Two US Mens Beach Teams Advance to 2nd Round

May 12, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Communications
Phone: (719) 228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 11, 2012) – The U.S. men’s beach volleyball teams of Matt Fuerbringer/Nick Lucena and Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal advanced to the second round of elimination on Friday at the Beijing Grand Slam, part of the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour.

The U.S. women’s beach team of Jen Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.), seeded fifth, defeated compatriots and No. 4 seeds Misty May-Treanor (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh (San Jose, Calif.), 24-22, 24-22 in 45 minutes in the second round. May-Treanor and Walsh finished tied for ninth.

However Kessy and Ross fell to Netherlands’ sixth-ranked Sanne Keizer and Marleen Van Iersel in the third round, 21-13, 13-21, 15-10 in 43 minutes. Kessy and Ross finished tied for fifth.

The No. 7-seeded men’s team of Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Lucena (Santa Barbara, Calif.) finished pool play 3-0 with a victory Friday over China’s No. 10-seeded Linyin Xu and Penggen Wu, 26-28, 23-21, 15-12 in 1 hour, 7 minutes.

They moved on to the second round where they will face Brazil’s sixth-seeded Pedro Salgado and Marcio Araujo on Saturday.

Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.), ranked 11th, also went 3-0 in pool play, defeating Salgado and Araujo, 14-21, 20-22 in 41 minutes. They advanced to the second round where they will face Germany’s Sebastian Dollinger and Stefan Windscheif on Saturday.

Fuerbringer and Lucena are battling with Gibb Rosenthal for the second men's spot on the U.S. Olympic beach volleyball team.

The top-ranked U.S. men’s team of Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) went 2-1 in pool play, defeating Germany’s 16th seeds Eric Koreng and David Klemperer on Friday in their final pool play match. Trailing 17-11 in the second set, the Americans ran off six points in a row to level it at 17-all and went on to seal the victory in 45 minutes.

“We expected a third set all the way when we were down 17-11,” said Dalhausser. “We made a couple of plays, they made a couple of mistakes and all of a sudden it’s 17-all. I guess momentum changes fast in this game of beach volleyball. We knew we were out of the pool, second or third; we had no pressure. This afternoon is when the tournament really starts.”

However, it turned out to be the end of their journey as they lost to Italy’s 14th seeds Nicolai Paolo and Daniele Lupo, 21-16, 23-21 in the first-round elimination match Friday afternoon.

Complete information about the FIVB World Tour is available on the FIVB web site.