Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers Lose to Casey Patterson and Ryan DohertyMay 20, 2012
(Baltimore, MD) – 10th seeded Ryan Doherty and Casey Patterson defeated top-seeded 2008 Olympic Gold Medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers 23-21, 19-21, and 15-13 in the finals at The National Volleball League Baltimore Preakness Open.
The upset, a career open win for Doherty and a third for Patterson was part of a two day $50,000 tournament, held in Baltimore, MD in conjunction with the Preakness Stakes and is the only domestic event for Dalhausser and Rogers prior to the London Games.
"I want to congratulate Casey and Ryan," said Rogers. "Ryan is coming up fast on the scene and we expect a lot of things from our next big guy. Phil and I have two months left to build up and defend our title."
"I wish I had better words to describe this win," said Doherty. "Amazing doesn't quite describe it."
Says Patterson, “I could eat the volleyball, that's how unreal it feels. I feel like we can stop at never now!"
Doherty and Patterson plan to use the next four years to prepare for the Olympics in Rio.
London Olympians and top-seeded Jen Kessy and April Ross defeated 2nd-seeded Jenny Kropp and Whitney Pavlik 21-13, 21-16. It was the 24th career open win for Kessy, the 21st for Ross and their 21st together.
ABOUT THE NVL
The National Volleyball League (www.TheNVL.com) is the professional beach volleyball association in the U.S. The NVL was founded in late 2010 by pro beach volleyball player Albert Hannemann and played its first full pro season in 2011. Its tournaments are often produced in conjunction with large-scale lifestyle events, the first of which is The Preakness Stakes, the Triple Crown horse race held in May in Baltimore. The NVL has been created and designed to fully support the needs of the players, fans and sponsors. More information can be found at www.thenvl.com.
ABOUT THE PREAKNESS
The Maryland Jockey Club was founded in 1743, and thus today is the oldest sporting association in the North America. After 269 years it remains the corporate name of Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, which opened in 1870, and is home to the Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel in horse racing's famed Triple Crown. Preakness InfieldFest is a multi-entertainment festival that includes live music, a beer garden, bikini contest and pro beach volleyball. The 2012 headline acts will be Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa. More information on can be found at www.preakness.com.