Phil Dalhausser And Nick Lucena Win Gold At 2017 FIVB Gstaad Major

Phil Dalhausser And Nick Lucena Win Gold At 2017 FIVB Gstaad Major
Photo: Swatch Major Series
Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena won their second gold medal of the season by defeating Poland's Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak in the final of the FIVB Gstaad Major on Sunday in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Only a week earlier, the American pair finished a disappointing ninth at the Porec Major, but in Gstaad, they didn't lose a set. On their way to the title, Dalhausser and Lucena defeated fellow countrymen Trevor Crabb and Sean Rosenthal and Theo Brunner and Casey Patterson in addition to Austria's Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst, Qatar's Jefferson Santos Pereira and Cherif Younousse, Russia's Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Nikita Liamin, and Brazil's Evandro Goncalves and Andre Loyola.

Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser Gstaad Major FIVB 2017

The medal is the pair's third so far this year--they took bronze at the Fort Lauderdale Major in February and won gold at the Moscow Three Star in early May.

On the women's side, Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes and Kerri Walsh Jennings and Nicole Branagh finished the highest of the American contingency, with each team taking a ninth.

Next up on the FIVB tour is the Long Beach President's Cup, also known as the World Series of Beach Volleyball, in which eight American teams of each gender will compete against eight international teams of each gender, July 13-16, in Long Beach, California.

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