Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Phil Dalhausser, US Gold Olympian ready for his 4th return to the Marianas Cup!

On August 21, 2008 at the Beijing Summer Olympics, the world witnessed the Men’s Finals of Beach Volleyball where Phil Dalhausser and partner Todd Rogers (Team USA) defeated Fabio Magahaes and Marcio Araujo (Team Brazil) in the third set of the deciding championship game in which the USA won 15-4. And with the gold medal, the US became the first country in Olympic beach volleyball history to sweep gold at the same Games.

Phil Dalhausser, age 29, standing at a lofty 6’9” received the nickname “the Beijing Beast” after capturing the gold last summer and earning the title of Men’s MVP. He and Rogers became the first US Men’s team to win a world title and they’ve won four of the seven international tournaments they’ve played in 2008. Dalhausser enjoyed a breakout year with Rogers in 2006, winning eight AVP Tour events and a FIVB event in Austria.

Dalhausser, the recent Olympian will come to the shores of Saipan next week to participate in the 17th Marianas Cup Beach Volleyball Festival scheduled for 6-8 March 2009. This year marks his fourth trip to the longest standing beach volleyball event in Micronesia. During his week-long visit, Dalhausser, along with the other pros, will visit schools, host the FREE Kids’ Volleyball Clinic at PIC on March 5th from 3-5pm and showcase his talents with Paul Baxter at the highly anticipated Exhibition Match against the Team Japan (Shimpei Aoki & Yasuo Nakaya) and Team Korea (

at the PIC Volleyball Courts will include a Kids’ Clinic run by the pros on 5 March from 3-5pm and the Kids’ Marianas Cup on Sunday, March 15th. The highly anticipated Exhibition Match among the US, Japan and Korean professionals is open to the public and will be held at PIC’s beach volleyball courts on Friday, 6 March 2009 starting at approximately 5pm.

The Northern Mariana Islands Volleyball Association (NMIVA) thanks all the sponsors for contributing to this worthwhile, international event. Sponsors include: Aon Insurance, Aqua Resort Club, Chong’s Corporation, Delta Management Corporation, Glooay Mai Thai Spa, Gregg Elliott Artworks, Hertz, Hyatt Regency Saipan, Island Apparel, IT&E, KSPN2, LISS, Marianas Eye Institute, Mariana Resort & Spa, Marianas Trekking, MVA, Microl Corporation, No Ka Oi, NWA, PDI, Pacific Eagle Enterprises, PIC Guam, PIC Saipan, PTC, Saipan Grand Hotel, Seafix Inc., Shell Marianas, Star Sands Plaza, Stars & Stripes, Law Offices of Stephen J. Nutting, Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino, Topnotch, Traders Insurance, Triple J Wholesale, WDI Saipan (Tony Roma’s & Capricciosa’s).