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U.S. Men Shine in Stare Jablonki

By Jessica Hall | Aug. 22, 2014, 3:44 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 22, 2014) – Three U.S. men’s beach teams advanced to the second round of the main draw at the FIVB Stare Jablonki Grand Slam in Poland.

Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.), seeded No. 2, wrapped up pool play 3-0 after defeating Germany’s No. 15 Markus Bockermann and Mischa Urbatzka, 24-22, 21-17. The duo advanced directly to the second round where they will face Canada’s No. 19 Chaim Schalk and Ben Saxton on Saturday.  

No. 12 Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.) went 1-2 in pool play after dropping to Latvia’s No. 5 Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins, 21-15, 21-17. In the first round, the duo upset the tournament’s defending champions Netherlands' No. 11 Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen, 21-16, 21-18. They are set to face Spain’s No. 8 Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira in round two.

“This is the place where they (Brouwer and Meeuwsen) had a lot of magic," Patterson said in an FIVB release. "I was a little worried thinking that they would be super-positive coming into this tournament knowing they had the best tournament of their lives' here." 

On the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, Patterson and Gibb won gold at the Shanghai Grand Slam, silver in Corrientes and bronze at the Gstaad Grand Slam. So far in 2014, their best finish was a quarterfinal finish in Shanghai. 

“We’d have had four medals already if it was last year," Patterson said. " But this is the FIVB and it is the highest level beach volleyball there is in the world and we all know that. This year has been a little rougher but there have been a lot of really close matches that could have gone the other way."

John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii), seeded No. 6, went 2-1 in pool play after upsetting Netherlands' No. 11 Brouwer and Meeuwsen, 13-21, 21-18, 22-20. In the first round, the pair defeated Austria’s No. 18 Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl, 23-21, 21-18, 15-8. They will compete against Brazil’s No. 3 Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt in round two.

Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.) and Nick Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), seeded No. 10, wrapped up pool play with a 2-1 record after falling to Brazil’s No. 7 Pedro Solberg Salgado and Alvaro Filho, 21-19, 21-16. In the first round, the pair fell to Canada’s No. 19 Schalk and Saxton, 14-21, 21-17, 18-16. They finished the tournament tied for 17th place.

On Saturday, the second round of elimination will begin followed by the third round.  

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