Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal are teaming up to become what is bound to be the hot beach team of the 2013 season. Both Rosie and Dalhausser are coming off disappointing runs at the London Olympics. Dalhausser and then-partner Todd Rogers were eliminated by the Italian team of Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo in the round of 16, while Rosenthal and Jake Gibb lost in the quarterfinals to the Latvian duo, Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins, who went on to win bronze.
Dalhausser began playing with Rogers in 2006 and in their seven-year run the team collected an FIVB World Championship in 2007, an Olympic gold medal in 2008, as well as many other AVP and FIVB wins. Dalhausser and Rogers hold an FIVB World Tour record with 40 consecutive matches won. Of the split, Rogers said he plans to scale back his international play but still plans to play domestically and is currently looking for a new partner. He says there are no hard feelings about the break up.
Rosenthal and Gibb also began their partnership in 2006. They qualified for their first Olympics in 2008 and placed fifth. As a team, they also have 14 domestic tournament titles and 4 FIVB tournament titles. Gibb had a rocky couple of years leading up to London – he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2010 and at first believed he would have to undergo three rounds of chemotherapy and miss the Olympics all together. Instead, he had surgery to remove the cancer, and he and Rosie qualified for the Olympics when they defeated the reigning FIVB World Champions from Brazil. The demise of their partnership seems to have come about amicably and Gibb and Rosenthal pledge to remain friends.
Rosenthal and Dalhausser should make an excellent match. Rosenthal, at 6'4", is two inches taller than Rogers, making opposing teams’ choice of who to serve perhaps a bit more challenging. Dalhausser is also looking forward to the chance to play on the right side, when with Rogers he played on the left, a factor that influenced Dalhausser’s decision to play with Rosenthal over former partner Nick Lucena.
Gibb will be playing this season with Casey Patterson who previously partnered with Ryan Doherty. Perhaps we’ll see a Doherty-Rogers partnership in the future now that they’re both on the market.
Originally published in January 2013