(L-R) Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser pose with their silver medals at the 2016 FIVB Gstaad Major on July 10, 2016 in Gstaad, Switzerland.
Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena won the silver medal Sunday at the 2016 FIVB Gstaad Major in Switzerland, falling to Brazil’s Evandro Goncalves and Pedro Solberg 2-0 (24-22, 21-16). A day earlier, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross claimed silver to Brazilian tandem Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca.
Born in Baden, Switzerland, Dalhausser enjoyed the opportunity to play in front of family at the Gstaad event. He and Lucena now turn their attention to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where Dalhausser will pursue his second Olympic gold after winning at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games with Todd Rogers.
He and Lucena will enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed and play in Pool C along with Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo of Italy, Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros of Mexico and Mohamed Naceur and Choaib Belhaj of Tunisia. They won over the Italians and fell to the Mexicans in pool play in Gstaad.
The American duo, currently No. 2 in the world rankings, won its first two matches in pool play by 2-0 margins, but fell to No. 19-ranked Virgen and Ontiveros, 0-2, in their final pool game, giving them a longer road to the gold-medal match. After dispatching Spain’s Francisco Marco and Christian Garcia 2-0 in the first round of elimination, they edged Nicolai and Lupo, tied for No. 9 in the world, in a close 2-0 (21-18, 21-19) contest.
Round 3 saw the Americans get past Brazil’s No. 15-ranked Alvaro Filho and Vitor Felipe 2-0, setting up a semifinal encounter with world No. 6 Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins of Latvia, who ended up winning the bronze medal after a 2-0 loss to the U.S. team.