Dalhausser & Lucena gain quarter-final beach berth

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 14, 2015 - Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena of the United States won the eighth and final berth in the men’s Beach Volleyball quarter-finals by defeating Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl of Austria here early Sunday morning.

In defeating the Austrians for the third-straight time in as many international meetings, Dalhausser and Lucena improved their Rio Olympic match mark to 4-0 by scoring a 2-0 (21-14, 21-15) elimination win in 40 minutes over Huber and Seidl.

With the victory, Dalhausser and Lucena now play top-seeded and gold medal favorites Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt of Brazil in the first of four quarter-final matches Monday on Copacabana.  The meeting will be the fifth international match between the two teams with the series tied 2-2.

Two of the matches have been for gold medals last season in the United States with Alison and Bruno winning both times in Long Beach and Fort Lauderdale.  Dalhausser and Lucena won the last contest by defeating the Brazilians in the smart Major Hamburg in June in a semi-final match.


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