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Fans vote Patterson, Ludwig favorites of 2013

Fans voted on FIVB's Facebook page
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 6, 2014 - Many beach volleyball players wowed fans during the 2013 FIVB beach volleyball season, but USA's Casey Patterson and Germany's Laura Ludwig were the standouts for fans online.

The fan vote corresponds with the official 2013 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball Beach Volleyball season awards, chosen by players that participate on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.

Fan favorite Ludwig was also voted as the Most Inspirational Player and the Best Defensive Player by her peers. 

Patterson, who did not receive an additional award, awed fans throughout the season with his energy on the court, which often included dance moves to accompany his signature hair style. 

2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour/FIVB Open Award Winners - voted by players  

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 
Sportsperson - Taiana Lima, Brazil 
Top Rookie - Kira Walkenhorst, Germany 
Team of the Year - Talita Antunes & Taiana Lima, Brazil 

2013 Men's FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour/FIVB Open Award Winners  - voted by players  
Most Outstanding - Phil Dalhausser, United States  
Best Blocker - Pedro Salgado, Brazil 
Best Defensive Player - Bruno Oscar Schmidt, Brazil 
Best Hitter - Janis Smedins, Latvia 
Best Offensive Player - Janis Smedins, Latvia 
Best Setter - Janis Smedins, Latvia 
Most Improved Player - Alvaro Filho, Brazil 
Most Inspirational - Jake Gibb, United States 
Sportsman - Janis Smedins, Latvia 
Top Rookie - Alvaro Filho, Brazil 
Team of the Year - Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs, Latvia 

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