The USA Team struck gold outplaying the Brazilian team, once gain proving that the color of the Brazilian flag is yellow and green. There is no gold.
Dalhausser (The Thin Beast) and Rogers (The Professor) fell behind early 6-1 and looked like today was not their day.
But they fought back in that first set to win 23-21. Yes, that close.
In the second set it was point for point. At 11-10 US, Rogers blew it past the Brazilians. 12-10.
The Brazilians gave up an easy point, Rogers set up Dalhouser for a mean spike. 13-10.
Dalhausser block went out of bounds. 13-11.
Brazilian Service Ace with the Americans staring. 13-12.
Another great service. 13-13. Uh oh.
Brazil plays nice touch ball and takes a 14-13 lead. 4 unanswered points.
Are the American’s champs? Let’s see…
Rogers incredible shot from well behind the net blows past the Brazilians. 14 all.
Rogers could not get a clean return on the next volley and it hit sand. 14-15.
Great volley next, and Dalhausser makes a smash that catches the line by a hair. 15 all.
Fabio Spike. Dalhausser has not been able to block it hardly at all. 15-16.
Rogers Spike, stuffed by Marcio. In your face. 15-17.
Dalhausser into the net. 15-18. Oh no. And 8-2 scoring run.
Beautiful Dalhausser set, Rogers Kill. 16-18.
Fabio Spike. 16-19.
4 set points Brazil 16-20. Sad play by the Americans and stellar Brazilian play makes for a Brazilian set.
Rogers doesn’t let it go easy. 17-20.
Brazil Ace. 17-21. Set Brazil. 1-1.
OK, now it was time for someone to come to the table. It was Dalhausser. His serve was mean. The US went up fast 6-1 in the shortened set.
Dalhausser and Rogers have won the last 13 matches that went to 3 sets and haven’t lost a 3rd set since 2006. That does not take into consideration sets in which they were up 6-1.
Stuff Dalhausser 7-1. The smash wasn’t working like it was earlier for Fabio, and the Thin Beast was eating him alive now. Fabio (Jaws) had no teeth left and Dalhausser wasn’t going to let him spike with aplomb anymore.
Serve amazing to Fabio, Dalhausser stuff, 8-1 US!!
Wash, Rinse, Repeat. 9-1 US!!
Finally, a Brazilian score. 9-2.
No country has ever doubled in beach volleyball. The next Brazilian serve went into the net. 10-2 US and the Brazilian team looked spent.
Fabio tried a spike, but it went long. 11-2 US. No way Brazil can come back from this.
Long US. 11-3. Brazilians don’t quit.
Nice serve by Brazil, but touch is what it is all about, and a perfect light touch drop shot left the Brazilians staring at each other. 12-3.
Dalhausser block goes out. 12-4.
Brazil service out. 13-4 US!!
Light serve by Rogers, Brazil spike OOB!! 14-4!! Set/Match Point. Set/Match Point. Set/Match Point…GOLD MEDAL OLYMPICS!!
Stuff and block Dalhausser. Bye bye Brazil. Stick to Yellow. Gold belongs to the Beast, the Professor and the USA!!
With Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh winning yesterday, this is the first time in history a nation has won both the women’s and men’s beach volleyball Gold in the same year.