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Phil Dalhausser, Sean Rosenthal in beach volleyball final at Long Beach
Phil Dalhausser, Sean Rosenthal in beach volleyball final at Long Beach

Defense doesn't always win championships in beach volleyball, but it might for Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal at the FIVB Grand Slam in Long Beach. Tied 11-11 in the first set of their semifinal match against Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson, Dalhausser denied Gibb at the net once, then Patterson, and then Patterson again to win the point. Two plays later, Rosenthal pulled off a flailing, chicken-wing dig on Patterson and finished with a cross-court spike to make it 14-11 and seize control of the match. "It was a critical part of the match there," Dalhausser said. "It kind of gave us a little momentum and sports is all about momentum. If you switch the momentum to...

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