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Sean Rosenthal:
 
Sean Rosenthal
United States  
  
 
Vital Statistics
 

Photo: Josh Glazebrook
Birth Date June 19, 1980 (34 years old)
Home Town Redondo Beach, CA
Resides Corona Del Mar, CA
Height 6'4"
  Best Finish Winnings
United States 1st (13 times) $680,065
   AVP 1st (12 times) $599,815
   AVP CUERVO 1st $12,500
   AVP HWN* 1st (5 times) $35,125
   NVL 1st $11,000
   Pro Beach 2nd (2 times) $16,625
   Bonus Money   $5,000
International 1st (10 times) $587,750
   FIVB 1st (10 times) $587,750
Overall 1st (23 times) $1,267,815
 
Bio Bits

Beach Bits:

 Rosenthal's first six AVP titles all came on the East Coast before getting his next four AVP wins in the state of California.
He was one of just three players to rank in the top 10 on the AVP for the five seasons between 2003-07.
 Rosenthal and Gibb won seven FIVB medals in their first six seasons (2006-11), then won five medals in their last year together (2012).
Rosenthal and Gibb won a bronze medal in Quebec in 2011, helping the USA to its first ever podium sweep on the FIVB Tour.
Rosenthal won seven FIVB medals in his first 53 tournaments played from 2003-2011, then he matched that medal count in his next 18 events beginning in 2012.

2013: Rosenthal began a new partnership with Phil Dalhausser, playing an FIVB event with a partner other than Gibb for the first time since 2006. The duo won the season opener, winning in their first outing together. In the World Championships in Stare Jablonki Rosenthal and Dalhausser placed ninth. They won two more gold medals in Grand Slam events, including in Long Beach. Their three gold medals tied for the most on Tour, but they finished ranked ninth as they only played in eight tournaments. On the AVP Tour, Rosenthal and Dalhausser advanced to five semifinals in the nine events, winning once and placing second twice. They were the fourth ranked team on tour.
2012: Rosenthal and Gibb played in 12 FIVB events, advancing to seven semifinals and winning twice. The duo won the season points title, becoming just the third team from the U.S. to accomplish that feat. The duo won four straight medals leading up the London Olympics, where they finished in fifth place.
2011: Rosenthal and Gibb finished 17th in the season opener in Brazil, then rebounded in Shanghai with a silver, their first semifinal appearance since May 2009, ending a drought of 15 straight events without playing for a medal. The duo placed 17th in the World Champsionships in Rome, and won a bronze in Quebec. They ended the year as the 10th-ranked team on the FIVB in season points.
2011: Rosenthal and Gibbs finished 17th in the season opener in Brazil, then rebounded in Shanghai with their first semifinal appearance since May 2009, ending a drought of 15 straight events without playing for a medal.
2010: Began the season with a ninth place finish in the AVP season opener, then placed second in Santa Barbara. Advanced to three semifinals in six AVP events. Playing with Gibb, the duo had a best of fifth four times on the FIVB Tour, including three Grand Slams.
2009: After four second-place finishes in the first six AVP events, Rosenthal and Gibb won the Manhattan Beach Open. The advanced to three semifinals following that, and each time was after suffering an early loss in the winner's bracket. The duo won a bronze medal in Poland then placed ninth in the World Championships in Stavanger, being eliminated by the eventual champions. Rosenthal finished the AVP season ranked ninth in digs per game (4.74). 
2008: Rosenthal played in seven semifinals with Gibb, winning titles in Atlanta, Long Beach and San Francisco. They also won the Cuervo Gold Crown Championships following the Huntington Beach event. Due to missing several events in his effort to qualify for the Olympics, Rosenthal ended the season ranked 12th on the AVP Tour. He was seventh in aces per game (.57) and ninth in hitting percentage (.410). On the FIVB Tour, Rosenthal and Gibb made the semifinals in their first two tournaments, placing fourth before winning in Prague. In the Grand Slam in Stavanger, Norway, the duo placed fifth, and they ended the qualifying process as the 12th-highest ranked team in the world. In the Beijing Olympics, the duo won all three pool play matches and their first round match before being eliminated by the defending Gold Medalists, placing fifth. 
2007: Rosenthal and Gibb started the season with four consecutive second-place finishes. Following another second-place, the duo won consecutive tournaments in Tampa and Atlanta. The pair had four more semifinals, including two championship matches, and Rosenthal ended as the fifth-ranked player. Rosenthal was chosen by Phil Dalhausser to play in the finals of the individual event. He was fourth in digs per game (4.91) and fifth in kills per game (7.21) and was named the AVP Best Defensive Player. On the FIVB Tour, the tandem played in six tournaments, placing fifth twice as their best finishes, including the World Championships in Gstaad, Switzerland.
2006: Rosenthal began playing with Jake Gibb, and they won in Ft. Lauderdale in his first tournament with his new partner, with the $50,000 prize money the largest payout since 1997. They advanced to seven more semifinals during the season, including five more finals. Rosenthal was the fifth-ranked player on tour. He was second in digs per game (5.02) and kills per game (7.60). On the FIVB Tour Rosenthal and Gibb lost their first three matches of the season, finishing 25th in their first event. But in their third tournament, in a Grand Slam in Paris, they finished second. To conclude the international season, they placed second in Vitoria, Brazil before winning in Acapulco. Rosenthal was selected as the FIVB Top Rookie.
2005: Rosenthal and Witt advanced to five semifinals, including a second-place finish in Huntington Beach. That match marked Karch Kiraly's final victory of his career, and set the world record for oldest player to win an event. He finished fifth in the individual event, but was chosen as a partner in the finals by Jake Gibb, and during the match hit an incredible shot which became known as the "Vegas Line." He ended the season ranked 10th in aces per gme (.36).
2004: Started the season with a win in Ft. Lauderdale with Witt, earning them the number one seed for the next tournament, in which they finished 17th. The duo played in two more championship matches as well as a third place finish in Belmar. Rosenthal was the fifth-ranked player on tour and took part in the individual event for the first time. He led the tour in aces per game (.49) and was 10th in hitting percentage (.418).
2003: Began a partnership with Larry Witt, and in Belmar in their fifth event together, the duo claimed the title, winning four straight matches against tems seeded fourth or better. They posted a pair of third-place finishes after that, and Rosenthal ended as the 10th-ranked player on tour.
2002: Played with Williams for six events, finishing seventh twice. Rosenthal was named the AVP's Best Server.
2001: Played two tournaments apiece with three different partners; Casey Jennings, Carlucci and Mark Williams. In his first event with Williams, in Santa Barbara, he posted a career best fifth place despite being seeded 27th. 
2000: Opened the season with Jason Pursley, finishing 21st, then partnered with Jeff Carlucci for seven events. He and Carlucci placed 17th six times before failing to qualify for the final event.
1997: Less than a week before he turned 17, he made his pro beach volleyball debut in Hermosa Beach with Sean Smith, finishing 49th.

Olympics:
In the 2008 Beijing Olympics Rosenthal qualified with Jake Gibb as the number seven seed. The duo went 3-0 in pool play, then 1-1 in bracket play, placing fifth.
In the 2012 London Olympics Rosenthal qualified with Jake Gibb as the fourth seed. The duo went 2-1 in pool play, then 1-1 in bracket play, placing fifth.

Personal: Rosenthal is the second of seven children (six boys and the youngest is a girl). He prepped at Redondo Union High School and never played organized volleyball but grew up playing beach volleyball. He played in the AVA National Championships in 2000 and 2001. He has a local legion of fans in the South Bay, known as "Rosie's Raiders."

 
 
Awards
 
  • AVP Best Defensive Player 2007
  • AVP Best Server 2002
  • FIVB Most Outstanding 2012
  • FIVB Team of the Year 2012 (Jake Gibb)
  • FIVB Top Rookie 2006
  • FIVB Tour Champion 2012 (Jake Gibb)
 
Career Summary
 
United States
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 12th 13th 17th 21st 25th 41st 49th CQ
1997 AVP 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0.00     0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2000 AVP 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $2,750.00     0 0 6 1 0 1 0 0
2001 AVP 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 $3,725.00 342.0 29th 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
2002 AVP 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 $6,245.00 507.0 17th 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 AVP 9 1 0 2 0 1 4 1 $22,895.00 1,102.0 10th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 AVP 12 1 2 1 0 2 2 2 $31,410.00 1,243.0 5th 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2005 AVP 14 0 1 4 0 4 1 3 $59,200.00 1,623.0 10th 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 AVP 16 1 5 1 1 3 2 2 $91,400.00 2,089.0 5th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 AVP 17 2 7 2 0 5 1 0 $115,650.00 2,392.0 5th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 AVP CUERVO 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 $12,500.00 0.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 12th 13th 17th 21st 25th 41st 49th CQ
2008 AVP HWN* 8 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 $25,750.00     0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 AVP 12 3 2 2 1 3 0 1 $80,000.00 1,774.0 12th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 AVP HWN* 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 $9,375.00     0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 AVP 13 1 4 4 0 2 2 0 $96,190.00 3,370.0 5th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 AVP 6 0 1 2 0 1 0 2 $22,850.00 1,385.0 11th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 Pro Beach 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 $9,375.00 612.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 NVL 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 $11,000.00 695.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 AVP 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 $25,000.00 2,520.0 1st 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Pro Beach 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 $7,250.00 420.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 NVL 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 $0.00     0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 12th 13th 17th 21st 25th 41st 49th CQ
2013 AVP 7 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 $30,250.00 1,580.0 7th 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 AVP 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 $17,250.00 1,205.0 16th 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total
(Rank)
  153
(43rd)
13
(35th)
28 22 2 25 15 15 $680,065.00
(20th)
22,859.0   1 6 10 1 0 1 1 0
 
International
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 12th 13th 17th 21st 25th 41st 49th CQ
2003 FIVB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $1,750.00 30.0 146th 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2004 FIVB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0.00     0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2006 FIVB 6 1 2 0 0 1 0 1 $53,225.00 1,360.0 17th 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2007 FIVB 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 $26,950.00 950.0 51st 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
2008 FIVB 9 1 0 0 1 2 1 3 $42,650.00 1,420.0 31st 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2009 FIVB 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 $24,975.00 930.0 44th 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2010 FIVB 10 0 0 0 0 4 0 3 $40,850.00 1,520.0 23rd 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
2011 FIVB 14 0 1 1 0 2 1 2 $56,950.00 1,910.0 13th 0 0 6 0 1 0 0 0
2012 FIVB 12 2 2 1 2 3 0 2 $120,050.00 3,060.0 1st 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 FIVB 8 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 $61,350.00 2,100.0 22nd 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 12th 13th 17th 21st 25th 41st 49th CQ
2014 FIVB 10 3 1 1 0 2 0 1 $159,000.00 2,720.0 3rd 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Total
(Rank)
  83
(115th)
10
(16th)
6 4 3 17 2 19 $587,750.00
(21st)
16,000.0   0 2 16 0 3 0 0 1
 
 
 
 
Overall
Total
(Rank)
  236
(25th)
23
(24th)
34 26 5 42 17 34 $1,267,815.00
(14th)
38,859.0   1 8 26 1 3 1 1 1
 
* AVP Hot Winter Nights events are exhibitions and only count for tournaments played and prize money won.
Red denotes ranked 1st
 

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