Mens Beach Teams Advance in Austria Playoffs
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 20, 2012)- The U.S. men’s beach volleyball teams of Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal along with Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers advanced to the third round of single elimination at the A1 Grand Slam in Klagenfurt, Austria. The event is part of the 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour.
Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.), seeded No. 1, closed pool play with a win over Latvia’s No. 16-seeded Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins, 19-21, 21-16, 15-13 in 53 minutes.
Gibb and Rosenthal advanced to the single-elimination bracket, and earned a first-round victory over the Swiss team of Martin Laciga and Jonas Weingart (No. 22), 21-14, 21-15 in 33 minutes.
The Olympic-bound duo is still on point to earn their fourth consecutive podium appearance after taking gold in Rome and Gstaad and silver in Berlin.
In Saturday’s third-round matchup, Gibb and Rosenthal will take on the Netherlands’ 26th-seeded Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen.
The third round of single elimination is also slated for Saturday.
Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Calif.) and Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.), seeded No. 2 in Klagenfurt, will also be representing the U.S. at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Dalhausser and Rogers concluded pool play with a win over the 15th-seeded Polish team of Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel 21-18, 15-21, 15-11 in 55 minutes.
Dalhausser and Rogers earned a first-round bye in single elimination. On Saturday, they are slated to face Italy’s 11th-seeded Nicolai Paolo and Daniele Lupo.
Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Nick Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), seeded No. 7, closed pool play with a win over the Norwegian team of Iver Andreas Horrem and Geir Eithun (No. 29), 21-19, 21-9 in 37 minutes.
Fuerbringer and Lucena advanced to the first round of single elimination but fell to Switzerland’s No. 23-seeded Sascha Heyer and Sebastian Chevallier, 21-18, 21-18 in 40 minutes.
Fuerbringer and Lucena finished their run at Klagenfurt in 17th place.
For complete information on the 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour, visit their web site.