Phil Dalhausser

Phil Dalhausser

Profession:
World Champion AVP Volleyball Player

Phil Dalhausser and his volleyball doubles partner, Todd Rogers, were the 2007 AVP Tour champions and reigning FIVB world champions. Dalhausser and Rogers were also the gold medalists in beach volleyball at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In 2007, the duo collected 11 victories, including the FIVB World Championships, becoming the first American team to win that coveted title. His $220,000 in earnings from the AVP in 2007 was the most for any individual since 1997. He was named the Most Improved Player by both the AVP and FIVB in 2006, and in a testament to his all-around game, was selected as the AVP's Best Offensive Player for the past three seasons, the FIVB's Best Blocker the last two years, as well as the Best Hitter in 2007. He was chosen as the AVP MVP in 2007.

Dalhausser enjoyed a break-out year in 2006, winning eight AVP tournaments with Rogers along with an FIVB Grand Slam event in Austria. In 2007, the duo collected 11 victories, including the FIVB World Championships, becoming the first American team to win that coveted title. His $220,000 in earnings from the AVP in 2007 was the most for any individual since 1997.

He was named the Most Improved Player by both the AVP and FIVB in 2006, and in a testament to his all-around game, was selected as the AVP's Best Offensive Player for the past three seasons, the FIVB's Best Blocker the last two years, as well as the Best Hitter in 2007. He was chosen as the AVP MVP in 2007.

In Austin in 2005, he registered his first title ever with Nick Lucena, winning three matches in the contender's bracket and defeating each of the top three seeds in the tournament. He had played only four events with players other than Nick Lucena before the 2006 season. He played in five qualifiers in 2003, but their seventh-place finish to start the 2004 season enabled them to make the main draw ever since.

Dalhausser led the Tour in blocks in 2005 (405) and was sixth in kill percentage (.588). In 2005, he was the most popular men's player in the AVP Fantasy Beach Volleyball Contest. Dalhausser led the AVP in 2006 in blocks (2.56 per game), hitting percentage (.481) and kill percentage (.627), while ranking fifth in aces (.62 per game). In 2007, he was first on the AVP in blocks (2.18 per game) and hitting percentage (.532) while being second in aces (1.01 per game).

Dalhausser was born in Switzerland, where he lived for one year. He didn't start playing volleyball until his senior year in high school, where he also played basketball and tennis. "The Thin Beast" received a business degree from the University of Central Florida, playing on the club team there.

AWARDS

* AVP Most Valuable Player 2007
* AVP Best Offensive Player 2005, 2006, 2007
* FIVB Best Blocker 2006, 2007
* FIVB Best Hitter 2007
* AVP Most Improved Player 2006
* FIVB Most Improved Player 2006

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