUI [28] def. Lucena-Keenan USA [21], 2-0 (21-17, 21-16)
June 29: Lucena-Keenan USA [21] def. Maaseide-Horrem NOR [45], 2-0 (21-10, 21-19)
July 1: Cunha-Pedro BRA [4] vs. Lucena-Keenan USA [21]

Pool H
June 27: Jennings-Fuerbringer USA [17] def. Varnier-Nicolai ITA [32], 2-1 (23-25, 21-16, 15-10)
June 29: Jennings-Fuerbringer USA [17] def. Huber-Gartmayer AUT [41], 2-0 (21-9, 21-12)
July 1: Nummerdor-Schuil NED [8] vs. Jennings-Fuerbringer USA [17]

Pool A
June 26: Ross-Kessy USA [1] def. Aas-Bjørkesett NOR [48], 2-0 (21-10, 21-13)
June 26: Minusa-Jursone LAT [24] def. Fendrick-Ivy USA [25] , 2-1 (21-19, 19-21, 15-10)
June 28: Ross-Kessy USA [1] def. Fendrick-Ivy USA [25], 2-0 (21-14, 21-12)
June 30: Ross-Kessy USA [1] vs. Minusa-Jursone LAT [24]
June 30: Fendrick-Ivy USA [25] vs. Aas-Bjørkesett NOR [48]

Pool D
June 27: Branagh-Youngs USA [4] def. Dampney-Mullin GBR [45], 2-0 (21-14, 21-13)
June 29: Branagh-Youngs USA [4] vs. Martin-Lessard CAN [28], 2-1 (21-18, 17-21, 18-16)
July 1: Branagh-Youngs USA [4] vs. Banck-Günther GER [21]

Pool F
June 26: Turner-Akers USA [6] def. Forrer-Schmocker SUI [43], 2-0 (21-13, 21-19)
June 28: Turner-Akers USA [6] def. Giaoui-Hamzaoui FRA [30], 2-1 (23-25, 21-16, 15-13)
June 30: Turner-Akers USA [6] vs. Lundqvist-Ljungquist SWE [19]