Todd and Phil Upset in Semis, Take Bronze Medal at FIVB Worlds

July 5, 2009

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STAVANGER, NORWAY - Former Gaucho Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser won a bronze medal Sunday at the FIVB World Beach Volleyball Championships in Norway. The duo was not able to retain its 2007 Worlds crown after being upset in the semifinals.

Second-seeded Rogers and Dalhausser, who won gold at the 2008 Olympics in China, had no trouble sweeping (21-11, 21-16) sixth-seeded David "Hase" Klemperer and Eric Koreng from Germany in 42 minutes to win the bronze medal.

In Sunday's semifinals, Rogers and Dalhausser were upset 2-1 (21-17, 16-21, 15-10) by third-seeded Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann of Germany, ensuring there would be a new world champion team in 2009.

The gold medal match featured another upset as Brink and Reckermann rode the momentum and took down the top-seeded Brazilian team of Harley and Alison 2-0 (21-16, 21-19).

Rogers and Dalhausser won the 2007 Worlds by defeating Dmitri Barsouk and Igor Kolodinsky of Russia 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) in Gstaad, Switzerland. The World Championships are held every two years.

On the women's side, Americans Jen Kessy and April Ross won a gold medal on Saturday.

More information on the FIVB World Championships is available at the FIVB site and at Universal Sports.

You can read Todd's blog at Universal Sports here.

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