Oakley Dominates At The Foro Italico Beach Volley Grand Slam
Oakley’s Olympic champions Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers captured Gold at the third Swatch World Tour event, the Foro Italico Beach Volley Grand Slam in Rome, Italy. Oakley’s Adrian Gavira and Pablo Herrera of Spain earned bronze and their first medal of the season. In women’s, Oakley’s reigning FIVB world champions Jen Kessey and April Ross claimed their second-straight Gold medal.
Dalhausser and Rogers had a 23-21 and 21-11 win in 47 minutes over fourth-seeded Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego of Brazil on the Parco del Foro Italico center court.
“After playing two very tough matches Saturday to reach the semi-finals, it was great to only play two sets in each of our wins today,” said 36-years old Rogers. “We defeated two very good teams today and we played very well in both matches. It is great to have two gold medals to our credit this season after three events.”
Sunday’s two wins propelled Dalhausser and Rogers to the top spot on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour as the Americans have amassed 1,820 points and $84,700 in winnings this year.
In the bronze medal match, Gavira and Herrera earned their first SWATCH FIVB World Tour medal in 2010 with a 21-17 and 21-17 win in 47 minutes over Brink and Reckermann, the defending Rome champions.
In women’s, Jen Kessey and April Ross defeated Germany’s Sara Goller and Laura Ludwin with a 21-19 and 21-17 win in 43 minutes. Kessy and Ross captured their eighth international gold medal in 14 title matches along with sharing the $43,500 first-place prize in the third of 15 women’s events on the 2010 SWATCH FIVB World Tour calendar.
“It is great to win a final in Rome, especially with it being a Grand Slam event,” said the 27-year old Ross. “It has been a long week with the matches stretched out over a six-day period. We started the season slowly with a fourth in the opener in Brazil last month and we are playing our best Beach Volleyball now.”