B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 6, 2012) – The U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers defeated compatriots Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal to win the gold medal at the Shanghai Grand Slam in China, the first grand slam event on the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour.
Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.), the tournament’s No. 1 seeds, defeated Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.), ranked 14th, 21-19, 22-24, 15-11 in 1 hour, 7 minutes.
“I thought we played really well,” Rogers said in an FIVB press release. “Jake and Rosey played very well, but I was very pleased with how we handled them.”
The gold medal is their second of 2012 after they beat another U.S. team in the final of the Brasilia Open. That time it was Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Nick Lucena (Santa Barbara, Calif.) who fell to the 2008 Olympic champions.
“It was good to see another American team in the final and it happened in Brasilia as well,” Rogers said. “We’ve got three American teams playing at the top of the world.”
The result was the same as the 2011 World Tour event in Shanghai, when Rogers and Dalhausser won the gold medal with a 21-18, 24-22 victory over Gibb and Rosenthal.
For Gibb and Rosenthal, who are in a battle with Fuerbringer and Lucena for the second U.S. men’s beach volleyball berth on the 2012 Olympic team, the silver medal represents their best result on the FIVB SWATCH World Tour since they finished third at the 2011 Quebec Open.
“(Dalhausser and Rogers) played great and they really just sided-out great,” Gibb said. “We can’t beat them if they side out that well. They played great and we can’t take anything away from them.”
To reach the final match Dalhausser and Rogers defeated Brazil’s 12th-seeded Benjamin Insfrans and Bruno Schmidt when the Brazilian pair forfeited due to injury. Rogers and Dalhausser had won the first set, 35-33 before Insfrans was injured in the second set.
Gibb and Rosenthal beat Brazil’s fifth-seeded Pedro Salgado and Marcio Araujo, 21-17, 21-15 in 41 minutes.
Complete information about the FIVB World Tour is available on the FIVB web site.