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Brazil’s Talita wins four titles at 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball awards

Talita (right) and Taiana's dominance was reflected in the end of season awards
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 23, 2013 – Brazil’s Talita Antunes capped a brilliant 2013 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Beach Volleyball season by winning four gongs in the end of season awards. 

Talita was in spectacular form in 2013 and along with new partner Taiana Lima won the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball Season Rankings title having won five gold medals in FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Grand Slams.

“For me this year was very special because I have always worked hard and had teammates who worked hard, but this year it showed much more in the results,” Talita said. “Taiana and I blended very well on the court and we really were able to anticipate each other’s moves, work together and create some very positive results internationally as well as domestically in Brazil. 

“With the beginning of the new Olympic cycle, my goal is to represent my country right here at home in Rio (de Janeiro) in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. I am grateful that others in our sport noticed what we did this year and I am honoured and humbled to receive these awards that so many of the sport’s greatest players have received in other years.” 

The awards are chosen by players, coaches, referees and officials that participate on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.

Talita was selected as the Best Offensive Player, Best Blocker and Best Hitter and together with teammate Lima was honoured as the FIVB Beach Volleyball women’s Team of the Year, while Lima was voted the 2013 Sportsperson of the year.

USA’s three-time Olympic gold medallist Kerri Walsh was voted as the Most Outstanding Player for the third time and second consecutive year despite only playing in three Grand Slams. 

Laura Ludwig was voted as the Most Inspirational Player and the Best Defensive Player while her new teammate Kira Walkenhorst received recognition as the Rookie of the Year and the Most Improved Player of the Year. Their fellow German Ilka Semmler meanwhile won the FIVB Best Setter award. 

2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour/FIVB Open Award Winners 
Most Outstanding 
Kerri Walsh, United States 
Best Blocker 
Talita Antunes, Brazil 
Best Defensive Player 
Laura Ludwig, Germany 
Best Hitter 
Talita Antunes, Brazil 
Best Offensive Player 
Talita Antunes, Brazil 
Best Setter 
Ilka Semmler, Germany 
Most Improved Player 
Kira Walkenhorst, Germany 
Most Inspirational 
Laura Ludwig, Germany 
Taiana Lima, Brazil 
Top Rookie 
Kira Walkenhorst, Germany 
Team of the Year 
Talita Antunes & Taiana Lima, Brazil 

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