Still on Fire: Phil Dalhausser Triumphs at FIVB Brasilia Event, Silva and Franca Grab Women’s Gold

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The 2010 FIVB Champions haven’t missed a beat.

Oakley’s Beach Volleyball Star Phil Dalhausser (and partner Todd Rogers) picked up right where they left off last season with a crushing season opener victory in Brasilia, topping Brazilians Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti, (21-18, 21-13) for the Gold in a mere 35 minutes of finals action.

The American pair topped the “home team” on their own turf for the second year in a row, after taking an intense round four showdown that stretched out to three games (16-21, 21-19, 15-11).

“We love playing in Brazil, the fans are the best in the world and the Brazilian teams are the toughest to beat match in and match out,” Phil said, rocking his Oakley eyewear and board shorts. “We played them two days ago in a match that turned out to be much closer, but they are a great team and they made more errors than we did and that turned out to be the difference.”

Dalhausser and Rogers have now capped off their last six FIVB events with solid wins, which includes a dazzling 30-match winning streak. Saturday’s win was their 18th in 22 career appearances in FIVB Tour gold-medal matches. Together they’ve competed in 38 FIVB Tour events as a tandem.

On the women’s side of the net, Oakley’s Volleyball Star Kerri Walsh and long-time partner in domination Misty May-Treanor appeared together as a pair professionally since 2008 – when both Olympic Gold Medalists took breaks from their careers to start families.

Considering the amount of time passed since playing together, Brasilia was more than solid as they blasted their way to finals to challenge fellow Oakley athletes and Brazilians Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca.

It was a bona fide hard-fought seesaw battle, with the score holding at 12-12 in the final set. But the home team poured in the fire power and emerged with the win in three games (21-16, 15-21, 15-12) in front of a raucous home crowd.

“We are very proud of our play in Brazil,” Kerri said, rocking her Oakley swimwear and eyewear on the beach. “We are frustrated but Juliana and Larissa are the top team in the world right now and that’s where we want to be again in the future. We haven’t played together for over two years, but we did well all things considered.”

All in all, an amazing result for Oakley at the first stop of the FIVB 2011 season!