BERLIN — Despite losing their semifinal match to the reigning world champions from Brazil, Americans Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers still left the German capital here with a medal after Germany's Julius Brink was unable compete in the third-place match here Saturday afternoon due to a left shoulder injury.
Dalhausser and Rogers had an opportunity to advance to the men's gold medal match at the Smart Grand Slam, but let an opportunity slip by them in the third and final set against Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes. The Americans lost to the Brazilians in 64 minutes, 21-15, 19-21, 15-13.
Playing with Christoph Dieckmann, Brink hurt his left shoulder in the first set of an all-German semifinal with David Klemperer and Eric Koreng. After losing the opening set, 21-13, Brink couldn't continue after he and Dieckmann fell behind their German rivals, 17-11.
With their fourth international medal in 10 career starts together, Dalhausser and Rogers shared the $23,000 third-place prize. The bronze medal finish was the Americans' best placement in their three international grand slam events this year. They previously placed fifth in both Paris and Norway after being eliminated by Brazilian teams.
"We gave it our best and are disappointed that we did not win a trip to the gold medal match," said the 33-year old Rogers, who finished seventh with Dalhausser in the 2005 World Championships in their first international beach volleyball event together.
"It is good to leave Berlin with a medal and valuable points for the Olympic qualifying process," Rogers added. "Now, we have a long journey back to Southern California for an AVP Crocs Tour event in Long Beach before returning immediately to Switzerland for the world championships. There is not a lot of time to recover from our hectic world-wide schedule."
The United States left the Washingtonplatz with a pair of medals as Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh climbed atop another international podium Saturday by defeating two-time international points champions Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca of Brazil for the women's gold medal on Saturday.
With an18-21, 21-15, 15-7 win in 54 minutes over Juliana and Larissa, May-Treanor and Walsh claimed their 27th World Tour medal and shared the $43,500 first-place prize. It was their third international event in four starts this season.