Gold Medalists Dalhausser and Rogers Claim Fourth Victory of 2009 at AVP Crocs Tour Huntington Beach Open
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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (May 24, 2009) – Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, reigning beach volleyball gold medalists, won the AVP Crocs Tour Huntington Beach Open Sunday.
Dalhausser and Rogers, the top seeds, beat second-seeded Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, 22-20, 21-17, to win their fourth title in five events this season.
Facing game point in the first game, down 20-19, the notoriously stoic Dalhausser and Rogers calmly sided out to tie the game at 20, when Dalhausser took over – a block and an ace later, they were up 1-0 in the match.
“We were able to get the points and come back,” Rogers said.
Dalhausser and Rogers got ahead 5-2 in the second game, and except a short Gibb/Rosenthal rally that momentarily tied the score at 13, they stayed ahead.
Top-seeded Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs beat second-seeded Jen Kessy and April Ross, 21-19, 21-17, to win the women’s title.
Down 12-10 in game one, they went on a 7-1 run to stay ahead for good. In game two, they forged an early lead and retained it throughout, pulling away on a Branagh ace at 14-12.
This tournament win solidifies the answer to the off-season question of who would replace the team of injured Misty May-Treanor and new mother Kerri Walsh atop the women’s field. Branagh and Youngs have now won four of five tournaments this year and have a match record of 25-1.
Youngs said: “Being the top dog is something I’m enjoying.”
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Men’s Main Draw Tournament Results (Sunday, May 24)
Contender’s Bracket, fourth round (losers eliminated, place fifth, split $6,240)
John Hyden, Sherman Oaks, Calif. / Sean Scott, Redondo Beach, Calif. (No. 3-seeded Main Draw team) d. John Mayer, Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Jeff Nygaard, Long Beach, Calif. (4), 21-16, 21-19 (48 minutes);
Matt Olson, Carlsbad, Calif. / Kevin Wong, Honolulu (6) d. Ty Loomis, Corona Del Mar, Calif. / Casey Patterson, Huntington Beach, Calif. (12), 21-17, 21-17 (:49).
Semifinals (losers eliminated, place third, split $10,200)
Phil Dalhausser, Santa Barbara, Calif. / Todd Rogers, Solvang, Calif. (1) d. Hyden / Scott (3), 21-17, 21-14 (:43);
Jake Gibb, Costa Mesa, Calif. / Sean Rosenthal, Corona Del Mar, Calif. (2) d. Olson / Wong (6), 22-24, 21-14, 15-13 (1:09).
Championship (winners split $24,000; losers place second, split $18,000)
Dalhausser / Rogers (1) d. Gibb / Rosenthal (2), 22-20, 21-17 (:59).
(losers eliminated, place fifth, split $6,240)
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