Team USA’s Dalhausser, Lucena go eight match points deep to win Pool C

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Well, that was a thriller.

Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena had anything but an easy finale for pool play in men’s beach volleyball.

The Team USA duo needed every ounce of energy to Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo of Italy.

The Yanks cruised through the first set with a 21-13 score line, but Italy responded with a 21-17 second set.

That’s where things got nutty. Dalhausser and Lucena went deep into tie breaks before pulling off a 24-22 win.