TODD ROGERS AND PHIL DALHAUSSER WIN BRONZE

Todd and Phil started strong and left the pool stage without dropping a set.

In the second and third round, the top seeded champions from last year had to fight harder. First they deafeated Tarjei Skarlund and Martin Spinnangr from Norway 2-1 (24-22, 16-21, 15-13), then they clashed against the local heroes Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel from Poland. After losing the first set, Phil and Todd showed their class and came back to win another three setter by 2-1 (19-21, 21-19, 15-10).

Unfortunately it wasn’t enough for the final. In the semifinal, Phil and Todd lost against the London bronze medallists Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins. Although the Americans decided the first set to their favour, the Latvians had the better and with 2-1 (17-21, 21-15, 15-8).

The bronze medal match against their compatriots Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal ended after only six points played, since Gibb had to forfeit the match due to back problems.

Though winning bronze, Todd was a bit disappointed about a missed opportunity: „We wanted to win really bad. There are five teams on the Tour with two wins each and it would have been nice for us to have won a third.“

The second FIVB Heroes team in Poland, London silver medallists Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego, finished fifth.

Gold went to Smedins and Plavins, silver to Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst from Austria.

To know how the FIVB Heroes prepare for 2013, stay tuned on FIVBheroes.com!