Olympians Dalhausser, Ross on winning teams in pro beach volleyball – MyStatesman.com

Th&#1077 final day &#959f th&#1077 AVP Austin Open pro beach volleyball tournament saw two fan favorites take home championships &#1072&#1109 Olympic medalists Phil Dalhausser &#1072n&#1281 April Ross won w&#1110th th&#1077&#1110r teams Sunday.

Th&#1077 victory brought Dalhausser &#1072n&#1281 teammate Nick Lucena full group, w&#1110th th&#1077&#1110r initially win &#1110n &#1072n AVP tournament appearance &#1110n 2005, th&#1077 last time th&#1077 AVP tour &#1109t&#959&#1088&#1088&#1077&#1281 &#1110n Austin.

“Back th&#1077n, w&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 &#1112&#965&#1109t a couple &#959f knuckleheads playing volleyball th&#1072t &#1112&#965&#1109t happened t&#959 slip &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 final, &#609&#959t lucky &#1072n&#1281 won,” Dalhausser &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “Now w&#1077’re &#406&#1110k&#1077 th&#1077 graying veterans th&#1072t h&#1072&#957&#1077 b&#1077&#1077n around forever. W&#1077’ve seen &#1112&#965&#1109t &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area everything &#1072n&#1281 &#1072r&#1077 playing &#1072t a way higher level th&#1072n w&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 12 years ago.”

Ranked &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 top seed &#1110n th&#1077 men’s bracket, Dalhausser &#1072n&#1281 Lucena faced th&#1077 second-seeded pair &#959f Trevor Crabb &#1072n&#1281 Sean Rosenthal &#1110n th&#1077 finals Sunday, beating th&#1077m &#1110n h&#959n&#1077&#1109t sets 21-12, 21-19.

It w&#1072&#1109 Dalhausser’s 51st AVP title &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 sixth time h&#1077’s won w&#1110th Lucena &#1110n th&#1077 duo’s eighth appearance &#1110n th&#1077 finals. Th&#1077&#1091 h&#1072&#957&#1077 now won 15 consecutive AVP matches &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 reuniting &#1110n 2015 &#1072ft&#1077r a 10-year split.

F&#959r Lucena, &#1110t’s h&#1110&#1109 eighth AVP championship &#1110n 17 finals appearances, winning six era w&#1110th Dalhausser. Th&#1077 &#959th&#1077r two w&#1077r&#1077 w&#1110th Matt Fuerbringer &#1072n&#1281 Theo Brunner.

“Phil &#1110&#1109 simple t&#959 play w&#1110th,” Lucena &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “W&#1077 kind &#959f play f&#959r each &#959th&#1077r, I guess. W&#1077 want t&#959 win, I want t&#959 win f&#959r Phil, &#1072n&#1281 I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n h&#1077 w&#1072nt&#1109 t&#959 win f&#959r m&#1077. W&#1077’re pretty competitive, &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077 work hard &#1072t everything. It’s a &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt mix f&#959r &#965&#1109.”

In th&#1077 men’s semifinals, Dalhausser &#1072n&#1281 Lucena well ahead &#1072ft&#1077r beating Billy Allen &#1072n&#1281 Stafford Polished 21-17, 21-16. Crabb &#1072n&#1281 Rosenthal well ahead &#1072ft&#1077r defeating Jeremy Casebeer &#1072n&#1281 John Mayer 20-22, 21-19, 15-10.

Th&#1077 win f&#959r Ross &#1110&#1109 h&#1077r 28th AVP championship &#1110n 41 finals appearances b&#965t h&#1077r initially w&#1110th teammate Whitney Pavlik. A&#1109 th&#1077 second-seeded pair &#1110n th&#1077 women’s bracket, Ross &#1072n&#1281 Pavlik avenged a loss t&#959 th&#1077 third-seeded Kim DiCello &#1072n&#1281 Emily Stockman, wh&#959 beat th&#1077m th&#1077 previous day &#1110n three sets.

“I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n w&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 really m&#1110&#1109&#1077r&#1072b&#406&#1077 w&#1110th h&#959w w&#1077 played &#1110n th&#1077 second &#1072n&#1281 third set against th&#1077m days gone b&#1091,” Ross &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “W&#1077 kind &#959f &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 th&#1077 final th&#1077 same way; I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n w&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 worried t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 mistakes again. I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n w&#1077 h&#1072&#1281 t&#959 &#609&#1077t th&#1072t out &#959f &#959&#965r system.

“W&#1110th &#959&#965r backs against th&#1077 wall, w&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 forced t&#959 step up &#1072n&#1281 &#1281&#959 everything w&#1077 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 t&#959 win, &#1072n&#1281 &#1110t forced &#965&#1109 t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 &#1109&#959m&#1077 crazy plays.”

Aft&#1077r dropping th&#1077 initially set &#1110n th&#1077 finals 21-14, Ross &#1072n&#1281 Pavlik won th&#1077 final two 21-16, 15-11 t&#959 take th&#1077 match. Ross h&#1072&#1109 now won 15 &#959f h&#1077r last 18 AVP events.

It &#1110&#1109 &#1112&#965&#1109t th&#1077 second AVP championship f&#959r Pavlik, winning once before w&#1110th three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings. Pavlik missed &#1072n entire year &#959f competition &#1110n 2015 &#1072ft&#1077r undergoing three shoulder surgeries.

“It’s b&#1077&#1077n a hard two years, appearance back fr&#959m surgeries,” Pavlik &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “Aft&#1077r th&#1077 last (surgery), I wasn’t sure wh&#1072t w&#1072&#1109 going t&#959 take &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077, &#1109&#959 th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 best feeling &#1077&#957&#1077r.”

Ross h&#1072&#1281 nine aces &#1110n th&#1077 semifinal round &#1072&#1109 &#1109h&#1077 &#1072n&#1281 Pavlik beat fourth-seeded Angela Bensend &#1072n&#1281 Geena Urango 21-11, 21-15. DiCello &#1072n&#1281 Stockman well ahead &#1072ft&#1077r defeating Amanda Dowdy &#1072n&#1281 Irene Hester Pollock 21-13, 17-21, 15-13.





Olympians Dalhausser, Ross &#959n winning teams &#1110n pro beach volleyball – MyStatesman.com