Three-time Olympian Phil Dalhausser capped a stellar 2016 by being named USA Volleyball’s Male Beach Player of the Year for the sixth time in the award’s 10-year history.
Along with partner Nick Lucena, the 2015 award recipient, Dalhausser compiled a 67-14 record and finished second in the final FIVB World Tour rankings. A gold medalist at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games with former partner Todd Rodgers, the 36-year-old finished fifth this summer in Rio de Janeiro.
“It’s an honor to be voted the Male Beach Player of the Year,” Dalhausser said. “I’m getting older, and every award means a little more. It means that you’re still playing.”
Dalhausser and Lucena entered 12 FIVB tournaments in 2016, taking gold at four while reaching the podium nine times.
“We had a pretty darn good 2016,” Dalhausser reflected. “It was one of the more fun years of my career. Nick and I have been buddies for 15-plus years now, and our coach Paul (Baxter) – who we’ve known for over 10 years – we traveled together and it was like the three amigos traveling all over the world playing volleyball. We complement each other well on the court and we were playing pretty good ball in the past year and a half.”
Since his AVP debut in 2003, Dalhausser has won FIVB gold 34 times. He and Rogers also won two world championship medals, a gold in 2007 and bronze in 2009.