Nick Lucena


Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Birth Year: 1979
Resides: Tallahassee, Fla.
Height: 6-1
College: Florida State, Sport Management
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  • Placed fourth at the 2015 Beach World Championships with Theo Brunner, lost the bronze medal match to Brazil
  • Won silver at the inaugural FIVB World Tour Finals in 2015 with Phil Dalhausser
  • Named the AVP Best Defensive Player in 2014, the second time he's picked up the accolade (first in 2008)
  • Won the 2015 FIVB Xiamen Open with Phil Dalhausser, his first World Tour gold; has followed with four more gold with Dalhausser
  • Finished 2012 ranked seventh in FIVB season points with Matt Fuerbringer, just missing the bid as the U.S.' second Olympic team

  • With Phil Dalhausser, pair is currently 7th in provisional Olympic rankings as of May 9, 2016; which is second among U.S. men's teams
  • 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 the Beach Team of the Year with Dalhausser
  • Won the AVP Manhattan Beach Open with Phil Dalhausser, his first MBO title and first win with Dalhausser since Sept. 2011
  • 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
  • Also won silver with Dalhausser at the 2015 FIVB Sochi Open, their second podium of the year
  • Followed Long Beach with a fifth-place showing at the Olsztyn Grand Slam
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • With partner Theo Brunner, was one of four men's teams to play in Melhores do Mundo, USA vs Brazil in Rio de Janeiro in late February 2015.
  • 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. 
  • Competed in 14 FIVB World Tour events with Fuerbringer in 2011, their best finishes were a second in Quebec and a fourth in Adagir, Morocco. They finished the season ranked ninth on the World Tour and went into 2012 as the second-ranked U.S. men's team in Olympic qualifying points.
  • With Fuerbringer, competed in seven AVP events in 2010, winning in Virginia Beach, tied for second in Fort Lauderdale and third in Huntington Beach.
  • 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. 
  • Graduated from Florida State University with a degree in sports management
  • Sister played soccer at Florida Atlantic

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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 May, 2016

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