For the fourth year in a row, Phil Dalhausser has been named the USA Volleyball Beach Male Athlete of the Year.
Dalhausser and partner Todd Rogers, the 2008 Olympic gold medalists, finished 2011 as the top-ranked players in the USAV Beach Player Rankings. The pair finished second in the FIVB Swatch World Tour rankings and are the top-ranked team overall in the FIVB Olympic Qualification Rankings, which will determine which two men’s teams the U.S. will send to the 2012 Summer Games in London.
Dalhausser and Rogers finished the season with medals in nine out of 12 FIVB events, including four gold medals. Dalhausser was named the Most Outstanding Player of all four tournaments that the U.S. team won. In its postseason awards, the FIVB named Dalhausser its Best Setter for the third straight year.
In winning their first two tournaments of the 2011 season, Dalhausser and Rogers established a new FIVB record for consecutive match wins (40 straight until the gold medal match in Prague on May 22).