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Dalhausser, Rogers Guarantee Their Advance LONDON (July 31, 2012) – The U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers guaranteed they would advance from their Olympic Games pool on Tuesday with a 19-21, 21-16, 15-13 win in 58 minutes over Spain’s No. 11 Pablo Herrera Allepuz and Adrián Gavira Collado at the Horse Guards Parade venue. Dalhausser said the team could have played better in the first set. “We really made it hard on ourselves tonight,” Dalhausser said. “We had a lot of opportunities in that first set to score points and we didn’t convert. We couldn’t hang on to the darn lead. We’re really lucky to come out with a ‘W’ tonight.” Dalhausser and Rogers led in attacks (37-31), in blocks (5-3) and in aces (3-1). Rogers led in attacks with 27 while Dalhausser had 10. Dalhausser added four blocks and two aces. Rogers was credited with 25 digs. The match was not without controversy as Spain was presented with a yellow card for disputing a call near the end of the third set that gave Dalhausser and Rogers match point. Rogers contacted the ball once with his chest and then hit it over with his hand. The referee told Rogers that the first contact was a “spontaneous reaction.”

Todd Rogers puts a perfect pass in play. (FIVB photo)

“I would have thought that it was a double contact,” Rogers said. “I agreed with (the Spanish team). I talked to the ref; he said it was a ‘boom-boom’ play. I said ‘Hey, I appreciate your judgment that way.’”

Kessy, Ross Go 2-0 at Olympic Games LONDON (July 31, 2012) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Jen Kessy and April Ross guaranteed that they will advance from pool play when they defeated Netherlands’ No. 9 Marleen Van Iersel and Sanne Keizer, 21-15, 12-21, 15-8 at the Horse Guards Parade venue. Kessy and Ross improved to 2-0 and will try to win the pool against No. 16 Liliana Fernández Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan of Spain (2-0).

U.S. fans cheer for Jennifer Kessy and April Ross. (FIVB photo)

Kessy and Ross won the first set. But then a difficult second set was made worse when Kessy had to take an injury timeout to warm up her feet. “It just got to the point where I couldn’t feel my feet at all,” Kessy said. “I just needed to heat them up. I started tripping over my toes, but I got some warm water and that really warmed them up.” Kessy and Ross came back to win the tie-breaker. “Honestly, I don’t think we did anything that different (in the third set),“ Ross said. “Maybe we calmed down and focused on more important stuff.” Kessy and Ross led the Netherlands team in attacks (29-23), blocks (3-2) and aces (4-3). Their scoring was balanced as Kessy finished with 14 kills, two blocks and one ace and Ross finished with 15 kills, two blocks and two aces. Ross finished with 12 digs and Kessy totaled seven.

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Todd Rogers, left, and Phil Dalhausser celebrate. (FIVB photo)

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