FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Rome GRAND SLAM | 18 - 23 June 2013


Press release

Rosenthal and Dalhausser off mark with gold in Rome

Rosethal and Dalhausser only needed two sets to beat Samoilovs and Smedins in Rome

Rome, Italy, June 23, 2013 – Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser won their first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour gold medals when they held off the challenge of Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs to win the smart Grand Slam - Rome at the Foro Italico on Sunday.

The US pair beat the Latvian’s 21-19, 21-18 to earn Rosenthal his second consecutive gold medal in Rome, a year after he and Jacob Gibb had topped the podium. 

“I was struggling to side-out this whole week, but Phil picked me up and kept me in the game,” Rosenthal said. “That’s a great team; they’ve been in two straight finals. We got a good start and we carried that on in the second set.”

Rosenthal and Dalhausser only teamed up at the start of the year and while they won the season opening Fuzhou Open, they had not been able to find their way back to the podium in subsequent tournaments.

With Samoilovs and Smedins having enjoyed a gold and silver on the World Tour this year, they made life difficult, but the combination of Dalhausser’s prowess at the net and Rosenthal’s athleticism behind was enough to send them into the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in a week’s time in confident mood.

“For us as a team it is important,” Rosenthal added. “We came off a 17th last week, to come back to a place where we’ve both had success and to come through. I don’t think we’ve played our best, I don’t think we’ve even been close, but we’ve kept winning games and we’ve stayed close together.

“It’s big before the World Champs. We’re the first team to have two wins and whatever team won this one was going to be the first to two wins and we want to keep building momentum and keep on winning.”

While Smedins and Samoilovs were unable to add to the Corrientes Grand Slam gold that they won earlier in their first year together as a team, the silver medals are the second they have won in two weeks, having finished second at The Hague Grand Slam.

Now they have seven days to recuperate from their endeavours at the Rome Grand Slam, before the World Championships begin on July 1.

“We have one tournament in Latvia, it will be our first tournament in two years in Latvia,” Samoilovs said. “Then we go to Poland and a lot of Latvian fans will come. I know there are big buses coming. We need to relax a bit now and start our preparations.”

Bruno and Pedro claim bronze in all-Brazil affair

Bruno Oscar Schmidt and Pedro Salgado ensured that they would be on the podium for a second consecutive tournament by beating fellow Brazilians Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti 2-0 (21-10, 21-10) in the bronze medal match.

The Hague gold medallists were in full control of the match thanks to Bruno’s agility at the back of the court and Pedro’s domination of the net and they didn’t let up their pressure once. 

“We had a good conversation before this match, that we need to keep our level and take every opportunity we have,” Bruno said. “It is pretty good that we kept our level as we are a team that is developing and this bronze is like a gold to us.”

The Rome Grand Slam was the fourth Grand Slam of 10 on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. The competition ran from June 17 until June 23, when both the men’s and women’s finals took place. 

Following the Rome Grand Slam, the world’s leading players take a week’s break before the start of the ninth FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Stare Jablonki from July 1-7. After the World Championships are completed the World Tour resumes the following week at the Gstaad Grand Slam in the Swiss Alps. 

Rome Grand Slam Tournament Page
Rome Grand Slam Women's Entry List
Rome Grand Slam Men's Entry List
Twitter Updates

Download highresolution

| More

More press releases

23.06.2013 23:32:04
Rome gold medallists lay down markers for World Championships

Rome, Italy, June 23, 2013 – The teams of Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser of the USA and Brazil’s Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima gave themselves hu... More...

23.06.2013 21:33:11
Talita and Lima make it treble joy with gold in Rome

Rome, Italy, June 23, 2013 – Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima won their third gold medal of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour with victory in the gol... More...

22.06.2013 21:28:31
All-Brazil men’s final still on cards in Rome

Rome, Italy, June 22, 2013 – Brazil’s men set up the possibility of claiming the gold and silver medals at the smart Grand Slam – Rome, when both Pedr... More...

22.06.2013 21:15:01
Talita and Lima on course for back-to-back gold

22.06.2013 18:14:36
Smedins and Samoilovs eye further glory at Rome Grand Slam

21.06.2013 23:02:14
Seven nations in women’s last eight at Rome Grand Slam

21.06.2013 22:05:17
Swiss aim for more after claiming ninth place in Rome

21.06.2013 20:45:19
Ross and Kessy finding rhythm on way to last eight in Rome

20.06.2013 20:49:29
Men’s pools take shape as women enter knockout rounds in Rome

20.06.2013 19:49:14
Nicolai and Lupo lead chase for home honours in Rome

20.06.2013 17:35:22
Zumkehr aiming to create more memories at Rome Grand Slam

19.06.2013 21:29:59
Mixed day for leading lights on opening day in Rome

19.06.2013 20:54:31
Ludwig and Walkenhorst make perfect start with two wins from two in Rome

19.06.2013 16:21:51
Rosenthal celebrates birthday with opening day win at Rome Grand Slam

18.06.2013 22:12:45
Big names march into Rome Grand Slam main draw

18.06.2013 19:48:44
Latvian duo reaping the fruits of hard work by reaching main draw in Rome

18.06.2013 19:18:54
English duo into main draw at Rome Grand Slam

10.06.2013 16:36:12
New victors assured at Rome Grand Slam

12.04.2013 17:05:04
Rome hosts final Grand Slam before World Championships