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The Defending Champs:
Nickname: "The Professor"
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Rogers is one of the most decorated players in the history of the sport, and acts as a player-coach for the team. He has 24 international wins on the FIVB Tour and 52 victories in the now-defunct AVP. He has over $2 million in career winnings.
Nickname: "The Thin Beast"
Hometown: Baden, Switzerland
Dalhausser is the most physically dominant player in the world, period. Under the tutelage of Rogers, he has become the prototypical big man, with a pair of ultra-soft setting hands to boot. He was won 23 FIVB events and 44 times on the AVP Tour, earning over $1.6 million.
The Other Top Americans:
Nickname: "Rosie" and "Superman"
Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA
Rosenthal is a freakish athlete with incredible quickness on the defensive side of things. While on the AVP Tour, his band of loyal fans, "Rosie's Raiders", terrorized opponents as they watched their man win nine events. He and Gibb have 14 FIVB podium finishes with four tournament wins.
Hometown: Bountiful, UT
Gibb is a well-rounded big man and was named MVP of the AVP Tour in 2005. A devout Mormon, he has 10 siblings. Interestingly, Gibb didn't take up beach volleyball until he was 21. He has 12 AVP win and four FIVB victories with Rosenthal, his longtime teammate.