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Player Profiles: Phil Dalhausser

Published on September 17, 2009 by   ·   No Comments

Phil Dalhausser blocks, again. At 6’9″, Phil Dalhausser is an imposing figure on the beach court. Nicknamed “The Thin Beast” for his lanky physique, Dalhausser is a joy to watch, but I’m glad I don’t have to play against him.

Since joining up with beach veteran Todd Rogers in 2006, Dalhausser has become one of the most recognizable male volleyball players in the world. This is thanks in part to his distinctive appearance (he sports a completely bald head in addition to his slim build and substantial height), but mostly it’s due to his dominance at the net.

During the 2008 Beijing Olympics Dalhausser was named the most valuable beach volleyball player. He led the tournament in both serves and blocks, finishing with 14 aces and 42 blocks in seven matches. He and Rogers brought home the gold medal, and with a concurrent win by Misty May-Traenor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings on the women’s side, made it the first time the USA had brought home both gold medals.

Dalhausser was born in Switzerland on January 26, 1980, but calls Florida home. He received a degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida after graduating from Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1998. He worked for a concrete company and then a company that painted stripes on roads in Florida before abandoning those jobs for a career in volleyball.

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