Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser (Twitter: @FIVBWorldTour)
Gstaad, Switzerland – Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal won a second consecutive FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour gold medal when they defeated Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt in the Gstaad Gold Medal match on Sunday.
The American pair won the previous tournament, the Stavanger Grand Slam and they continued their strong form in the Swiss Alps when they defeated the Brazilians 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) after a match that pitted Dalhausser against Alison at the net and Rosenthal and Bruno at the back of the court.
“We keep getting better and better,” Rosenthal said. “When Phil can serve and block like that and I’m picking up tough balls at the back we’re going to be a pretty tough team to beat.
“I need to be a bit steadier on my passing there when it gets towards the end, but all in all it has been a great week for us and we’re stoked to come out with the win our second gold in a row.”
For 2008 Olympic champion Dalhausser it is another medal to add to his collection from the Swiss Alps. The Swiss-born player won the 2007 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships and gold at the 2010 Grand Slam and silver in 2011 former partner Todd Rogers.
Members of his Swiss family were in the crowd to cheer him and Rosenthal on and he responded with a dominant performance at the net.
“I love coming to Gstaad, it is such a beautiful place, the most beautiful on the Tour,” Dalhausser said. “My family is here, so it always fun to play in front of them because I don’t get to play in front of them too often.”
(From FIVB Press Release)