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Ft. Lauderdale Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals | 29 September - 4 October 2015

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Team: Nicolai/Lupo




Lupo and Nicolai rank as Italy’s most successful team on the FIVB World Tour. The pair has the country’s most gold medals (two), podium placements (10) and “final four” finishes (12) since the start of FIVB-sanctioned events for men in 1987. Playing in 47 FIVB World Tour events, Lupo and Nicolai are also the top Italian team in the international career record book in terms of matches played (246), matches won (164, 66.7 winning percentage) and money earned ($539,600). In becoming the first Italian men’s or women’s team to top a FIVB World Tour podium, Lupo and Nicolai posted back-to-back gold medal finishes at the start of the 2014 season in China at Fuzhou and Shanghai. Competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games, Lupo and Nicolai eliminated Beijing 2008 Olympic champions Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers of the United States in the first-round of elimination play before being ousted in the quarter-finals by Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil of The Netherlands. The Italians won the gold medal at the 2014 European Championships in Cagliari, Italy. On the European Tour, Lupo and Nicolai have competed in five events with an 18-8 match mark (69.2%) with one gold medal. Overall, the pair has played in 52 FIVB and European events with a 182-90 match mark (66.9%).

Nicolai ranked as one of the world’s top junior players prior to beginning a full-time schedule on the FIVB World Tour. He teamed with Francesco Giontellato to claim the FIVB under-21 World Championships 2006 and 2007. At the 2006 worlds for players under the age of 19 in Bermuda, Nicolai and Giontella placed second. After posted a 25-42 match mark in his first 19 FIVB World Tour events (2008-2010) with only two top nine finishes, Nicolai’s fortunes changed when he partnered with Lupo in 2011. Nicolai was named the FIVB World Tour’s most improved player in 2012 and best offensive performer in 2014. Nicolai has competed in 71 FIVB World Tour events with all his medal placements being with Lupo. He has a career match mark of 195-134 (59.3%).

Lupo has played 47 of his 51 FIVB World Tour events with Nicolai as he played in one international event in 2010 with Francesco Vanni before joining forces with his current partner. With Nicolai sidelined with injuries in 2011, Lupo played three events with Andrea Tomatis. Lupo, who also competed in the junior world championships for Italy in 2008, 2009 and 2010, has a career FIVB World Tour match mark of 167-87 (65.7%).

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