World League's top four USA, Brazil, Italy and Iran contribute to Dream Team
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 24, 2014 – USA outside hitter Taylor Sander topped the statistical charts to receive the highest individual honour in the FIVB Volleyball World League Dream Team – the Most Valuable Player Award.
Individual awards went to Wallace de Souza, Mir Saied Marouflakrani, Salvatore Rossini, Lucas Saatkamp, David Lee, Ricardo Lucarelli and Taylor Sander (from left to right)|
California native Sander made an impressive debut in the World League, playing a consistent and solid game throughout the tournament. He led the United States to its second title in the World League, worthy of earning him Best Outside Hitter and MVP awards. Like Sander, young Brazilian Ricardo Lucarelli overwhelmed his opponents with his dexterity from the left flank to take the second Best Outside Hitter award.
The high-flying Wallace de Souza also showed that he is near unstoppable. He has featured in many Brazilian triumphs in recent years and picked up the Best Opposite award. Iranian captain and playmaker Mir Saied Marouflakrani was chosen as the Best Setter. Marouflakrani steered his team to a top four finish in the World League – making Iran the most successful Asian nation in the competition.
The United States’ David Lee and Brazilian tower Lucas Saatkamp were the tournament's Best Middle Blockers. Both players displayed great strength at the net, disabling their opponents' efforts in offense but also scoring at crucial moments. The Best Libero award went to Italian Salvatore Rossini, who chased for every ball, making Dragan Travica’s setter role that much easier with his excellent passing and digging.
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