U.S. Men Go 1-3 in Fuzhou Main Draw

By BJ Evans | April 23, 2014, 4:22 p.m. (ET)
Sean Rosenthal
   Sean Rosenthal passes during his match against China. 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 23, 2014) – U.S. men’s beach volleyball teams began main draw play on Wednesday in Fuzhou, China.

The U.S. men’s team of Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.), seeded No. 2, went 1-1 in pool play on Wednesday. Dalhausser and Rosenthal opened the day with a victory over China’s No. 31 Cong Yang and Jian Bao (23-21, 21-11 in 37 minutes).

Yang and Bao held two set points in the first set, but the U.S. team fought back. When Yang sent the ball long, Dalhausser took the set with a block on Yang. In the second set, the Chinese pair could not recharge as Dalhausser and Rosenthal eased to victory.

"The first set was very tight,” Dalhausser said. “They (Yang/Bao) played well. We came in thinking that we would have an easy match, but it wasn't like that, so we have to work harder.”

Dalhausser and Rosenthal lost their afternoon match to Latvia’s No. 18 Martins Plavins and Aleksandrs Solovejs (17-21, 21-10, 15-12 in 48 minutes). They will play Switzerland’s No. 15 Sebastian Chevallier and Alexei Prawdzic on Thursday.

The U.S. men’s team of John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii) lost both their pool play matches to Brazil’s No. 6 Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt (21-16, 21-18 in 39 minutes) and Kazakhstan’s No. 11 Alexey Sidorenko and Alexandr Dyachenko (23-21, 16-21, 15-11 in 49 minutes).

They will try to advance by defeating Austria’s No. 22 Tobias Winter and Lorenz Petutschnig on Thursday.

The U.S. women’s team of Allison Daley (Grass Valley, Calif.) and Kendra VanZwieten (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), seeded No. 25 in the qualifying bracket, did not advance to the main draw after falling to Brazil’s No. 9 Juliana Felisberta and Maria Antonelli in the second round (21-10, 21-9 in 29 minutes).

The women’s main draw will begin on Thursday where the U.S. teams of Kerri Walsh Jennings (Saratoga, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.); Jennifer Fopma (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) along with Lane Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.) will compete.