Posted: Jul 29, 2012 5:03 PM by Bill Halter
Updated: Jul 29, 2012 11:27 PM
Defending beach volleyball champions Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser won their opener at the Olympics, improving the United States to 4-0 in men's and women's beach volleyball. Rogers lives in Solvang and grew up in Santa Barbara.
Rogers and Dalhausser lost their first match in Beijing, then came back to win their next six matches, including the gold medal game. They started out better this time, eliminating the Japanese team of Kentaro Asahi and Katsuhiro Shiratori 21-15, 21-16.
It was an inconsistent performance by Rodgers and Dalhausser against the inferior Japanese team. "It's just good to get this under your belt. Phil said it before, let's just go out there and have fun. Let's get this game under our belt, see if we can't enjoy the experience and that's what we did" said Rodgers.
"I think we're going to have to play a little better than we did tonight. The tour is really deep right now, there's a lot of good teams here in London. But I think if we play our best ball we're pretty tough to beat" said Dalhausser.
On the women's side, Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy also won their match Sunday night. They beat a team from Argentina in straight sets.
Two-time women's gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor won Saturday, as did number two U.S. men's team Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal.
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