Phil Dalhausser

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Phil Dalhausser
Phil dalhausser playing.jpg
Phil Dalhausser in 2007.
Personal information
Full name Philip "Phil" Peter Dalhausser
Nickname The Thin Beast
Born (1980-01-26) January 26, 1980 (age 34)
Baden, Aargau, Switzerland
Hometown Ventura, California, USA
Height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Beach volleyball information
Current teammate
Years Teammate
2012–present Sean Rosenthal
President George W. Bush pauses with Dalhausser and teammate Todd Rogers as he visited the practice session Saturday, August 9, 2008, at Beijing's Chaoyang Park prior to their first matches of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

Philip "Phil" Peter Dalhausser (born January 26, 1980) is an American professional beach volleyball player. He and his former playing partner, Todd Rogers, are the 2007 AVP Tour champions and the reigning FIVB world champions.

Dalhausser and Rogers dominated both the domestic US tour and now the FIVB international tour winning #1 team honors on both tours in 2010. Dalhausser and Rogers were Olympic gold medalists at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.

Personal life[edit]

Dalhausser was born in Baden, Aargau, Switzerland, to a German father, Peter, and a Swiss mother, Marianne. His brother Mark lives in Brooklyn, New York. He now calls his hometown Ventura, California. He attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida. Dalhausser did not start playing volleyball until his senior year in high school.

He attended the University of Central Florida and joined Lambda Chi Alpha, where he was named "Most Valuable Player" and received the William G. Morgan Award for most outstanding player. He earned a business degree at UCF and played for the club volleyball team.[1] After college, he worked for a concrete company and then worked a short time for a firm that painted stripes on Florida highways.

Dalhausser once had longer hair but shaved his head at the age of 21 as he preferred the clean shaven look.

Dalhausser previously lived in Florida. He currently resides in Ventura, California.

Beach volleyball career[edit]

AVP[edit]

Dalhausser has previously teamed up with Nick Lucena.

At 6'9" (206 cm), Dalhausser led the 2005-2010 AVP tour in blocks. In 2005 he was sixth in kill percentage.[1]

In 2006, Dalhausser teamed up with Todd Rogers. Rogers, an 11 years veteran of professional beach volleyball, thought he needed someone to help him get to the next level and believed Dalhausser had the potential to become the best player in the world. Rogers plays two roles, both partner and coach to Dalhausser.[2]

In 2007, Dalhausser and Rogers won the FIVB World Championships in Gstaad, Switzerland, becoming the first U.S. beach team to win the gold medal at the tournament.

Olympics[edit]

Dalhausser qualified for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics to represent the United States with his teammate Todd Rogers by being the top seeded American team through the international qualification process.

Dalhausser and Rogers had a record of 6–1 in their first Olympics, being upset in their opening match by 23rd-ranked Latvia.[3] They proceeded to win the rest of their games, coming back from 6-0 in the third set to beat 20th-seeded Switzerland.

Dalhausser and Rogers won the gold medal match two sets to one against Márcio Araújo and Fabio Luiz Magalhães of Brazil. Newly crowned women's beach volleyball champions and compatriots Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh were watching from the stands in the final. Dalhausser made nine blocks in the championship match, with five coming in the deciding third set, putting the US up to a 9-1 lead and eventually winning it 15-4. Dalhausser was named tournament MVP. This made the United States the only country to win gold medals in men's and women's beach volleyball at the same Olympics.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bio: Phil Dalhausser" UCF.
  2. ^ a b Ackerman, Jon (August 21, 2008). Dalhausser "Rogers becoming May/Walsh like". NBCOlympics.com. 
  3. ^ Evans, B. J. "Dalhausser, Rogers upset by Latvian duo". USA Volleyball. Retrieved August 25, 2008. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
 Julius Brink
and Jonas Reckermann (GER)
Men's FIVB Beach Volley World Tour Winner
alongside United States Todd Rogers

2010
Succeeded by
 Alison Cerutti
and Emanuel Rego (BRA)
Awards
Preceded by
 Fábio Luiz Magalhães (BRA)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Best Blocker"
2006–2008
Succeeded by
 Jonas Reckermann (GER)
Preceded by
 Jonas Reckermann (GER)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Best Blocker"
2010
Succeeded by
 Alison Cerutti (BRA)
Preceded by
 Alison Cerutti (BRA)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Best Blocker"
2012
Succeeded by
 Pedro Solberg Salgado (BRA)
Preceded by
 Emanuel Rego (BRA)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Best Hitter"
2007 – 2010
Succeeded by
 Alison Cerutti (BRA)
Preceded by
 Ricardo Santos (BRA)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Best Attacker"
2008 – 2010
Succeeded by
 Alison Cerutti (BRA)
Preceded by
 Alison Cerutti (BRA)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Best Attacker"
2012
Succeeded by
 Jānis Šmēdiņš (LAT)
Preceded by
 Márcio Araújo (BRA)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Best Setter"
2009 – 2012
Succeeded by
 Jānis Šmēdiņš (LAT)
Preceded by
 Fábio Luiz Magalhães (BRA)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Most Improved"
2006
Succeeded by
 Dmitri Barsouk (RUS)
 Xu Linyin (CHN)
Preceded by
 Harley Marques (BRA)
 Richard Schuil (NED)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Most Outstanding"
2010
Succeeded by
 Emanuel Rego (BRA)
Preceded by
 Sean Rosenthal (USA)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Most Outstanding"
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
 Franco Neto (BRA)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Sportsperson"
2008
Succeeded by
 Rivo Vesik (EST)
Preceded by
 Julius Brink
and Jonas Reckermann (GER)
Men's FIVB World Tour "Team of the Year"
alongside United States Todd Rogers

2010
Succeeded by
 Alison Cerutti
and Emanuel Rego (BRA)