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Rogers/Dalhausser partnership ends

Rogers and Dalhausser have been one of the game's top teams since 2006
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 19, 2012 – Phil Dalhausser has announced the end of his partnership with Todd Rogers. He is teaming up with Sean Rosenthal starting in the 2013 season.

Dalhausser made the announcement September 17 on the internet volleyball radio show, The Net Live.

“Playing with Phil was a blast,” Rogers told Presidio Sports, a local Santa Barbara sports news provider. “We had a great run — one of the better ones in history.”

Rogers, 38, is planning to cut back on international play. Dalhausser has been looking for a new partner to take a run at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Dalhausser said his choice came down to Rosenthal and Nick Lucena, with whom he played before Rogers. He admitted it was a tough decision but he picked Rosenthal because it gives him the chance to play on the right side of the court.

Rosenthal is ending his seven year partnership with Jake Gibb, who is now 36. They played in two Olympics and this summer won the FIVB World Tour title. Dalhausser and Rosenthal are both 32.

Rogers said the Dalhausser/Rosenthal pairing should be a good one.

“They are great athletically on paper and I’m sure they will do well. Phil will play the right side, probably, and it is a challenge I know he has been looking at,” Rogers said.

The Rogers/Dalhausser combo was one of the most successful volleyball partnerships of all time. Together since 2006, they won an FIVB World Championship in 2007, an Olympic gold medal in their first of two Games together in 2008, an FIVB World Tour Championship, and 12 FIVB World Tour Grand Slams.

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