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August 22, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
The two grew up together in the same South Bay city, playing the same sport on the same sun-splashed beaches. Eventually, Aaron Wachtfogel and Sean Rosenthal turned the game into a career, becoming professional beach volleyball players. But their parallel paths never crossed until this year's Manhattan Beach Open, when the Redondo Beach natives played together for the first time. And their inaugural duet paid off, as the two cruised through the Open and won Sunday's men's final with ease, beating Dana Camacho and Billy Strickland, 15-4, with several hundred fans crowded around the court's edges.
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October 18, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
About four hours and a couple of Red Bulls didn't make a difference. Second-seeded Phil Dalhausser, an Olympic gold medalist in 2008, and partner Sean Rosenthal had been upset Friday in a first-round match at the AVP Championships volleyball tournament in Huntington Beach by a pair of qualifiers, Trevor Crabb and Steven VanderWerp, 21-15, 21-18. The dispirited losers spoke of being exhausted. Rosenthal was dealing with an aching back. Dalhausser even said, "It's going to be hard to get up for the loser bracket match this afternoon.
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August 25, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
The American duo is back beneath Southern California sunshine, playing more than 5,000 miles from London and the shocking Olympics loss they suffered this month. But the sting of Jake Gibb's and Sean Rosenthal's early upset at the Olympics in men's beach volleyball did not stay across the pond. It still lingers, even as they start in the main draw competition Saturday at the Manhattan Beach Open, in which the duo is the top-seeded of 32 men's teams. "London was hard and I'm still digesting it," Gibb said of his and Rosenthal's loss as the fourth-seeded team to a 17th-seeded Latvian team.
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July 28, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
Jennifer Dalhausser likes to call her husband, Phil, the Tim Duncan of beach volleyball. Tall, bald and emotionless on the court. Back when they started dating in 2010, Jennifer remembers while Phil was away competing, she would check out highlights on YouTube from his early playing days. He was passionate, celebrating raucously and clearly enjoying himself. But rather than comfort Jennifer, that made her sad. It showed her how impassive, even melancholy, he had become while rising to be the world's best player.
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July 23, 2010 | By Laura Myers
Beach volleyball partnerships can often seem like business deals, a way for each party to benefit from the other. Friendship is not always an outcome — but it was for Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal. "We go out together, we golf together," Gibb said. "We spend our time outside the volleyball arena together and it becomes somewhat of a marriage. I see the kid more than I see my wife sometimes." As in any relationship, the two are having some problems. They will try to work those issues out in a familiar location beginning Saturday at the AVP Long Beach Open.
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August 21, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Fans lined the edges of the beach volleyball courts, lounging just inches away from players, easy distance for playful banter. "So," one fan began, "are those shorts pink, or salmon?" "Umm … salmon," joked a player, a long thought later. The 50th anniversary of the Manhattan Beach Open, considered the crown jewel of beach volleyball events, was certainly intimate Saturday. It was also old school. No fences, no seating, no international or Assn. of Volleyball Professional rules.
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July 28, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
Jennifer Dalhausser likes to call her husband, Phil, the Tim Duncan of beach volleyball. Tall, bald and emotionless on the court. Back when they started dating in 2010, Jennifer remembers while Phil was away competing, she would check out highlights on YouTube from his early playing days. He was passionate, celebrating raucously and clearly enjoying himself. But rather than comfort Jennifer, that made her sad. It showed her how impassive, even melancholy, he had become while rising to be the world's best player.
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July 23, 2005 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
Rosie's Raiders were as boisterous as usual Friday during the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Hermosa Beach Open, displaying their support of local favorite Sean Rosenthal and partner Larry Witt. But the group of about 50 fans, known to travel with the AVP, so that Rosenthal and Witt are not without backing, was a man short.
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June 5, 2010 | By Peter Yoon
Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser are refreshed, and that could mean that the rest of the men's teams on the AVP Nivea Tour are in for a long season. Coming off what they consider a down year last season, the tour's dominant men's team had a restful off-season and appears to be heading back to the level they reached in winning 15 tournaments — including the Beijing Olympics — in 2008. On Saturday, Rogers and Dalhausser, the top seeded-team, advanced to the final four of the Huntington Beach Open by winning two matches, which shouldn't be a surprise because they haven't lost a match on the AVP Tour this season.
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August 25, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
Manhattan Beach Open officials just want a second chance, that's all. Sure, they know fans, sponsors and players were burned by pro beach volleyball a year ago when the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals shut down its tour and took the sport's credibility with it. But they hope the reincarnation of the sport's crown jewel tournament, which begins Thursday with qualifying rounds and holds its finals Sunday, will be such a smash hit for the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series that the scorned fall back in love.
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July 27, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
Sean Rosenthal seemed to cover the whole beach in the FIVB Grand Slam gold medal match in Long Beach on Saturday. Diving digs. Tomahawk digs. Chicken-wing digs. Every time Pablo Herrera Allepuz and Adrian Gavira Collado of Spain were on the verge of swinging the momentum back their way, Rosenthal would hit the sand to keep a rally alive and he or partner Phil Dalhausser would finish with the kill. "I'm just doing what I've been taught and learned over the years, being patient and not guessing," Rosenthal said.
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July 26, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
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.
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September 24, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
It was an afternoon of goodbyes on the sand. Of course, they weren't long goodbyes on Sunday in Huntington Beach because beach volleyball remains a wonderfully efficient sport. If you blink, you might miss a turning point. In short, one team finished the domestic beach volleyball season with another victory, capping off a nearly flawless run on the Jose Cuervo tour. Two men put an indelible stamp of ownership on Southern California beachfront, a hat trick of wins this summer: Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and now Huntington Beach.
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September 9, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
SANTA BARBARA -- Championship point: a capacity crowd on its feet, clapping inflatable thunder sticks and hands in sync, with music pounding, chants thundering, sunshine warming and an ocean breeze cooling. Moments later, soaked in champagne from a finals win, Sean Rosenthal said, "It was like the AVP was never gone. " The Assn. of Volleyball Professionals shut down in 2010 when it ran out of money, but the pro beach volleyball tour returned this year with two events, the last of which — the AVP championships — was held here over the weekend.
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August 26, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
There were 32 men's and 32 women's teams that competed in the main-draw competition at the Manhattan Beach Open on Saturday. But heading into Sunday's final day of play at the professional beach volleyball event, only eight teams from each side remain - and the top-seeded teams are among them. The U.S. Olympian pair of Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb, the No. 1-seeded men's team that finished fifth in London, will face Adrian Carambula and Steve Grotowski, the seventh-seeded team, in the quarterfinals.
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August 25, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
The American duo is back beneath Southern California sunshine, playing more than 5,000 miles from London and the shocking Olympics loss they suffered this month. But the sting of Jake Gibb's and Sean Rosenthal's early upset at the Olympics in men's beach volleyball did not stay across the pond. It still lingers, even as they start in the main draw competition Saturday at the Manhattan Beach Open, in which the duo is the top-seeded of 32 men's teams. "London was hard and I'm still digesting it," Gibb said of his and Rosenthal's loss as the fourth-seeded team to a 17th-seeded Latvian team.
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July 18, 2009 | Bill Brink
Nicole Branagh is 30. Her playing partner on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tour, Elaine Youngs, is 39. Youngs won a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and has won 35 domestic tournaments. Branagh was the tour's rookie of the year in 2005 and has twice been named its most improved player. So, naturally, their first match Friday at the Manhattan Beach Open was against a couple of teenagers.
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August 6, 2012 | By David Wharton
LONDON - As night descended on center court at Horse Guards Parade, a gentle rain began to fall. In that moment, you could see it and feel it, the gloom that had settled over the American men in beach volleyball. Fourth-seeded Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal fell in three sets to 17th-seeded Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins of Latvia on Monday evening, marking the second time in four days that a U.S. pair had been upset. That means no American men will stand on the podium in this sport at the 2012 London Olympics.
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