Rosenthal, Dalhausser Pick Up Two Wins In Klagenfurt
KLAGENFURT, Austria (July 31, 2014) –The U.S. beach team of Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.)
won two matches at the FIVB A1 Klagenfurt Grand Slam on Thursday, continuing their recent success on the sand.
The top-seeded squad dominated both matches during Thursday’s main draw, with the men defeating Czech Republic’s No. 32 squad of Robert Kufa and Martin Tichy, 21-11, 21-10, before ousting fellow Americans Jake Gibb (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Casey Patterson (Huntington Beach, Calif.), 21-14, 21-12. Rosenthal and Dalhausser will face Germany’s No. 17-seeded duo of Alexander Walkenhorst and Stefan Windscheif to wrap up Pool A play.
The German duo defeated the U.S. tandem of Gibb-Patterson earlier in the day, 17-21, 21-18,15-13. Czech Republic’s Fufa-Tichy will face the Americans to round out the rest of Pool A.
Over in Pool D, the U.S. beach team of John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii), seeded No. 13 at the grand slam, won a pair of matches to end their main draw play on Thursday. The tandem downed Switzerland’s Philip Gabathuler and Mirco Gerson, 21-19, 21-15, followed by a win over Maverick Hatch and Christian Redmann of Canada, 21-14, 21-18. Hyden and Bourne will take on No. 4-seeded Latvian squad of Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins on Friday.
The No. 22-seeded U.S. squad of Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) lost two matches on Thursday, with the duo losing to Russia’s Konstantin Semenov and Viacheslav Krasilnikov 14-21, 23-25, before dropping their second match to Germany’s Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik, 18-21, 16-21. Rogers-Brunner will take on Italy’s No. 27-seeded team of Paolo Ingrosso and Matteo Ingrosso to finish Pool F play.
On the women’s side, the top-seeded squad of Kerri Walsh Jennings (Saratoga, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.)
continued their winning ways on Thursday.
"This is a great win for us, the slight rain didn´t bother us at all," Walsh Jennings said in a FIVB interview. "We have a very good rhythm and we didn’t make many mistakes so we were able to keep the Germans from making a strong run at us this time. Last week in Long Beach, on our home sand, they almost beat us, but we got by 17-15 in the tiebreaker set."
The pair downed Germany’s No. 16-seeded team of Laura Ludwig and Julia Sude, 21-16, 21-16, in their only match of the day. The U.S. tandem will take on another German squad in the second round of single elimination on Friday, with the match against No. 8-seeded Karla Borger and Britta Buthe.
The No. 18-seeded team of Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) were eliminated from the grand slam, after losing two matches on Thursday. The duo were defeated by Canada’s Jamie Lynn Broder and Kristina Valjas, 13-21, 20-22, to finish Pool B play, before losing in the first round of single elimination to Germany’s Borger and Buthe, 13-21, 19-21.
Also in Pool B, the No. 15 seeded squad of Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Fort Myers, Fla.) were forced to forfeit due to injury in their match against Czech Republic’s No. 2-seeded team of Kristyna Kolocova and Marketa Slukova.