Spain, USA win men’s semis at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
Long Beach, Calif., USA, July 26, 2013—Surprise, surprise, a funny thing happened on the way to the men’s medal matches Friday as beach volleyball duos from Spain and the United States emerged from semifinal wins to take center stage during Saturday’s gold medal finale at the $440,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, presented by ASICS, double-gender tournament. The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is back in the USA for the first time in a decade. Meeting in Saturday’s gold medal match will be USA’S fourth-seeded Sean Rosenthal/Phil Dalhausser meeting Spain’s 14th-seeded Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira.
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is back in the USA for the first time in a decade. Saturday’s schedule will include the men’s bronze and gold medal matches along with the women’s semifinals of the special ASICS World Series Cup which will feature two teams from the USA in one semifinal along with teams from Brazil and Germany in the other. The two winners will meet in the cup final on Sunday. The women’s portion of the event ended Friday with an all-Brazilian gold medal match won in three sets and 61 minutesby Taiana Lima/Talita Antunes over sisters Maria Clara Salgado/Carolina Salgado.
The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is back in the USA for the first time since 2003. With the event being held for the first time in Long Beach the purpose-built site is located on the expansive glistening sands of Marina Green Park on East Lakeshore Drive. Matches at the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, presented by ASICS, are scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. Saturday with the men’s bronze medal match of the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam at 11:00 a.m. and the men’s gold medal grand slam match closing the day’s competition at 2:00 p.m.
In the special USA vs. the world ASICS World Series Cup, the women’s semifinals will be played at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Saturday. While the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, presented by ASICS concludes on Saturday, The ASICS World Series Cup on Sunday, the event finishes with the men’s semifinals at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., the women’s final at 1:30 p.m. and the men’s final at 3:00 p.m. General admission is free to the event. VIP tickets are on sale through the event website at www.wsobv.com.
In the battle of America in the final semifinal, USA’s fourth-seeded Sean Rosenthal/Phil Dalhausser intensely battled to upset their USA top-seeded compatriots Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson in two tough sets, 21-16, 21-19 in 55 minutes. While it looked like the dramatic match might go three sets with the score tied at 19-19, Dalhausser made sure it ended by scoring his team’s final two points, first on a voracious block and the closer on a powerful service ace. In the semi, Dalhausser had three aces and four blocks while teammate Rosenthal recorded 23 kills and 15 digs.
After their crowd-pleasing victory, USA’s Rosenthal said, “It has been a battle, we played three matches today so that bring on the fatigue but we do get boost of adrenaline knowing that we are playing at home in front of everyone. It was a good match with Jake and Casey, well played by both sides it just happened that we made some key plays at the end to close out each set. It happens in volleyball, you just have to go in knowing that it’s only another match. They are having a great season and we are having a pretty good one too.”
BRONZE MEDAL MATCHUP
ROUND OF 16 RESULTS
In the boiling action, in the first four matches of the round, USA’s Gibb/Patterson stopped Germany’s 13th-seeded Mischa Urbatzka/Markus Bockermann, 21-12, 21-15 in 34 minutes; Norway’s Horrem/ Eithun upset Austria’s eighth-seeded Robin Seidl/Alexander Huber, 21-18, 13-21, 20-18 in 61 minutes; Brazil’s Alison/Rego eliminated USA’s 11th-seeded Todd Rogers/Ryan Doherty, 21-9, 21-15 in 31 minutes and USA’s Rosenthal/Dalhausser charged past Canada’s 12th-seeded Chaim Schalk/Ben Saxton, 21-13, 21-15 in 38 minutes.
The second four matches in the round of 16, Latvia’s Samoilovs/ Smedins defeated Brazil’s seventh-seeded Vitor Felipe/Evandro Goncalves, 22-20, 21-15 in 43 minutes; Italy’s Nicolai/ Lupo toppled Brazil’s ninth-seeded Edson Barros/Alvaro Filho, 21-14, 12-21, 16-14 in 46 minutes; Italy’s Ranghieri/Tomatis stunned Australia’s 10th-seeded Christopher McHugh/Isaac Kapa, 16-21, 23-21, 18-16 in 56 minutes and Spain’s Herrera/Gavira knocked out Brazil’s second-seeded 2013 FIVB World Tour point leaders Pedro Salgado/Bruno Schmidt.
The FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, presented by ASICS is the showcase part of the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball, a SoCal beach festival that includes 4-person and 6-person recreational events, a youth tournament and nightly music concerts. Also part of the event is the inaugural ASICS World Series Cup featuring two teams in each gender from the USA against two international teams with the finals next Sunday. In addition to the international live FIVB telecasts, the event also includes 23 hours of live or same-day telecasts split between NBC Sports Network, Universal Network and NBC TV Network.
The women’s semifinals and medal matches of the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam will be held on Friday with the men’s semifinals also on Friday and medal matches closing the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam on Saturday. Play Tuesday through Friday will start at 8 a.m. and at 11 a.m. on Saturday for the men’s medal matches.
The gold medal teams in each gender in the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam will each split $33,000, the silver $22,000, the bronze $16,500 and fourth place $12,900. The women’s medal matches will be held on Friday and the men’s medal matches on Saturday. The FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam is the 291st FIVB international men’s event since the FIVB began play in 1987 and the 253rd FIVB women’s tournament since women started international competition in 1992.
The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is comprised of 10 Grand Slam events and the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. Not part of the World Tour but still counting towards the FIVB World Rankings, the FIVB yearly calendar also includes seven Open events, five double-gender and two women-only. There is a double-gender FIVB Open event being playing this week as well in Anapa, Russia.
After another week off next week, the 10-Grand Slam 2013 FIVB World Tour will continue in two weeks in Germany at the $440,000 FIVB Berlin Grand Slam. The season finale of the tour will be in Brazil in mid-October at the $440,000 FIVB Sao Paulo Grand Slam.