COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 13, 2014) - The U.S. beach volleyball team of Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser claimed its second gold medal on the 2014 FIVB World Tour and compatriots Nick Lucena and Ryan Doherty won bronze at the Gstaad Grand Slam in Switzerland, on Sunday.
Top-seeded Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Calif.) defeated Brazil’s No. 4 Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt in the final, 21-17, 21-17 to add Gstaad gold to their 2014 wins after taking the Stavanger Grand Slam gold the weekend prior.
“We keep getting better and better,” Rosenthal said in a FIVB release. “When Phil can serve and block like that and I’m picking up tough balls at the back, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”
For Swiss-born Dalhausser, many family members were in the crowd cheering him and Rosenthal on in the championship.
“I love coming to Gstaad,” Dalhausser said. “It is such a beautiful place, the most beautiful on the tour. My family is here so it’s always fun to play in front of them because I don’t get to often.”
Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Doherty (Toms River, N.J.), seeded No. 16, beat Germany’s No. 12 Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik, 21-19, 21-16 to claim the bronze medal. It was the duo’s second 2014 World Tour medal, adding to their silver from the Berlin Grand Slam.
“It’s exciting to come back after a not so great finish in Norway (Stavanger),” Lucena said. “With the rainy weather and coming through the qualifier, it has been quite tough mentally. Ryan played great all week and we had great defense.”
Up next on the World Tour calendar is the Transavia Hague Grand Slam from July 15-20 in Hague, Netherlands.