USA Volleyball Honors 2008 Beach Players, Team of Year

Jan. 22, 2009, 6:17 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800       

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 22, 2009) – USA Volleyball has announced its 2008 beach volleyball team and players of the year.

The team of Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) was named the Beach Volleyball Team of the Year.

Dalhausser was named the Men’s Beach Volleyball Player of the Year. Misty May-Treanor (Costa Mesa, Calif.) was named the Women’s Beach Volleyball Player of the Year.

Dalhausser and Rogers confirmed that winning the 2007 FIVB World Championship was no fluke when they won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

The duo had to come back from an upset in their first Olympic match to win the next six contests for the gold.

As a team, Dalhausser and Rogers finished first in blocking (six per match) and digs (7.4 per match) in Beijing and second in kills (27.4 per match) and aces (2.1 per match).

Dalhausser and Rogers also won three out of six of the “Grand Slam” tournaments on the 2008 FIVB SWATCH World Tour and finished second in another. With two other FIVB bronze medals in their trophy cases (and of course the Olympic gold medal); they finished 2008 with a match record of 45-5 and a set record of 91-19 in international tournaments.

“Obviously winning the gold medal was the best thing,” Rogers said. “Winning the three Grand Slams in a row and making the finals in four in a row; that was a high point. I don’t think any other U.S. men’s team has done that.”

Domestically, Dalhausser and Rogers were named the AVP Team of the Year after winning 11 of 15 AVP tournaments in 2008. They finished 2008 with a match record of 71-7 and a set record of 143-30 in AVP events. Three of those victories, including their third straight win at Manhattan Beach, Calif., came after their Olympic victory, when some might have expected a letdown.

“Winning in Manhattan Beach was a big high point,” Rogers said. “All my friends and family were there.”

Dalhausser was named USAV’s Men’s Beach Player of the Year for his dominating play all season. He was named MVP of the Olympic tournament where he led all players in aces with 14 in seven matches and blocks with 42 in seven matches.

“Phil took a leap forward mentally this season with a better understanding of what is going on in the game itself,” Rogers said. “It’s becoming second nature. It’s the hardest part of the game to get and some never do.”

Dalhausser was named the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Sportsman of the Year for 2008, along with being honored as top hitter, best blocker and best offensive player. He was also named the AVP 2008 MVP, Best Offensive Player and Best Defensive Player (blocker).

Currently, Dalhausser and Rogers are competing on the AVP’s Hot Winter Nights Tour.

On the women’s side, May-Treanor was named USA Volleyball’s women’s beach player of the year for the second straight year.

May-Treanor’s 2008 achievements with partner Kerri Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.) have been well documented.

May-Treanor and Walsh won the 2008 Olympic beach volleyball gold medal, finishing the tournament 7-0 without dropping a set (14-0). May-Treanor was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Olympic tournament, finishing third among hitters with 107 kills in seven matches and third among diggers with 43 digs in seven matches.

May-Treanor was named the FIVB’s top player of 2008 along with China’s Xi Zhang. May-Treanor was also named the 2008 top defensive and best offensive player and shared the sportsperson-of-the-year honor with Walsh.

May-Treanor captured three Most Outstanding Player awards on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour in 2008 as she and Walsh won three FIVB Grand Slam titles. May-Treanor and Walsh finished 2008 with a match record of 28-0 and a set record of 56-3 in international events.

May-Treanor swept the major honors at the AVP’s 2008 postseason awards ceremony, winning the Best Offensive Player, Best Defensive Player and Most Valuable Player honors while also earning the title of Team of the Year with Walsh.

May-Treanor and Walsh won 12 out of 14 AVP tour events in 2008, with one second and one third. The team finished with a match record of 71-4 and a set record of 141-18 in domestic events.

Currently, May-Treanor is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon she suffered while practicing for Dancing with the Stars.