Name: Nick Lucena
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball
Height: 6-1
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
College: Florida State, '03 sport management
Olympic Experience
  • 2016, Tied for fifth
Other Career Highlights
  • Tied for fifth at the 2016 Olympics with Phil Dalhausser, eliminated in the quarterfinals by Brazil
  • Has eight FIVB gold medals, all with Phil Dalhausser
  • Placed fourth at the 2015 Beach World Championships with Theo Brunner, lost the bronze medal match to Brazil
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  • In 2017, won three gold and one bronze on the FIVB World Tour with Phil Dalhausser
  • Finished the 2016 season 67-14 with Phil Dalhausser on FIVB World Tour, winning four gold, three silver and one bronze
  • Seeded #3 at the Olympics with Phil Dalhausser. Duo tied for 5th at the Rio Olympics, going 4-1, falling 21-14, 12-21, 15-9 to Brazil's Alison/Bruno in the quarterfinals
  • In 2016 Olympic qualification, won six FIVB World Tour events and placed in the top three on 10 occasions
  • 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
  • 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
  • Played in nine tournaments with partner Theo Brunner, their lone podium finish was 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
  • 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
  • With Fuerbringer finished fourth at the 2012 Grand Slam in Rome, where Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal won the tournament and the second U.S. Olympic slot
  • 2010-12 partnered with Matt Fuerbringer for the FIVB World Tour
  • With Brad Keenan in 2009, 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: Graduated from Florida State University with a degree in sports management...Married to Brooke Niles, the Florida State beach volleyball head coach and 2016 AVCA National Coach of the Year; couple has two sons...Sister played soccer at Florida Atlantic