Wednesday, May 7, 2008

First US men's duo to qualify for Olympics

by Unknown at 8:00 AM

With a finish in the FIVB Prague Men's Open this week, Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal will be the first American men's beach volleyball team to qualify for the 2008 Olympics, tentatively taking one of two available US country quota berths.

Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, who lead Gibb-Rosy with more than 1000 international points, have yet to play their final tournament to qualify, but will have plenty of opportunities before the July 20 cutoff.

These two teams will be the likely US reps at Beijing, but last minute runs are being made by two other teams:

  • Casey Jennings/Matt Fuerbringer (six more tournaments to qualify)
  • Mike Lambert/Stein Metzger (three more tournaments to qualify)
The women's qualification battle might be a bit closer. The following teams are all qualified:
  • May-Walsh (5840 pts)
  • Branagh-Youngs (3800 pts)
  • Ross-Boss (2900)
  • Wacholder-Turner (2324)
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