Rosenthal, Dalhausser Make It a Stavanger Sweep
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 29, 2014) – The U.S. beach team of Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser claimed its first gold medal of the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour at the Stavanger Grand Slam in Norway, on Sunday.
| Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser display their victory swords.
Seeded No. 1, Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) defeated Brazil’s No. 14 Ricardo Santos and Alvaro Filho, 21-16, 21-16 to earn Viking swords and a gold medal. It was the United States' second gold medal of the weekend after April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings won the women's tournament on Saturday.
“It feels amazing for Phil and I to get our first win this year and it feels like we are getting better and better,” Rosenthal said in an FIVB release. “We had a tough week last week and Phil was really sick. This week we were back and got our first win.
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“I started playing on the World Tour in 2006 and that year I came here for the first time and saw the swords. They are the best trophies in all of beach volleyball and now I’ve got one.”
Rosenthal and Dalhausser were in strong form throughout the week and dropped only one set in their seven matches. The golds are their second medals on the 2014 World Tour after they won the bronze two weeks ago at the Moscow Grand Slam. In their first season together in 2013 they won three sets of gold medals.
For Dalhausser his clash against Ricardo over the net was a case of two the all-time great blockers of beach volleyball going head to head.
“Ricardo and I have played so many times over the years and every time it is a tough match, so I’m glad we came out on top this time,” Dalhausser said. “It is always nice to win in Stavanger.
“We probably played our best tournament this week and we were very solid, even if we struggled a little bit we still we still stayed the course and scored the points.”
In the semifinals, Rosenthal and Dalhausser defeated Switzerland’s No. 29 Philip Gabathuler and Mirco Gerson, 21-14, 21-9, to get to the final.
The next stop of the 2014 World Tour is the Gstaad Grand Slam from July 9-13 in Gstaad, Switzerland.