B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 27, 2012) – The U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers won the bronze medal on Sunday at the Patria Direct Prague Open in Czech Republic, part of the 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour.
Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.), seeded No. 1, defeated Brazil’s sixth-seeded Solberg and Marcio Araujo, 21-13, 21-19 in 40 minutes in Sunday’s bronze medal match.
The Olympic champions now own Prague gold (2010), silver (2011) and bronze (2012).
In the bronze medal match strong serving Dalhausser, who scored three aces, kept the pressure on Marcio, which led to an easy win over the Brazilians.
“Marcio did not have his best game today. I know from experience how hard it is sometimes to get motivated after you lose the semifinal,” Dalhausser said after his team had collected its 41st overall medal. Rogers celebrated his 100th World Tour event in Prague.
Brazil's Ricardo Santos and Pedro Cunha claimed their fourth FIVB SWATCH World Tour title as they beat last year’s champions, Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego of Brazil, in three sets, 21-15 19-21 15-10.
After a week off the FIVB SWATCH World Tour resumes on June 6 with the Grand Slam in Moscow. That will be followed by the final match in the Olympic qualification period, the Rome Grand Slam on June 12-17.
While Dalhausser and Rogers have enough qualifying points to take the first United State’s men’s beach volleyball Olympic berth, the teams of Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.)/Nick Lucena (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah)/Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) are still battling for the second spot.
Going into Moscow, Gibb and Rosenthal have a 40-point lead over Fuerbringer and Lucena.
Complete information about the FIVB World Tour is available on the FIVB web site.