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Volleyball Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2009 Inductees

The six inductees into the Volleyball Hall of Fame - Nikolai Karpol, Ivan Bugajenkov, the late Paul Libaud, Holly McPeak, Ana Beatriz Moser and Siegfried Schneider

Massachusetts, USA, October 30, 2009 – The Volleyball Hall of Fame inducted six international Volleyball greats - Ana Beatriz Moser of Brazil, Ivan Bugajenkov of Latvia and who played for Russia, Nikolai Karpol of Russia, the late Paul Libaud of France, Holly McPeak of the United States and Siegfried Schneider of Germany - into its hallowed shrine during a ceremony held on Friday at Holyoke, Massachusetts, the sport’s birthplace.

The 24th class saw Libaud selected as an administrator, Karpol honoured in the coach category and the four remaining individuals selected as players. Overall, the Volleyball Hall of Fame now has 94 members and 70 percent of the inductees since 1998 are from outside the United States. Schneider is the first inductee from Germany, bringing the total to 17 countries being represented in the Volleyball Hall of Fame.

“The Volleyball Hall of Fame welcomes the newest class of inductees who represent the highest calibre of international players, coaches and administrators in the sport of Volleyball,” Volleyball Hall of Fame President David Casey said. “As the Hall continues its mission to serve as a worldwide historical repository memorializing the sport, we are pleased to see the representation from so many different countries and the increased attention the FIVB (Federation Internationale de Volleyball) has taken in regards to the Hall itself.”

This year’s Volleyball Hall of Fame induction ceremony was bolstered by the increased presence of the FIVB. Mrs. Marta Centeno De Sajche of Guatemala, a FIVB executive vice-president, represented the International Volleyball Federation at the inductions and accepted Libaud’s induction award on behalf of the FIVB. The Volleyball Hall of Fame, incorporated in 1978, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honouring the great men and women of the sport, and the promotion of Volleyball worldwide.

“On behalf of the president of the International Volleyball Federation President Mr. Jizhong Wei, I would like to express our sincere congratulations to the Volleyball Hall of Fame members for organizing this annual celebration that honours exceptional representatives of Volleyball  and beach Volleyball  from all around the world,” Centeno said. “To the inductees of Class of 2009 Ana Moser, Ivan Bugajenkov, Holly McPeak, Siegfried Schneider, Nikolai Karpol, thank you very much for your excellent performances and leadership in Volleyball. Your names and achievements will be kept here in Holyoke, the birthplace of Volleyball, as an important part of our Volleyball history. The International Volleyball Federation, FIVB, recognizes this Volleyball Hall of Fame as unique as its kind and wishes to have close collaboration and active support toward Hall of Fame activities.”

In addition to the six inductees into the Volleyball Hall of Fame, Fran Hamel of Spalding was awarded the Mintonette Medallion of Merit for his long-time support for the Hall. He has been a strong supporter of the Volleyball Hall of Fame for more than two decades since joining the organization’s board of directors in 1986.

Among the attendees at the Volleyball Hall of Fame Induction ceremony were FIVB Board of Administration member and USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal. Kevin Barnett, a two-time Olympian for the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team, emceed the dinner and induction ceremony.

According to the inductee selection criteria, Volleyball Hall of Fame inductees are individuals who typically are retired for no less than five years from active participation in the category for which they are nominated, have achieved significant national or international recognition for no less than 10 years in the category in which they are nominated, have received significant honours that include national championships, national level participation, international medal performance and all-tournament/all-world selections.

Although a majority of Volleyball Hall of Fame nominations come directly through its international selection committee, nominations are accepted from anyone throughout the world with nomination forms available through the Volleyball Hall of Fame. Every past living inductee is a voting member of the selection committee. Volleyball Hall of Fame selection requires a 75 percent of total votes received.

Ana Beatriz Moser (Brazil)
Despite being short in stature (1.85 meters), Ana Beatriz Moser is considered one of the greatest attackers of all time. She played in three Olympic Games (1988, 1992, 1996) and helped Brazil to the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games, marking her country’s first-ever medal in the Olympic Games after losing in the 1992 Olympic Games bronze-medal match. Using a powerful jump serve, Moser was tabbed as the Best Server at the 1992 Olympic Games. She helped Brazil capture its first-ever FIVB World Championship medal with a silver at the 1994 event after leading her country to that season’s FIVB World Grand Prix. Moser and Brazil added a silver medal at the 1995 FIVB World Cup. She continued playing for the Brazilian National Team through the 1999 FIVB World Cup as she attempted to a four-time Olympian. However, she retired after the 1999 tournament due to a knee injury that also nearly cost her a chance to compete in the 1996 Olympic Games.

“I am still surprised with this honour, even since May when first told of the award,” Moser said during her acceptance speech. “It was 10 years ago next month that I played in my last international championship event, and this honour is a nice present. Through sport, I learned about myself. I learned about the training process and that it takes hard work to get to there. I got to know extraordinary people from all over the world who pushed me. What I know now, I learned through sport and this game. Now, I am working with children in my Institute, and this is an important issue in my home country. I am able to give back to the children what I have learned through sport.”

Ivan Bugajenkov (Latvia)
Ivan Bugajenkov, a Latvia native but a competitor for the Soviet Union, was a star on the Soviet Union (USSR) teams that captured back-to-back Olympic gold medals, the first at the inaugural Olympic Volleyball  competition in 1964 at Tokyo and the second in 1968 at Mexico City. At the Tokyo Olympics, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia tied with identical 8-1 record, but the USSR’s 25-5 set record was better than Czech silver medalist’s 26-10 set record. In addition, USSR won the head-to-head match with a 15-7 score in the fifth-set tiebreaker. In Mexico City, the Soviets had to recover from a first match loss to the USA to win the gold. Bugajenkov also starred on the USSR teams that won the World Championship in 1960 and 1962, and the European Championship in 1967. He was honoured with the USSR Honoured Master of Sport in 1964.

“It is a great pleasure and honour for me to be here tonight,” Bugajenkov said during his acceptance speech. “I had two dreams. First, I wanted to be a good sportsman and Olympic champion. Second, I wanted to visit the motherland of Volleyball here in Holyoke as the birthplace of the sport. Now, I have accomplished that with this induction into the Volleyball Hall of Fame.”

Nikolai Karpol (Russia)
Nikolai Karpol, the former USSR/Russian women's Volleyball coach, is considered to be one of the most successful and long-serving international coaches in the history of the game. Known as “The Howling Bear,” Karpol retired from the post of national team coach after leading the Russian women to the silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. His USSR/Russian teams accumulated over the years two Olympic gold medals (1980, 1988) and two Olympic silver medals (1992, 2000), a gold medal at the FIVB World Championship in 1990, three FIVB World Championship bronze medals (1994, 1998, 2002), three FIVB World Grand Prix titles (1997, 1999, 2002) and eight times European championships (1977, 1979, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999 & 2001). Karpol was elected Coach of the year by the FIVB in 1989 and 1991.

“I would like to thank the committee for all its hard work,” Karpol said during his acceptance speech. “I worked 50 years as a coach and 40 years as a trainer. I always prepared all my players for the national team.”

Paul Libaud (France)
After holding the position of president of the French Volleyball Federation from 1945-1947, Paul Libaud was elected the first president of the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) at its founding Congress in 1947 in Paris, and served in that role until 1984 – a total of 37 years. He is credited with growing the FIVB from its original 13 founding members to over 150 members in 1984, while starting the Men’s World Championship in 1949 and adding the Women’s World Championship in 1952. He is also credited with getting Volleyball  on the Olympic Games schedule commencing in Tokyo in 1964. The charismatic Libaud enlisted the services of numerous world leaders in various FIVB roles that promoted Volleyball  and resulted in the FIVB being one of the great sport federations when he retired in 1984. On his retirement, he was awarded the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Order and given the FIVB title President Emeritus. Libaud, who died at the age of 89 on April 2, 1994, was represented at the induction ceremony by Phillippe Beuchet of the French Volleyball Federation.

Holly McPeak (United States)
Holly McPeak, a three-time beach Volleyball  Olympian for the United States, competed in the first three Olympic Games events for the discipline – 1996, 2000 and 2004. She earned the Olympic bronze medal in 2004 with partner Elaine Youngs after consecutive fifth-place finishes with Nancy Reno in 1996 and Misty May-Treanor in 2000. She holds 72 career beach titles, including 19 FIVB titles, two FIVB Grand Slam events titles and 53 domestic titles. In 2002, McPeak became the first woman worldwide to surpass $1 million career earnings and retired in May 2009 with over $1.5 million in career earnings. She was named the MVP in three different USA leagues, along with being an eight-time Best Defensive Player of the Year in those three leagues.

“I’m so honoured as I have learned so much history of our sport tonight with all these other inductees,” McPeak said during her acceptance speech. “I was given so many great opportunities to compete and I’ve been so blessed to play professionally for 19 years. Thank you to the Volleyball Hall of Fame for acknowledging my career.”

Siegfried Schneider (Germany)
As one of its veteran players, Siegfried Schneider sparked the German Democratic Republic (DDR or East Germany) team to the silver medal at the 1972 Olympic Games. East Germany defeated the Soviet Union during the semifinals of the 1972 Olympic Games, but lost its chance for the gold medal with a four-set loss to Japan. Schneider played a key role in East Germany winning its first-ever FIVB World Cup in 1969 and its first-ever FIVB World Championship in 1970 with a dramatic five-set win over Bulgaria. During the 1968 Olympic Games, he helped East Germany to a fourth-place finish in which he played all nine matches. East Germany was 6-3 in the round robin format at the 1968 Olympic Games.

“You have to work hard to achieve something in life,” Schneider said during his acceptance speech. “I want to thank all the people who made it possible for me to be here tonight receiving this award. I want to thank all my other teammates, players and trainers. They helped make this award possible.”

Prior to 2009, a total of 88 individuals have been enshrined into the Volleyball Hall of Fame, which is located in the birthplace of the sport. 

Ana Beatriz Moser (Brazil); Ivan Bugajenkov (Russia/Latvia); Nikolai Karpol (Russia); Paul Libaud (France); Holly McPeak (USA); Siegfried Schneider (Germany)
Mintonette Medallion of Merit: Francis G. Hamel (Spalding)

Sinan Erdem (Turkey); Andrea Giani (Italy); Masae Kasai (Japan); Yuri Poyarkov (Ukraine); Vladimir Savvine (Russia); Randy Stoklos (USA)
William G. Morgan Award: City of Holyoke

Bob Ctvrtlik (USA); Andrea Gardini (Italy); Carlos Nuzman (Brazil); Kerri Pottharst (Australia); Yuan Weimin (China); Dimitar Zlatanov (Bulgaria)
William G. Morgan Award: The Dowd Group
Mintonette Medallion of Merit: William "Ron" Collamore

Bernie Holtzman (USA); Endre Holvay (Hungary); Jackie Silva (Brazil); Edward Skorek (Poland); Nina Smoleeva (Russia); Shigeo Yamada (Japan)
Court of Honour Award: The Japan Volleyball Association (JVA)

Bernard Rajzman (Brazil); Eugenio George (Cuba); Stanislaw Gosciniak (Poland); Cecilia Tait (Peru); Konstantin Reva (Russia); Ron Lang (USA)
William G. Morgan Award: Holyoke Medical Center

Karolyn Kirby (USA); Mireya Luis (Cuba); Josef Musil (Czech Republic); Seiji Oko (Japan)
William G. Morgan Award: Holyoke Gas & Electric

Givi Akhvlediani (Russia); Jungo Morita (Japan); Sinjin Smith (USA); Julio Velasco (Italy)
William G. Morgan Award: PeoplesBank
Mintonette Medallion of Merit: Alex Stetynski

Lang Ping (China); Tomasz Wojtowicz (Poland); Vyacheslav Platonov (Russia)
Court of Honour: 1990-1998 Italian Men's National Team
William G. Morgan Award: Volleyball Magazine
Mintonette Medallion of Merit: Kirk Kilgour

Karch Kiraly (USA); Regla Torres (Cuba); Jean Gaertner (USA)
Mintonette Medallion of Merit: Karen Keirstead

Hirofumi Daimatsu (Japan); Inna Ryskal (Russia); Takako Shirai (Japan); Yuri Tchesnokov (Russia); Harold Wendt (USA)

Wilbur H. Peck (USA); James G. Wortham (USA)
Court of Honour: 1988 U.S. Men's Olympic Team
William G. Morgan Award: Volleyball Festival, Inc.
Mintonette Medallion of Merit: Corporators of the Volleyball Hall of Fame

William Baird (USA); Craig Buck (USA); Dusty Dvorak (USA); Yasutaka Matsudaira (Japan); Steve Timmons (Japan); Paula Weishoff (Japan)

Andy Banachowski (USA); Albert Monaco Jr. (USA); Pedro "Pete" Velasco (USA)
Court of Honour: United States Armed Forces
Mintonette Medallion of Merit: Richard Caplan

Patricia Bright (USA); Donald Shondell (USA)
Court of Honour: Springfield College
Mintonette Medallion of Merit: Sally Kus

Debbie Green (USA); Robert L. Lindsay (USA); C.L. "Bobb" Miller (USA); Arie Selinger (USA)
Court of Honour: Special Olympics International
William G. Morgan Award: Spalding Sports Worldwide

Patty Dowdell (USA); Marv Dunphy (USA); John Koch (USA); Larry Rundle (USA)
Court of Honour: The American Volleyball Coaches Association
William G. Morgan Award: ASICS

Mike Bright (USA); Al Scates (USA)
Court of Honour: Federation Internationale de Volleyball

Dr. James Coleman (USA); Merton H. Kennedy (USA); Jon Stanley (USA); Ron Von Hagen (USA)

Dr. George J. Fisher (USA); Thomas Haine (USA); Rolf Engen (USA); Catalino Ignacio (USA)

Col. Edward DeGroot (USA); Alton Fish (USA); Mary Jo Peppler (USA)
Court of Honour: USA Volleyball 

Douglas Beal (USA); Glen Davies (USA); Kathy Gregory (USA); Michael O'Hara (USA)
Court of Honour: Young Men's Christian Association

Leonard Gibson; Flo Hyman (USA); Eugene Selznick (USA); Jane Ward (USA); Harry Wilson (USA)
Court of Honour: 1980 U.S. Women's Olympic Team and 1984 U.S. Men's Olympic Team

Dr. Harold T. Friermood (USA)

William G. Morgan (USA)


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