Rogers and Dalhausser retain Shanghai Grand Slam title
China, May 6, 2012 – Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser needed to be at
their best on Sunday to retain their Shanghai title with a 2-1 (21-19,
22-24, 15-11) victory over fellow Americans Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal
in the final of the Shanghai Grand Slam presented by Jinshan Xinchen.
thought we played really well,” Rogers said. “Jake and Rosey played
very well, but I was very pleased with how we handled them.”
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 Mathew Fuerbringer and
Nicholas Lucena who fell to the 2008 Olympic champions.
good to see another American team in the final and it happened in
Brasilia as well,” Rogers stated. “We’ve got three American teams
playing at the top of the world.”
For Gibb and Rosenthal the
silver medal represents their best result on the FIVB SWATCH World Tour
since they finished third at the 2011 Quebec Open.
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.”
The 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour is
scheduled over a seven-month period and features 12 tournaments for both
men and women. For the men, the season starts in April in Brazil and
ends in October in Morocco.
The $600,000 Shanghai Grand Slam is the second of nine double gender events and the winning pair share a $43,500 purse.
It is the ninth straight year in which Shanghai has hosted an FIVB SWATCH World Tour event.
the completion of the Shanghai Grand Slam, the World Tour now moves on
to China’s capital for the Beijing Grand Slam (May 8-13).
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