COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 17, 2014) – Seven U.S. beach volleyball teams have advanced from pool play at the FIVB The Hague Grand Slam in Netherlands.
The U.S. men’s teams of Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal and also John Hyden and Tri Bourne have advanced straight to the second round of single elimination as did the U.S. women’s team of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross.
The U.S. women’s teams of Emily Day and Summer Ross along with Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat advanced to the first round, as did the men’s teams of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson along with Ryan Doherty and Nick Lucena.
Top-seeded Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) went 3-0 in pool play.
“Our goal is always to win the tournament”, said Dalhausser in an FIVB press release. “We have won the last two and we are playing pretty well. So if we keep that level, then I would say we have half a decent chance to win.”
After a tough 21-17, 19-21, 15-7 win over home team Reinder Nummerdor and Steven van de Velde on Wednesday, they also defeated Canada’s Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk on Thursday morning: 21-18, 21-18.
“I thought it was a very close match,” Dalhausser said. “In the first set, there was a lot of side-outs, not many real points, so it’s high level. In the second set there were more real points scored, but it was still a close set. We play these guys so often that they know us.”
Because Germany’s Stefan Windscheif had to forfeit due to an injury the Americans were declared pool winners without having to play their third pool match. Instead of playing, Rosenthal and coach Mike Dodd entertained the ball kids, Dalhausser answered questions from the audience and afterwards the team had a short training session on the Apeldoorn city court.
“Anytime you get a forfeit and you win the pool because of the forfeit I would say it’s an advantage," Dalhausser said. “We got half an hour training session in and got to play a bit with the ball kids. So I would say it is an advantage.”
Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii), seeded No. 15, also finished 3-0 in pool play and will play a second-round match on Friday.
Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.), seeded No. 13, went 2-1 in pool play and will play Germany’s No. 16 Alexander Walkenhorst and Stefan Windscheif in the first round. Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.) and Nick Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) went 1-2 in pool play. They will face Austria’s No. 21 Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl in the first round.
On the women’s side, Walsh Jennings (Saratoga, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) went 3-0 in pool play and will play in Friday’s second round.
No. 12 Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Sweat (Fort Myers, Fla.) went 1-2 in pool play and will face Italy’s No. 20 Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth in the first round. No. 13 Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) went 1-2 in pool play and will face Brazil’s No. 11 Taiana Lima and Fernanda Alves in the first round on Friday.