AWARD WINNER 2016

BEST BLOCKER

NICOLAI
Paolo

Italy

Age: 29 (Aug 06. 1988)

Height: 204

Partner: NICOLAI

Greatest Success

2017: European Champion in Jurmala - 2016: Olympic Silver in Rio de Janeiro, European Champion in Biel - 2014: European Champion in Quartu Saint'Elena

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BEST BLOCKER

WALKENHORST
Kira

Germany

Age: 27 (Nov 18. 1990)

Height: 184 cm

Partner: WALKENHORST

Greatest Success

2017: Gold at World Championships in Vienna (Laura LUDWIG), Gold at World Tour Finals in Hamburg (Laura LUDWIG) - 2016: Olympic Gold, Rio, Gold World Tour Finals, Toronto (Laura LUDWIG), Gold at Klagenfurt Major (Laura LUDWIG), Bronze at Gstaad Major (Laura LUDWIG), Gold at Hamburg Major (Laura LUDWIG), Gold at Olsztyn Grand Slam (Laura LUDWIG( - European Champion in Biel (Laura LUDWIG), Gold at Klagenfurt Major (Laura LUDWIG), - 2015: European Champion in Klagenfurt (Laura LUDWIG), Silver at the World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale (Laura LUDWIG), Bronze at Long Beach Grand Slam (Laura LUDWIG), Gold at Yokohama Grand Slam (Laura LUDWIG) - 2014: Bronze at the European Championships in Cagliari (Laura LUDWIG), Gold at Shanghai Grand Slam (Laura LUDWIG) - 2013: Bronze at the European Championships in Klagenfurt (Laura LUDWIG)

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BEST SERVER

GONCALVES OLIVEIRA JUNIOR
Evandro

Brazil

Age: 27 (Jul 17. 1990)

Height: 210

Partner: EVANDRO

Greatest Success

2017: World Champion in Vienna (André LOYOLA) - 2016: Bronze at the World Championships in The Hague (Pedro SOLBERG)

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BEST SERVER

ROSS
April

United States

Age: 35 (Jun 20. 1982)

Height: 185 cm

Partner: ROSS A.

Greatest Success

2017: Silver at the World Championships in Vienna (Lauren FENDRICK) - 2016: Olympic Bronze (Kerri WALSH-JENNINGS), Silver at Gstaad Major (Kerri WALSH-JENNINGS), Gold at Long Beach Grand Slam (Kerri WALSH-JENNINGS), Gold at Moscow Grand Slam (Kerri WALSH-JENNINGS), Gold at Rio Grand Slam (Kerri WALSH-JENNINGS) - 2015: Silver at Long Beach Grand Slam (Kerri WALSH-JENNINGS) - 2014: Gold at Long Beach Grand Slam (Kerri WALSH-JENNINGS), Gold at Stavanger Grand Slam (Kerri WALSH-JENNINGS), Gold at Moscow Grand Slam (Kerri WALSH-JENNINGS)

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BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER

MOST OUTSTANDING, SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

SCHMIDT
Bruno Oscar

Brazil

Age: 31 (Oct 06. 1986)

Height: 185

Partner: BRUNO

Greatest Success

Olympic Champion Rio 2016, World Champion 2015, Swatch World Tour Finals Winner 2015 and 2016

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BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER

BANSLEY
Heather

Canada

Age: 30 (Sep 13. 1987)

Height: 171 cm

Partner: BANSLEY

Greatest Success

2016: Silver at Porec Major (Sarah PAVAN), Bronze at Moscow Grand Slam (Sarah PAVAN) - 2015: Silver at Porec Major (Sarah PAVAN), Bronze at Gstaad Major (Sarah PAVAN), Bronze at Yokohama Grand Slam (Sarah PAVAN)

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BEST HITTER

CONTE CERUTTI
Alison

Brazil

Age: 31 (Dec 07. 1985)

Height: 203

Partner: ALISON

Greatest Success

Olympic Champion Rio 2016, World Champion 2011 and 2015, Swatch World Tour Finals Winner 2015 and 2016

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BEST HITTER

WALSH JENNINGS
Kerri

United States

Age: 39 (Aug 15. 1978)

Height: 190 cm

Partner: WALSH

Greatest Success

2016: Silver at Gstaad Major (April ROSS), Gold at Long Beach Grand Slam (April ROSS), Gold at Moscow Grand Slam (April Ross), Gold at Rio Grand Slam (April ROSS) - 2015: Silver at Long Beach Grand Slam (April ROSS) - 2014: Gold at Long Beach Grand Slam (April ROSS), Gold at Stavanger Grand Slam (April ROSS), Gold at Moscow Grand Slam (April ROSS) - Olympic Gold 2004, 2008, 2012 - Olympic Bronze 2016 - World Champion 2003, 2005, 2007

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BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER

SMEDINS
Janis

Latvia

Age: 30 (Jul 31. 1987)

Height: 191

Partner: SMEDINS J.

Greatest Success

2016: FIVB Best Offensive Player

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BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER

BEST SETTER

FRANCA MAESTRINI
Larissa

Brazil

Age: 35 (Apr 14. 1982)

Height: 174 cm

Partner: LARISSA

Greatest Success

2017: Gold at FTL 5* Major (Talita ANTUNES), Silver at Gstaad 5* Major (Talita ANTUNES), Bronze at the World Championships in Vienna (Talita ANTUNTES), Bronze at the World Tour Finals in Hamburg (Talita ANTUNES) - 2016: Gold at Gstaad Major (Talita ANTUNES), Bronze at Hamburg Major (Talita ANTUNES), Silver at Olsztyn Grand Slam (Talita ANUTUNES), Silver at Moscow Grand Slam (Talita ANTUNES) - 2015: Gold at the World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale (Talita ANTUNES), Gold at Gstaad Major (Talita ANTUNES), Gold at Porec Major (Talita ANTUNES), Gold at Olsztyn Grand Slam (Talita ANTUNES), Gold at Long Beach Grand Slam (Talita ANTUNES), Gold at Moscow Grand Slam (Talita ANTUNES) - 2014: Gold at Sao Paulo Grand Slam (Talita ANTUNES), Gold at Stare Jablonki Grand Slam (Talita ANTUNES), Gold at Klagenfurt Grand Slam (Talita ANTUNES)

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BEST SETTER

DALHAUSSER
Phil

United States

Age: 37 (Jan 26. 1980)

Height: 206

Partner: DALHAUSSER

Greatest Success

Olympic Champion Beijing 2008, World Champion Gstaad 2007

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MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

KANTOR
Piotr

Poland

Age: 25 (May 03. 1992)

Height: 200

Partner: KANTOR P.

Greatest Success

World Champion for players under the age of 19, 21 and 23

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MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

HEIDRICH
Joana

Switzerland

Age: 26 (Oct 02. 1991)

Height: 190 cm

Partner: HEIDRICH

Greatest Success

2016: Silver at the World Tour Finals in TORONTO (Nadine ZUMKEHR), Silver at Klagenfurt Major (Nadine ZUMKEHR) - 2011: Gold U21 WCH Halifax (Nina BETSCHART) - 2011: 4th rank U23 ECH in Porto (Tanja GORICANEC)

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MOST INSPIRATIONAL

NUMMERDOR
Reinder

Netherlands

Age: 41 (Sep 10. 1976)

Height: 194

Partner: NUMMERDOR

Greatest Success

Vice World Champion, The Hague 2015

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MOST INSPIRATIONAL

ZUMKEHR
Nadine

Switzerland

Age: 32 (Feb 05. 1985)

Height: 172 cm

Partner: -

Greatest Success

2016: Silver at the World Tour Finals in Toronto (Joana HEIDRICH), Silver at Klagenfurt Major (Joana HEIDRICH) - 2012: Gold Grand Slam Rome (Simone KUHN) - 2009: Bronze ECH Sotchi (Simone KUHN); Gold FIVB Open Sanya (Simone KUHN); Bronze Grand Slam Gsta

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MOST OUTSTANDING

SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR

LUDWIG
Laura

Germany

Age: 31 (Jan 13. 1986)

Height: 181 cm

Partner: LUDWIG

Greatest Success

2017: Gold at World Championships in Vienna (Kira WALKENHORST), Gold at World Tour Finals in Hamburg (Kira WALKENHORST) - 2016: FIVB Most Outstanding Player, FIVB Sportswoman of the Year, Olympic Gold, Rio (Walkenhorst), Gold at the World Tour Finals in Toronto, European Champion in Biel (Kira WALKENHORST), Gold at Klagenfurt Major (Kira WALKENHORST), Bronze at Gstaad Major (Kira WALKENHORST), Gold at Hamburg Major (Kira WALKENHORST), Gold at Olsztyn Grand Slam (Kira WALKENHORST) - 2015: European Champion in Klagenfurt (Kira WALKENHORST), Silver at the World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale (Kira WALKENHORST), Bronze at Long Beach Grand Slam (Kira WALKENHORST), Gold at Yokohama Grand Slam (Kira WALKENHORST) - 2014: Bronze at the European Championships in Cagliari (Kira WALKENHORST), Silver at Stare Jablonki Grand Slam (Julia SUDE), Gold at Shanghai Grand Slam (Kira WALKENHORST) - 2013: Bronze at the European Championships in Klagenfurt (Kira WALKENHORST)- 2011: Vice European Champion in Kristiansand (GOLLER) - 2010: European Champion in Berlin (GOLLER) - 2009: Vice European Champion in Sochi (GOLLER) - 2008: European Champion in Hamburg (GOLLER) - 20017: Vice European Champion in Valencia (GOLLER),

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TOP ROOKIE

CARVALHAES
Gustavo

Brazil

Age: 24 (Aug 20. 1993)

Height: 186

Partner: GUSTAVO CARVALHAES

Greatest Success

2013: World Champion for players under the age of 21

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TOP ROOKIE

SANTOS LISBOA
Eduarda

Brazil

Age: 19 (Aug 01. 1998)

Height: 180 cm

Partner: DUDA

Greatest Success

2017: Silver at FTL 5* Major (AGATHA), Silver at the World Tour Finals in Hamburg (AGATHA) - 2013: World Champion U19 - 2014: World Champion U19 - 2016: World Champion U19+U21

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