PRESS RELEASE 30.11.2003


2003 Men's World Cup in Japan - Yamamoto scoops top individual prize

November 30, 2003, Tokyo, Japan - Japan's Takahiro Yamamoto was awarded the Best Scorer and M.V.P. award for the 2003 World Cup as the best players of the tournament were acknowledged by the International Volleyball Federation on Sunday with the presentation of individual awards.

The Japanese wing spiker's 227 points outscored Ivan Miljkovic from Serbia and Montenegro by nine points and was made all the more impressive since Japan only recorded three victories from their 11 matches.

The other individual awards saw Giovane from the World Cup champions Brazil receive the Best Spiker prize, Andrija Geric from Serbia and Montenegro the Best Blocker, Italy's Andrea Sartoretti the Best Server while the Best Libero award went to Sergio from Brazil and Serbia and Montenegro's Nikola Grbic was the Best Setter.

2003 Men's World Cup player awards
Best Scorer & M.V.P - Takahiro Yamamoto JPN No 14
Best Spiker - Giovane BRA No 3
Best Blocker - Andrija Geric SCG No 12
Best Server - Andrea Sartoretti ITA No 7
Best Setter - Nikola Grbic SCG No 9
Best Libero - Sergio BRA No 10

A final award went to Japanese setter Daisuke Usami as the Most Spectacular Player.

Note: Although Usami topped the player statistics for Setters, the World Cup Control Committee used the power vested in it by the FIVB rules and regulations to award the prize to Grbic on the basis of overall performance.