| Sean Rosenthal attacks, Ryan Doherty attempts to block and Phil Dalhausser looks on as the two U.S. teams faced off.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 11, 2013) – A U.S. vs. U.S. men's match-up and four U.S. women's teams advancing from pool play were Thursday's highlights at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam in Gstaad, Switzerland.
On the first day of main draw pool play for the men. In Pool D, No. 4 Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) earned a 21-16, 21-15 victory over U.S. compatriots Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.), seeded No. 20.
Dalhausser and Rosenthal went on to defeat the 29th-seeded Venezuelan tandem of Igor Hernandez and Jesus Villafañe, 21-12, 21-15. With a 2-0 record, Dalhausser and Rosenthal are in first place in Pool D. On July 12, they face 13th-seeded Nicolai Paolo and Daniele Lupo of Italy (1-1).
Rogers and Doherty recovered from their loss and went on to defeat Paolo and Lupo, 25-23, 13-21, 15-13, in their second pool play match of the day. Paolo and Lupo were the team that ousted Rogers and his then partner Dalhausser from the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Rogers and Doherty (1-1) are in second place in Pool D. They will next take on Hernandez and Villafañe on July 12.
The duo of Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.) opened action by defeating the 27th-seeded Pablo Herrera Allepuz and Adrian Gavira Collado of Spain, 21-17, 21-19. Gibb and Patterson, seeded sixth, then won their second match against No. 22 Martins Plavins and Janis Peda of Latvia due to injury. Gibb and Patterson sit in first place in Pool F with a 2-0 record and will face off against 11th-seeded Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of Netherlands (1-1) on Friday.
It was another successful day for the U.S. women as all four teams advanced out of pool play to the elimination phase of the main draw. April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.) maintained their undefeated record as they defeated the seventh-seeded Brazillian duo of Maria Clara Salgado Rufino and Carolina Solberg Salgado, 19-21, 21-10, 15-9.
“It feels like we’re zig and zagging,” Walsh said of losing the first set. “We know it is going to be a challenge, but so long as you are steady in your head your physical stuff will catch up.”
Ross and Walsh, seeded 10th, finish pool play at the top of Pool G and move directly into round two of the elimination phase, which takes place on July 12.
Jennifer Fopma (Bellflower, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Fort Myers, Fla.) also finished pool play with a sparkling 3-0 record. The No. 21 duo defeated No. 28 Jolien Sinnema and Michelle Stiekema of The Netherlands due to injury and finishes pool play in first place in Pool E. Fopma and Sweat advance to round two of the elimination phase.
In Pool H, No. 25 Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) defeated No. 24 Victoria Bienick and Julia Groβner of Germany, 19-21, 21-13, 15-13 to improve their record to 2-1. Ross and Day end pool play in first place in their pool and advance to round two of the elimination phase.
Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.) won their final match in Pool A, defeating No. 32 Hana Skalnikova and Patricia Missottenova of the Czech Republic, 21-15, 21-13. Seeded No. 17, Fendrick and Hochevar finish pool play with a 2-1 record and in third place in their pool. They will compete in the first round of the elimination phase, taking to the sand against No. 5 Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti of Italy (2-1) on July 12.
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