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Lucena/Dalhausser And Day/Hochevar Earn AVP Manhattan Beach Open Wins

By Gary R. Blockus | Aug. 20, 2017, 7:26 p.m. (ET)

Nick Lucena (L) and Phil Dalhausser celebrate a point at the FIVB World Tour Olsztyn on July 20, 2017 in Olsztyn, Poland.


Nick Lucena and 2008 Olympic champion Phil Dalhausser put together another winning weekend to claim the AVP Manhattan Beach Open men's title on Sunday in California.

Lucena and the 6-foot-9 Dalhausser edged Trevor Crabb and Sean Rosenthal, 23-25, 21-18, 15-10, to capture the fifth event of the year on Sunday.  

Lucena and Dalhausser rallied from an 8-8 tie in the third and final set to take it 15-10, and rallied from losing the opening set to win two straight against Rosenthal, a 2008 and 2012 Olympian, and Crabb. Rosenthal and Dalhausser are former teammates, winning six events together in 2015-16.

Dalhausser earned his sixth title at Manhattan Beach, and Lucena his second, as the duo walked off with the top prize of $22,000. The pair finished fifth at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

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In the women’s final, Emily Day and Brittany Hochevar repeated as champions, getting their names etched on the pier for a second straight year.

Day and Hochevar defeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Nicole Branagh and Canadian Olympian Brandie Wilkerson, 21-18, 21-18, to claim the women’s crown. Hochevar tied for the tournament lead with 19 aces.

Day and Hochevar worked hard to overcome Wilkerson’s blocking ability. She led the tournament with 28 blocks in 28 games, and Branagh was the tournament leader in digs with 21.

Branagh and Wilkerson joined together for this tournament. Wilkerson filled the void for Branagh’s partner from earlier in the season, five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings, who suffered a shoulder injury last month during the bronze medal match of the FIVB World Tour stop on Olsztyn, Poland.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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