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Who is... Phil Dalhausser

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Nicknamed “the Thin Beast”, Phil Dalhausser is set to make his third Olympic appearance in Rio. Dalhausser made his professional beach volleyball debut in 2004 alongside partner Nick Lucena. The pair split after the 2005 season but reunited in 2015. They enter the Rio Olympic beach volleyball tournament as the third seeded team. 

Sport Beginnings

Dalhausser began playing volleyball in high school after a friend suggested he tried the sport. He joined a club team at University of Central Florida and says that not playing in a college program gave him an advantage because he had more time to play on the beach. 

He made his professional debut in 2004 alongside Nick Lucena. The duo played together until 2005 when Dalhausser went on to play with two-time Olympic partner Todd Rogers. 

Major Competitions/Medals

Dalhausser and his then-partner Todd Rogers won gold in their Olympic debut at the Beijing Games. The pair returned to the London Games but placed ninth after losing in the Round of 16 to Italy’s Nicolai/Lupo. 

Breakout Moment

In their early career together, Dalhausser and Lucena beat top-seeded Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert at the 2004 AVP Hermosa Beach Open. Seeded 16th, Dalhausser/Lucena won 16-21, 21-18, 15-9 and placed third in the tournament, according to BVBinfo. The following year the pair won the AVP Austin Open, their first tournament gold together.

Records Held

FIVB Most Outstanding (2014, 2013, 2010)

FIVB Best Blocker (2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005)

FIVB Best Setter  (2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)

FIVB Best Server  (2014)

Olympic Experience

2012, 2008

Off the sand

Phil Dalhausser married fellow professional beach volleyball player Jennifer Corral in 2011. They have two children Sebastian and Sofia. Dalhausser holds a degree in business administration from University of Central Florida. 

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