WATCH: Men’s Gold Medal Match Highlights at #FTLMajor

  0 Wendy Mayer | March 04th, 2018 | FIVB Majors Series, FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

The Fort Lauderdale Major was a dream tournament for the hometown heroes, Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena. Lucena, who learned to play on the host sand of Fort Lauderdale Beach, and Dalhausser, who went to school in nearby Orlando, did not drop a set in six matches en route to the gold medal.

“It is the one tournament I’ve wanted to win,” Lucena said. “It my hometown where I started played. This is everything I’d hoped. We finally won. Phil played great all weekend and I played steady enough to keep us in there. There’s a lot of great teams on this Tour and to win is hard. I’m grateful.”

This was the duo’s third crack at a Major title in their home state, following a runner-up finish in 2015 and bronze medal in 2017. This time, they earned their spot atop the podium with a 21-12, 21-17 win over No. 5 seed Paolo Nicolai/Daniele Lupo of Italy.

For Dalhausser, it was simple – “Third time’s a charm.”

Take a look below at how they claimed gold, their ninth as a pair, in the video and photos below.

Leave a Reply


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 after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

Read More »

Don't want to miss anything?

Subscribe to our newsletter and receive our latest updates!