Dalhausser/Lucena Come From Behind For Manhattan Open Title

  0 Wendy Mayer | August 20th, 2017 | AVP Tour, News, Pro Beach

AVP Manhattan Beach Open

No. 3 seed Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena won their third AVP crown of the season, edging Trevor Crabb and Sean Rosenthal (23-25, 21-18, 15-10)  in the Manhattan Open finals on Sunday.

Dahlhausser was a beast at the net in the victory, racking up seven blocks to go with his match-high 21 kills, 78 percent hitting effort and two aces. Lucena added 18 kills, 16 digs and an ace. Rosenthal was all over the court, tallying 20 kills and 19 digs in the loss, while Crabb chipped in 21 kills, five digs and two blocks.

In the final set, Crabb/Rosenthal boasted an early 3-1 lead only to see their foes chip away and eventually tie the score at 8-all. Dalhausser/Lucena scored five of the next six to vault ahead 13-9. A Dalhausser stuff ended the match at 15-10.

Crabb/Rosenthal made the final by downing No. 9 Reid Priddy and Ricardo Santos (21-1, 22-20). Crabb racked up a match-high 19 kills, five blocks and an ace, while Rosenthal chipped in 10 kills, two aces and a block. The pair held their foes without an ace and to just two blocks in the match. Santos and Priddy split duties on offense, registering 14 and 13 kills respectively. Santos also accounted for both of the team’s stuffs.

Dalhausser/Lucena overcame a Set 1 loss to No. 6 Theo Brunner and Casey Patterson to register a 15-21, 21-16, 15-11 win in the semifinals. Dalhausser put up six blocks, while also adding two aces and 19 kills on a 70 percent hitting effort to pace the victors. Lucena added 16 kills and a match-best 15 digs. Brunner posted 17 kills and five blocks, while hitting at a 47 percent clip. Patterson chipped in 15 kills, 10 digs and an ace in the match.

This is the third AVP title of the season for Dalhausser/Lucena, who won the Huntington Beach Open and Austin Open back in May.

This is the fourth AVP runner up finish for Crabb since going pro in 2001.

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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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