Nick Lucena


Name: Nick Lucena
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball
Height: 6-1
DOB: 9/22/1979
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
College: Florida State, Sport Management 2003
Other Career Highlights
  • Finished fifth at the 2016 Rio Olympics with Phil Dalhausser, being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Brazil
  • Placed fourth at the 2015 Beach World Championships with Theo Brunner, lost the bronze medal match to Brazil
  • Named the AVP Best Defensive Player in 2014, the second time he's picked up the accolade (first in 2008)
  • Won the FIVB Xiamen Open with Phil Dalhausser, his first World Tour gold; followed with gold at the 2016 FIVB Puerto Vallarta Open
  • Won silver at the inaugural FIVB World Tour Finals in 2015 with Phil Dalhausser
  • Finished 2012 ranked seventh in FIVB season points with Matt Fuerbringer, just missing the bid as the U.S.' second Olympic team
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  • Finished the 2016 season tying for fifth at the World Tour Finals after being eliminated by John Hyden and Tri Bourne in the quarterfinals
  • Won the AVP Championships with Dalhausser, their second AVP title of 2016
  • Earned silver at the Long Beach Grand Slam just days after the Olympic Games
  • Seeded #3 at the Olympics with Phil Dalhausser. Duo finished 5th at the Rio Olympics, going 4-1, falling 21-14, 12-21, 15-9 to Brazil's Alison/Bruno in the quarterfinals
  • Won silver at the Long Beach Grand Slam in his and Dalhausser's first FIVB tournament after the Olympics, their 12th medal as a team
  • With Phil Dalhausser, pair finished third in Olympic rankings on June 12, 2016; which is first among U.S. men's teams. Duo satisfied their Olympic qualification requirements at the Moscow Grand Slam
  • Tied for fifth at the Porec Major, on the third time ever Dalhausser/Lucena have lost in a quarterfinal together on the FIVB World Tour; wrapped the World Tour prior to the Olympics with silver at Gstaad Major
  • Won the AVP New York City Open, his third AVP title with Dalhausser, first in 2016. Tied for third at the Manhattan Beach Open
  • Won the Hamburg Major for the pair's sixth gold; they also have three silver in Olympic qualification
  • Finished with bronze at the Cincinnati Open and 17th at the Moscow Grand Slam
  • Gold at the Fuzhou Open was Lucena and Dalhausser's fifth of Olympic qualification and boosted the duo into the top 10 of provisional Olympic rankings on April 25
  • Won the Maceio Open with Dalhausser, their fourth gold of 2016 Olympic qualification and seventh medal; duo finished fifth at the Rio Grand Slam - just the second time they did not medal since becoming partners
  • Took silver at the 2016 Qatar Open and one week later won gold at the 2015 NORCECA Continental Tour Finals
  • Started the 2016 FIVB World Tour season winning the Puerto Vallarta Open with Phil Dalhausser, their second FIVB title together - both in the 2016 Olympic qualifying window
  • Named the 2015 USA Volleyball Men's Beach Player of the Year and Beach Team of the Year with Dalhausser
  • Finished the 2015 FIVB World Tour ranked 26th in provisional Olympic rankings with Phil Dalhausser
  • Won silver at the inaugural FIVB World Tour Finals in 2015 with Phil Dalhausser
  • Placed second at the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam with Dalhausser, their first World Tour event together since 2005 and Lucena's second podium finish of 2015. Followed Long Beach with a fifth-place showing at the Olsztyn Grand Slam
  • Also won silver with Dalhausser at the 2015 FIVB Sochi Open, their second podium of the year
  • Finished third at the 2015 St. Petersburg Grand Slam with Theo Brunner, bumping their World Tour ranking to 17th following the event and heading into the World Championships
  • After the World Championship fourth-place finish, Brunner and Lucena played through qualification at Gstaad Major to finish ninth and at the Yokohama Grand Slam. Duo has placed in the Top 25 in eight of eight events by this point
  • Opened the FIVB World Tour tying for fifth with Theo Brunner at the Fuzhou Open in China. The next time they placed was when they tied for 25th at the Moscow Grand Slam and 25th at the Porec Major
  • Finished second with Phil Dalhausser at the 2015 AVP Seattle Open, it was their first event together since Sept. 11, 2011 at the NVL Miami event which they won. Won the AVP Manhattan Beach Open with Phil Dalhausser, his first MBO title and first win with Dalhausser since Sept. 2011
  • Top finishes in 2014 included finishing second at the World Tour Berlin with Ryan Doherty. With Doherty, placed fifth in The Hague and with Brunner placed fifth in Mangaung.
  • On the AVP Tour in 2014, placed second in three events (Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Atlantic City) and third in two (Milwaukee, Huntington Beach), all with partner Ryan Doherty.
  • In 2013, Lucena finished fifth with Ryan Doherty in the final FIVB tournament of the season, the Sao Paulo Grand Slam. He finished fifth at NORCECA Trinidad & Tobago with Tri Bourne and also competed in five FIVB tournaments with John Hyden and two with Brad Keenan.
  • Competed in the 2013 AVP Tour with Theo Brunner, winning in Huntington Beach, finishing second and third in two tour stops, respectively.
  • With Matt Fuerbringer, opened the 2012 season with a second-place finish at the FIVB World Tour stop in Brazil. The duo finished third among the three U.S. beach teams competing for two Olympic slots.
  • With Fuerbringer finished fourth at the 2012 Grand Slam in Rome, where Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal won the tournament and won the second Olympic qualification slot. The duo placed second at AVP Cincinnati, third twice and fifth once.
  • In 2009 formed a partnership with Matt Fuerbringer and had their best finish, second, at the Klagenfurt Grand Slam. Also finished third in The Hague.
  • With Brad Keenan, played in four FIVB events and placed 17th at the World Championships in Stavanger.
  • Between 2005 and 08 partnered with Sean Scott and Phil Dalhausser.
Personal: Sister played soccer at Florida Atlantic...Graduated from Florida State University with a degree in sports management

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USA Volleyball Men's Beach Player of the Year (2015)
USA Volleyball's Beach Team of the Year (2015 Phil Dalhausser)
AVP Best Defensive Player (2014, 2008)
AVP Most Improved Player (2008)

Updated June, 2016

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