AWARD WINNER 2016

BEST BLOCKER

NICOLAI
Paolo

Italy

Age: 29 (Aug 06. 1988)

Height: 204

Partner: NICOLAI

Greatest Success

2016: Olympic Silver Rio, European Champion - 2014: European Champion

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BEST BLOCKER

WALKENHORST
Kira

Germany

Age: 26 (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) - European Champion in Biel (Laura LUDWIG), Gold at Klagenfurt Major (Laura LUDWIG), - 2015: European Champion in Klagenfurt (Laura LUDWIG) - 2014: Bronze at the European Championships in Cagliari (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

Gold at the World Championships in Vienna 2017

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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 WALS

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BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER

MOST OUTSTANDING, SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

SCHMIDT
Bruno Oscar

Brazil

Age: 30 (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 Medal Major Porec, Bronze Medal Major Gstaad

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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) - 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 ANT

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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: 25 (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) - 2015: European Champion in Klagenfurt (Kira WALKENHORST) - 2014: Bronze at the European Championships in Cagliari (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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