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SWATCH WORLD TOUR 2012

Mazury Orlen Grand Slam | Men
  14/08/2012 - 19/08/2012

 
PRESS RELEASE
Players from USA, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands capture 2012 Men’s FIVB Swatch World Tour season awards

USA's Phil Dalhausser received three post-season awards for his play on the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour, including Best Blocker, an award he has won five times in the last seven years.
     
 

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 3, 2012—Voted to receive three season awards, USA’s Phil Dalhausser along with USA’s Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb, Brazil’s Alison, Brazil’s Emanuel with two awards, Germany’s Eric Koreng, Italy’s Paolo Nicolai, Latvia’s Martins Plavins and Netherlands’ Christiaan Varenhorst were all recognized for their play as the post-season awards for the men’s 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour were announced here today.

In voting by players, coaches, referees and official on the popular professional international beach volleyball circuit, USA’s ‘Thin Beast’ Dalhausser was selected as the year’s Best Blocker, Best Offensive Player and Best Setter while compatriot “Lefty” Rosenthal was picked as the 2012 Most Outstanding Player and Rosenthal, 32, and his gritty team-mate Gibb, 36, were selected as the 2012 Team of the Year after winning the 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour season point championship.

Continuing to add to their season award totals, Brazil’s legendary elder statesman Emanuel was selected as the 2012 Most Inspirational Player and the 2012 Sportsman of the Year while Brazil’s youthful giant Alison was voted as the 2012 Best Hitter of the season.

Also basking in the afterglow of another memorable year on the FIVB SWATCH World Tour, Germany’s Koreng was selected Best Server for the second straight year while Italy’s Nicolai was voted the Most Improved Player of 2012, Latvia’s Plavins was picked as the 2012 Best Defensive Player and Netherlands’ Varenhorst was tabbed the 2012 Top Rookie for the tour.

USA’s Dalhausser, 32, who has played 58 career FIVB tournaments with Todd Rogers, 39, through this past season, won the best blocker award for the fifth time, the best offensive player for the fourth time, and best setter accolade for the fourth straight year. Dalhausser/Rogers, who were the 2008 Olympic champions, finished the 2012 season with a 44-12 record and a 78.6 winning percentage.

In their FIVB career, the Dalhausser/Rogers duo played in 58 tournaments earning 44 final four finishes with 23 gold medals, seven silver medals and 10 bronze medals with FIVB career earnings as a team of $1,422,600.

In the process of winning their awards, USA’s Gibb/Rosenthal had a championship season to remember. In their eight best events that qualified them for the season title, the daring duo won two gold medals, two silver medals, one bronze medal, with two fourth place finishes and one fifth. Almost amazingly, in Rome, Italy and Gstaad, Switzerland this summer USA’s Gibb/Rosenthal earned back-to-back gold medal match victories over Brazil’s great Alison/Emanuel. Finishing fifth in the London 2012 Olympic Games, USA’s Gibb/Rosenthal finished the season with a 56-21 overall match record with a 72.7 winning percentage.

Always a force to be reckoned with, Brazil’s Alison, 26, and Emanuel, 39, finished 2012 with another impressive match record of 56-11 (83.6 percent) as the youthful 6-8 Alison, was recognized as the world tour’s best hitter for the second straight season while the veteran 6-3 Emanuel, 39, was honored as the as the most inspirational for the second consecutive year and the year’s top sportsman for the third consecutive year.  The Brazilian duo won the silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Reflecting philosophically regarding his triple awards, USA’s Dalhausser said, “It’s a great thing to have this kind of respect from your peers especially when you know you had a pretty tough season with a bitter disappointment being upset in the Olympics and only finishing in ninth place. Todd and I have had several great seasons together and he has earned his ‘professor’ nickname teaching me so much over all these years. I wouldn’t have been in a position to earn these awards if I hadn’t learned the lessons that Todd has taught me and I thank him for all his has done to help me take my game to a higher level.”

In addition to all world tour events being internationally televised, also on-site at each event, including the 2012 FIVB SWATCH Youth and the 2012 FIVB SWATCH Junior World Championships was a special production crew from IMG, the company that not only produces the live international telecasts of select matches at each tournament, but also the weekly FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour highlight show that is syndicated throughout the world.

The 2012 calendar featured 12 women's and 11 men's events within all five FIVB confederations on the FIVB SWATCH World Tour plus the London 2012 Olympic Games which saw Germany’s Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann win the men’s gold medal at London’s Horse Guards Parade. The 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour offered $6.13-million in prize money. Nine of the tournaments were combined men's and women's events, and there were a record eight Grand Slam stops. The men’s tour concluded in August in Stare Jablonki, Poland.

There have been 282 men’s and 244 women’s events in the history of the FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour (open, grand slam, Olympic and Goodwill).  The first men’s FIVB SWATCH World Tour event was played February 17-22, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the first women’s event was played August 14-16, 1992 at Almeria, Spain.

For more information on the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour, please visit www.fivb.org.

All-Time Men's FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour Award Winners
Most Outstanding
2012 – Sean Rosenthal, United States
2011 – Emanuel Rego, Brazil
2010 - Phil Dalhausser, United States
2009 - Harley Marques, Brazil and Richard Schuil, Netherlands
2008 - Harley, Brazil
2007 - Ricardo Santos, Brazil
2006 - Emanuel Rego, Brazil
2005 – Ricardo Santos, Brazil

Best Blocker
2012 - Phil Dalhausser, United States
2011 – Alison Cerutti, Brazil
2010 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2009 - Jonas Reckermann, Germany
2008 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2007 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2006 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2005 - Fabio Magalhaes Brazil

Best Defensive Player
2012 – Martins Plavins, Latvia
2011 – Reinder Nummerdor, Netherlands
2010 - Todd Rogers, United States
2009 - Reinder Nummerdor, Netherlands
2008 – Todd Rogers, United States
2007 – Todd Rogers, United States
2006 - Martin Conde, Argentina and Todd Rogers, United States
2005 - Marcio Araujo, Brazil

Best Hitter
2012 – Alison Cerutti, Brazil
2011 – Alison Cerutti, Brazil
2010 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2009 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2008 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2007 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2006 – Emanuel Rego, Brazil
2005 – Ricardo Santos, Brazil

Best Offensive Player
2012 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2011 - Alison Cerutti, Brazil
2010 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2009 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2008 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2007 – Ricardo Santos, Brazil
2006 – Ricardo Santos, Brazil
2005 – Ricardo Santos, Brazil

Best Server
2012- Eric Koreng, Germany
2011- Eric Koreng, Germany
2010 - Igor Kolodinsky, Russia
2009 – Igor Kolodinsky, Russia
2008 – Igor Kolodinsky, Russia
2007 – Igor Kolodinsky, Russia
2006 - Iver Horrem, Norway
2005 - Conrad Leinemann, Canada

Best Setter
2012 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2011 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2010 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2009 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2008 - Marcio Araujo, Brazil
2007 - Marcio Araujo, Brazil
2006 - Marcio Araujo, Brazil and Todd Rogers, United States
2005 – Todd Rogers, United States

Most Improved Player
2012 – Paolo Nicolai, Italy
2011 - Mariusz Prudel, Poland
2010 - Bruno Oscar Schmidt, Brazil
2009 - Alison Cerutti, Brazil
2008 - Andy Ces, France
2007 - Dmitri Barsouk, Russia and Linyin Xu, China
2006 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2005 – Fabio Magalhaes, Brazil

Most Inspirational
2012 – Emanuel Rego, Brazil
2011 – Emanuel Rego, Brazil
2010 – Linyun Xu, China
2009 – Harley Marques, Brazil
2008 – Todd Rogers, United States
2007 - Franco Neto, Brazil
2006 – Franco Neto, Brazil
2005 - Mark Heese, Canada

Sportsman
2012 – Emanuel Rego, Brazil
2011 – Emanuel Rego, Brazil
2010 – Emanuel Rego, Brazil
2009 - Rivo Vesik, Estonia
2008 – Phil Dalhausser, United States
2007 – Franco Neto, Brazil
2006 – Franco Neto, Brazil
2005 – Emanuel Neto, Brazil

Team of the Year
2012 – Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal, United States
2011 - Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego, Brazil
2010 – Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers, United States
2009 - Julius Brink/Reckermann, Germany
2008 – Harley Marques/Pedro Salgado, Brazil
2007 – Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil
2006 – Emanuel Rego//Ricardo Santos, Brazil
2005 – Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil

Top Rookie
2012 – Christiaan Varenhorst, Netherlands
2011 – Sebastian Chevalier, Switzerland
2010 - Karl Jaani, Estonia
2009 - Ruslans Sorokins, Latvia
2008 - Adrian Gavira Collado, Spain
2007 – Igor Kolodinsky, Russia
2006 - Sean Rosenthal, United States
2005 - Matteo Varnier, Italy & Jake Gibb, United States

All-Time Men’s FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour Points Champions
Season Team, Country
1989-90--Sinjin Smith/Randy Stoklos, United States
1990-91--Sinjin Smith/Randy Stoklos, United States
1991-92--Sinjin Smith/Randy Stoklos, United States
1992-93--Sinjin Smith/Randy Stoklos, United States
1993-94--Franco Neto/Roberto Lopes, Brazil
1994-95--Jan Kvalheim/Bjorn Maaseide, Norway
1995-96--Franco Neto/Roberto Lopes, Brazil
1996--ZeMarco de Melo/Emanuel Rego, Brazil
1997--ZeMarco de Melo/Emanuel Rego, Brazil
1998--Para Ferreira /Guilherme Marquez, Brazil
1999--Emanuel Rego/Jose Loiola, Brazil
2000--ZeMarco de Melo/Ricardo Santos, Brazil
2001--Emanuel Rego/Tande Ramos, Brazil
2002--Mariano Baracetti/Martin Conde, Argentina
2003--Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil
2004--Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil
2005--EmanuelRego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil
2006--Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil
2007--Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil
2008--Harley Marques/Pedro Salgado, Brazil
2009--Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann, Germany
2010--Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers, United States
2011--Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego, Brazil
2012--Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal, United States

  
 
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