Aug. 20, 2007
QUINCY, Mass. - Beach heavyweights Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser won their third consecutive AVP event Saturday as they took down Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings in the finals of the Boston Open.
It was the eighth title for the duo in 14 events this season. Rogers and Dalhausser have won the last three AVP stops that they have played in, including Boston, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (8/12), and Long Beach Calif. (7/22). They skipped the Chicago Open in early August to compete on the FIVB circuit in Europe.
The Beantown win earned them $28,000 and 720 points, helping to solidify their first-place position in the tour standings. There are just two team events left in the season -- the Brooklyn Open and the Cincinnati Open.
Rogers and Dalhausser powered past Fuerbringer and Jennings 21-16 and 21-12 in the finals.
Dalhausser was dominating throughout the tourney. He finished with 33 blocks in just 13 games, good for a 2.54 blocks per game average. He also served up 19 aces. Both totals led all players.
Rogers, last year's defensive MVP, had 69 digs and averaged 5.31 scoops per game.
It was the first appearance in a final match for Fuerbringer and Jennings in 13 months.
In the semifinals, Rogers and Dalhausser defeated Anthony Medel and Fred Souza (18-21, 21-7, 15-9). Fuerbringer and Jennings beat top-seeded Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger (17-21, 21-19, 15-9) to advance to the finals.
In the women's final, Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs upset Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh by scores of 15-21, 21-19, and 16-14. May-Treanor and Walsh had not lost any championship match since July of 2006.
The Brooklyn Open takes place Aug. 23-26 at Coney Island.