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USA wins gold and silver in Russia

By Corinne Calabro | June 04, 2017, 7:36 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. had two beach teams earn medals on the FIVB World Tour in Russia. Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena won the men's bracket for the United States' first gold of the 2017 season. Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross finished with silver.

The gold medal for Dalhausser and Lucena marks the duos sixth as a team, and their second podium finish on the year. The Florida natives previously earned bronze at their only other World Tour stop so far, in Fort Lauderdale. The top women's finishers, Sweat/S. Ross, finished in second after tearing through the elimination bracket with three victories over Germany.

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USA had five teams finish in the Top 10, and an additional three in the Top 25. Perhaps the most exciting run at the tournament was Sweat/S. Ross, who finished 1-1 in pool play then used four consecutive wins to put them in their first gold medal match as a team, and in Sweat's career. Along the way, they topped the Olympic champions, Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst, 21-19, 21-13 in round two. They followed with consecutive three-set wins against two other German pairs before falling to Brazil's Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca, 21-16, 21-14 in the final.

Dalhausser and Lucena won their gold medal on a perfect 6-0 showing through the week. After sweeping three of their matches, Dalhausser/Lucena dropped their first set of the tournament during the quarterfinals, when they beat Poland's Michal Bryl/Grzegorz Fijalek, 21-19, 18-21, 15-8. In the semifinal, the Americans made quick work of locals Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin, winning in 31 minutes by score of 21-14, 21-17. They once again faced a Russian team, this time for gold and in three sets. They won the medal, Dalhausser's 35th FIVB gold, by defeating Nikita Liamin/Viacheslav Krasilnikov, 21-17, 22-24, 18-16.

USA also had two women's teams and one men's team tie for ninth: April Ross/Lauren Fendrick, Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day, and Casey Patterson/Theo Brunner. It marked the long awaited return for A. Ross, with her new partner on the FIVB World Tour, fellow 2016 Olympian, Fendrick. All three were eliminated in the second round by opponents that went to the Olympics.

Tying for 17th were Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes, who were eliminated by Sweat/S. Ross in the first round, 21-16, 21-15. Stafford Slick and Billy Allen also tied for 17th, for the second time this year, losing to Germany in round one. Olympian Jake Gibb and partner Taylor Crabb tied for 25th after going 0-2 in pool play with losses to Latvia and Germany.

The U.S. will take a one week break from the World Tour before resuming the weekend of June 17-18, with tournaments in The Netherlands (3 Star), China (2 Star), and Monaco (1 Star).

WEEK IN REVIEW
Moscow 3-Star
- First: Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena won their sixth career FIVB gold together and second medal of the 2017 season
- Second: Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross won their first medal together as a partnership, the best FIVB finish for Ross since 2013 and best career FIVB finish for Sweat
- Tied for 9th: April Ross/Lauren Fendrick, their second FIVB tournament ever together; Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day, their third Top 10 finish in 2017; Casey Patterson/Theo Brunner, their third Top 10 finish as a team
- Tied for 17th: Stafford Slick/Billy Allen, tied their team best finish
- Lost in country quota: Lane Carico/Caitlin Ledoux; Sean Rosenthal/Trevor Crabb

FIVB Moscow 3-Star Roster 
Athletes        Entry
April Ross   Lauren Fendrick   Main Draw
Brooke Sweat   Summer Ross   Main Draw
Kelly Claes   Sara Hughes   Main Draw
Emily Day   Brittany Hochevar   Qualification/Country Quota
Lane Carico   Caitlin Ledoux   Country Quota/Reserve
             
Phil Dalhausser   Nick Lucena   Main Draw
Casey Patterson   Theo Brunner   Main Draw
Jake Gibb   Taylor Crabb   Main Draw
Stafford Slick   Billy Allen   Qualification/Country Quota
Sean Rosenthal   Trevor Crabb   Country Quota
             
Staff             
Nelson Santos   Sports Medicine, DC        
Steve Paulseth    Sports Medicine, DPT, ATC        

UPCOMING EVENTS | Add to your schedule
June 8-11 AVP New York
June 14-18 FIVB The Hague 3-Star
June 16-18 FIVB Nanjing 2-Star
June 17-18 FIVB Monaco 1-Star
June 23-25 FIVB Nantong 2-Star
June 23-25 NORCECA Ohos Rios
June 27 – July 2 FIVB Porec 5-Star

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