Dalhausser/Rogers played Baracetti/Conde of Argentina. The Argentinian team defeated the Latvian team that beat Dalhausser/Rogers in their opening match.
Dalhausser/Rogers opened the lead early, and continued to open it up. Argentina was forced to call a time out after the US Team went up 15-9 following an uncontested spike by Rogers as the Argentinians just stood and watched. The Argentinians were beginning to look more like spectators than participants, just watching the ball go past.
The timeout didn’t change anything. Rogers, despite being the shorter American, was delivering winner after winner. Another score delivered by Rogers and it was 19-11. No one can come back against Dalhausser/Rogers in that situation.
Set over on a Dalhausser spike. 21-12.
The US team did not look as sharp in the second set, giving Argentinia numerous chances. But the Argentinians never led in the set, despite blunders such as serves straight into the net by Dalhausser.
Dalhausser helped the US pull away with an Ace while all the Argentinians could do was stare, 14-10 . Dalhausser at 16-10 made a super human move. He went up to block but the ball went past, he fell backwards and placed the ball up for Rogers, who set up the spike. Dalhausser actually got up in the air fast enough to deliver the winning spike.
It was déjà vu in the second set at 19-11. And bye bye Argentina, 21-13.
The American team, Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, ranked number 2 and the defending world champions were to face a difficult number 11 Swiss team of Patrick Heuscher and Sascha Heyer. The US had blown their first match in straight sets 19-21 and 18-21 to 23rd ranked Latvian team. There were plenty of excuses as to why Dalhausser did not play up to his level, but let’s not take anything away from the opposing team that left Dalhausser and Rogers flat footed.
No excuses, only victory. It really doesn’t matter how you play the game, it only matters if you win. No one will remember the excuses after the games. They will only remember those that take the medals.
So, let’s see if the US Team can redeem itself.
The USA team and Swiss played to a tie at 5-5 but then the USA team started to show their strength and spread the lead to 9-6. Rogers served and the Swiss attempted a spike, only to get delivered the ball back in their face by a rejuvenated Dalhausser. 10-6 USA. This is referred to as a roof, when the block is so high and strong, the ball goes straight down giving the opposing team no chance of any recovery.
The US continued to expand their lead at 14-8. Rogers served again. But this time, the Swiss spiked one through, right past Dalhausser, and the Swiss followed with another score on a nasty drop bringing the score to 14-10. Dalhausser would not let that go unanswered, and he spiked the next ball home, and there was no doubt even before he touched the ball, that was not getting returned. 15-10.
Rogers finished the game with a spike to take out the Swiss easily in the first set 21-15. This was not the same team that lost to the Latvians.
In set 2, the Swiss broke out to a 3-1 lead, proving you don’t have to be a beach boy to win on sand. But the US tied it at 3-3 with a Dalhausser service ACE. The Swiss pulled ahead again, but the US tied it at 5-5 on a Rogers service ACE! Then it was all US. Dalhausser spread the lead out 16-9. The Swiss did their best on the next point trying to take out the US team, but Dalhausser continually blocked them, finishing off with a kill move down the line that clearly demonstrated, the Swiss team was not in this anymore. 17-9. It wasn’t close at the end. The US embarrassed the Swiss team in the second set 21-10.
Match USA! Most still expect this team to win the Gold. We will keep you posted!
Olympic Medal for Gibb/Rosenthal For Men’s Beach Volleyball??
The Germans were expected to offer a strong challenge to the US in this game. Brink/Deickmann from Germany faced Gibb/Rosenthal from the US.
The US disposed of the German team in straight sets and in short order, barely giving NBC time to squeeze in a few commercials Final score 21-15, 21-13 in straight sets.
With Gibb and Rosenthal playing like this, an Olympic medal is in their destiny.