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Walsh Jennings wins four 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball awards


Kerri Walsh picked up four awards in voting by players, coaches, referees and officials

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 26, 2015 - USA’s three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings capped another brilliant season on the 2014 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Beach Volleyball by being voted the winner of four season awards.

Joining Walsh Jennings in receiving the special season awards announced recently by the FIVB include Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta Silva and Brazil’s Larissa Franca  with two awards, while Brazil’s Talita Antunes, Brazil’s Maria Antonelli, Switzerland’s Tanja Huberli, Canada’s Humana-Parades and Germany’s Karla Borger each received one award for the 2014 season.

In voting by players, coaches, referees and officials on the popular international beach volleyball circuit, Walsh Jennings, 36 and a mother of three young children, was selected as the 2014 Most Outstanding player for the fourth time and third straight year as well as being honored in 2014 as the FIVB’s Best Blocker, Best Offensive Player and Most Inspirational Player of the Year. Walsh Jennings is tied with Larissa with 50 FIVB career gold medals.

Walsh Jennings has now been voted the Best Blocker on the FIVB World Tour seven times in the 10 years of the special awards program. It was also the second time she was honored as the Best Offensive Players and third time she has been recognized as the Most Inspirational Player on the international tour. Walsh and teammate April Ross, who won the silver medal with Jennifer Kessy in the 2012 London Olympic Games, won four of the 10 events they played in on the 2014 FIVB World Tour where they led the tour in season earnings with $282,000. Walsh Jennings has earned $1,245.670 in her illustrious FIVB career.

Brazil’s Juliana, who played the 2014 season with compatriot Antonelli, was voted the Sportsperson of the Year and she and Antonelli were voted the 2014 FIVB women’s Team of the Year as they finished the year as the No. 1 team in the Women’s World Season Rankings as well as winning the 2014 FIVB World Tour season point championship. For Juliana, it was a record eighth FIVB season point championship and first for Antonelli.

Brazil’s Larissa, who did not play on the FIVB World Tour in 2013 after earning seven world tour titles with Juliana and the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic games, was voted for 2014 as the tour’s Best Defensive Player and Best Setter. Larissa has now won the Best Defensive Player award three times and the Best Setter award an amazing eight times in the 10-year history of these prestigious awards. Larissa, who teamed with Talita midway through the 2014 season and won four gold medals, now has $1,457,237 in FIVB career earnings.

Brazil’s Talita was selected as the 2014 Best Hitter for the second straight season while the three first-time winners in 2014 were Switzerland’s Huberli (Most Improved Player), Canada’s Humana-Parades (Top Rookie) and Germany’s Borger (Best Server).

On the international stage of the women’s 2014 FIVB World Tour, 10 FIVB Grand Slams and seven FIVB Opens were held as teams from around the globe finished the second year of the current Olympic cycle on the road to the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. Part of the numerous initiatives of the current FIVB administration, the FIVB World Season Rankings included FIVB World Tour events along with approved Confederation, and National Federation points.

“I continue to be humbled and honored with these FIVB season awards,” said Walsh Jennings. “April and I had a good alliance in 2014 and our aspirations continue to be focused on Rio in 2016 and the Olympic Games.  There are great young players springing up all over the world and I have promised myself and my country that I will continue to extend myself to known limits and beyond to be the be the best player and best teammate that I am capable  of being at this stage in my life.”

Women's winning percentage
For the 17 women’s events on the 2014 FIVB World Tour, Brazil’s newest team of Larissa/Talita at 35-4 (89.7%) led in winning percentage while second was USA’s A. Ross/ Walsh Jennings with a 49-6 record (89.1%), third was Czech Republic’s Marketa Slukova/Kristyna Kolocova with a 39-12 record (76.5%), fourth was Brazil’s Juliana/Antonelli with a 71-22 record (76.3%) while fifth was Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas at 50-19 (72.5%). The 71 match wins by Brazil’s Juliana/Antonelli was the most by any team on this year’s FIVB World Tour. Among women, Brazil’s Bednarczuk/Seixas had the second-most wins with 50 and third was USA’s A. Ross/Walsh Jennings with 49 match wins. Brazil’s Talita actually had the third best winning percentage as well, having started the season with Lima before changing to Larissa. With Lima, who with Talita won the FIVB World Tour point title in 2013, the duo had a 23-7 match record (76.7%) this year before Talita switched to teaming with Larissa.

Women's Gold
On the FIVB women’s international season scorecard 10 different teams from just four countries won at least one gold medal in 2014. The two teams with four gold medals each in 2014 were USA’s Walsh Jennings/Ross (out of 10 events played) (Fuzhou, Moscow, Stavanger and Long Beach) and Brazil’s Talita/Larissa (in just six events) (Klagenfurt, Stare Jablonki, Sao Paulo, Parana). With a pair of gold medals last season were Czech Republic’s Kolocova/Slukova (Prague, Berlin) while winning one gold medal each were Germany’s Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst (Shanghai), Brazil’s Bednarczuk/Seixas (Puerto Vallarta), Germany’s Victoria Bieneck/Julia Grossner (Anapa), Germany’s Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler (Gstaad), Brazil’s Fernanda Alves/Taiana Lima (The Hague), Brazil’s Juliana/Antonelli (Xiamen) and Czech Republic’s Martina Bonnerova/Barbora Hermannova (Mangaung).

All-time season awards
Among the all-time FIVB Beach Volleyball women award winners, Walsh Jennings now has an all-time high of 24 season awards. Brazil’s Larissa is next with 21 followed by Juliana with 18. Brazil’s Antunes now has six total awards while Brazil’s Antonelli, Switzerland’s Huberli, Canada’s Humana-Parades and Germany’s Borger each earned their first season award in 2014.

Next Gen
As part of the initiatives of FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° and his leadership team, the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball international calendar also included a record four age-group FIVB World Championships and the 2014 Nanjing (China) Youth Olympic Games Aug. 17-27).

Poland’s Maciej Kosiak/Maciej Rudol won the men’s gold medal for the home country and Australia’s Mariafe Artacho/Nicole Laird capturing the women’s gold medal for the second annual FIVB U23 World Championships in Myslowice, Poland. Capturing the gold medals in the inaugural FIVB U17 World Championships in Acapulco, Mexico were Switzerland’s Florian Breer/Yves Haussener and USA’s Morgan Martin/Kathryn Plummer. Winning the 14th FIVB U21 World Championships in Larnaka, Cyprus were Poland’s Michal Bryl/Kacper Kujawiak  and Canada’s Sophie Bukovec/Tiadora Miric. The 13th FIVB U19 World Championships in Porto Portugal were won by Brazil’s Arthur Mariano/George Wanderley for the men and in the women’s competition the winners were Brazil’s Andressa Cavalanti/Eduarda Lisboa.

FIVB 2015
Based in Lausanne, Switzerland as the international governing body for the Olympic sports of Beach Volleyball and Volleyball, the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar will feature a record purse of US$9.3 million. The double gender FIVB Fuzhou Open, which was the first event on this year’s calendar, will again begin the 2015 season on April 21-26. From June 26-July 5 all eyes will be on the Dutch cities of The Hague, Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, which will host the $1 million 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in The Netherlands.

All-Time Women's FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Award Winners
Most Outstanding
2014 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2013 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2012 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2011 - Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil
2010 - Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil
2009 – Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil
2008 - Xi Zhang, China & Misty May-Treanor, USA
2007 - Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2006 - Larissa Franca, Brazil
2005 - May-Treanor, United States

Best Blocker

2014 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2013 – Talita Antunes, Brazil
2012 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2011 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2010 – Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil
2009 – Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil
2008 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2007 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2006 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2005 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States

Best Defensive Player
2014 - Larissa Franca, Brazil
2013 – Laura Ludwig, Germany
2012 - Larissa Franca, Brazil
2011 – Misty May-Treanor, United States
2010 – Xi Zhang, China
2009 – Larissa Franca, Brazil
2008 - Misty May-Treanor, United States
2007 – Misty May-Treanor, United States
2006 - Shelda Bede, Brazil
2005 – Shelda Bede, Brazil

Best Hitter
2014 – Talita Antunes, Brazil
2013 – Talita Antunes, Brazil
2011 - April Ross, United States
2010 – Larissa Franca, Brazil
2009 - April Ross, United States
2008 – Larissa Franca, Brazil
2007 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2006 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2005 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States

Best Offensive Player
2014 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2013 – Talita Antunes, Brazil
2012 – Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil
2011 – Laura Ludwig, Germany
2010 – Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil
2009 – April Ross, United States
2008 – Misty May-Treanor, United States
2007 – Kerri Walsh Jennings & Misty May-Treanor, United States
2006 – Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil
2005 – Misty May-Treanor, United States

Best Setter
2014 – Larissa Franca, Brazil
2013 – Ilka Semmler, Germany
2012 – Larissa Franca, Brazil
2011 – Larissa Franca, Brazil
2010 – Larissa Franca, Brazil
2009 – Larissa Franca, Brazil
2008 – Larissa Franca, Brazil & Vasso Karadassiou, Greece
2007 – Larissa Franca, Brazil
2006 – Larissa Franca, Brazil
2005 – Misty May-Treanor, United States

Most Improved Player
2014 – Tanja Huberli, Switzerland
2013 – Kira Walkenhorst, Germany
2012 – Sophie van Gestel, Netherlands
2011 – Marta Menegatti, Italy
2010 - Taiana Lima, Brazil
2009 – Marleen Van Iersel, Netherlands
2008 - Nicole Branagh, United States
2007 - Tamsin Barnett, Australia & Laura Ludwig, Germany
2006 - Leila Barros, Brazil
2005 - Vassiliki Arvaniti, Greece

Most Inspirational
2014 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2013 – Laura Ludwig, Germany
2012 – Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2011 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2010 - Denise Johns, England
2009 – Shelda Bede, Brazil
2008 – Shelda Bede, Brazil
2007 – Shelda Bede, Brazil
2006 – Shelda Bede, Brazil
2005 – Shelda Bede, Brazil

Sportsperson(s)
2014 – Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil
2013 – Taiana Lima, Brazil
2012 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2011 – Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil
2010 – Misty May-Treanor, United States
2009 – Shelda Bede, Brazil
2008 - May-Treanor & Walsh Jennings, United States
2007 - May-Treanor & Walsh Jennings, United States
2006 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States
2005 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States

Best Server

2014 – Karla Borger, Germany
2013 – None Selected
2012 – April Ross, United States
2011 – April Ross, United States
2010 - Marleen Van Iersel, Netherlands
2009 - Maria Clara Salgado, Brazil
2008 - Maria Clara Salgado, Brazil
2007 - Ana Paula Connelly, Brazil
2006 - Ana Paula Connelly, Brazil
2005 - Ana Paula Connelly, Brazil
2004 - Ana Paula Connelly, Brazil
2003 - Ana Paula Connelly, Brazil

Top Rookie
2014 – Melissa Humana-Parades, Canada
2013 – Kira Walkenhorst, Germany
2012 – Barbara Seixas, Brazil
2011 – Britte Buethe, Germany
2010 - Marketa Slukova & Kristyna Kolocova, Czech Republic
2009 - Angie Akers, USA & Louise Bawden, Australia
2008 - Bibiana Candelas, Mexico
2007 - April Ross, United States
2006 - Chen Xue, China
2005 - Talita Antunes, Brazil

Team of the Year
2014 – Juliana Felisberta Silva & Maria Antonelli, Brazil
2013 – Talita Antunes & Taiana Lima, Brazil
2012 - Juliana Felisberta Silva & Larissa Franca, Brazil
2011 - Juliana Felisberta Silva & Larissa Franca, Brazil
2010 – Juliana Felisberta Silva & Larissa Franca, Brazil
2009 - Juliana Felisberta Silva & Larissa Franca, Brazil
2008 - Ana Paula Connelly & Shelda Bede, Brazil
2007 - Juliana Felisberta Silva & Larissa Franca, Brazil
2006 - Juliana Felisberta Silva & Larissa Franca, Brazil
2005 - Juliana Felisberta Silva & Larissa Franca, Brazil

All-Time Women’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Point Champions
Season, Team, Country
1992-93--Karolyn Kirby/Nancy Reno, United States
1993-94—Karolyn Kirby/Liz Masakayan, United States
1994-95--Monica Rodrigues/Adriana Samuel, Brazil
1995-96--Sandra Pires/Jackie Silva, Brazil
1996--Sandra Pires/Jackie Silva, Brazil
1997--Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil
1998--Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil
1999--SheldaBede/Adriana Behar, Brazil
2000--Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil
2001--Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil
2002--Misty May/Kerri Walsh, United States
2003--Ana Paula Connelly/Sandra Pires, Brazil
2004--Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil
2005--Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil
2006-- Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil
2007-- Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil
2008—Shelda Bede/Ana Paula Connelly, Brazil
2009-- Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil
2010-- Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil
2011-- Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil
2012-- Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil
2013—Talita Antunes/Taiana Lima, Brazil
2014 – Juliana Felisberta Silva/Maria Antonelli, Brazil

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