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Dec 06 Sykora Named USAV Indoor Female Athlete of Year

Dec. 06, 2010, 8:28 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 6, 2010) – Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) has been named the USA Volleyball Indoor Female Athlete of the Year for 2010 and has been nominated for the United States Olympic Committee SportsWoman of the Year.

Sykora, a three-time Olympian with the U.S. Women’s Olympic Volleyball Team, capped her season by earning Best Libero at the FIVB Women’s World Championship in which the U.S. finished fourth. She averaged 7.13 digs and excellent receptions per set at the World Championship, which was 0.93 higher than the second-place finisher in the category. In addition, Sykora produced 4.85 digs per set in the World Championship to lead the Best Digger category by over 1.30 digs per set than the second-best digger.

“What an honor,” Sykora said. “First and foremost, I would like to thank USA Volleyball for putting up with me all of these years. I honestly believe that individual awards can never be achieved without a great support system. I have been fortunate enough to have had great teammates, coaches, family and friends aside me down this long journey of a career. I feel very honored to be named USA Volleyball SportsWoman of the Year. Thank you very much.”

“Stacy had a great season this year,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “She works hard, she's a great competitor, and she makes those around her better. She's becoming the complete package.”

Sykora played a key role in propelling the U.S. to the gold medal at the FIVB World Grand Prix held in August. She averaged 2.26 digs per set during five matches played in the Final Round in which the Americans extended their win streak to 11 matches. For the tournament, Sykora aided the U.S. to an overall .300 hitting efficiency in 14 matches and was ranked as the third-best libero.

At the Pan American Cup played in June, Sykora served as the team’s libero is six of the seven matches leading to a bronze medal. She averaged 3.32 digs per set helping the team to a .333 hitting efficiency.

For the 2010 season, Sykora played in 115 sets and 31 match starts. According to unofficial DataVolley statistics, she compiled 449 digs for a 3.90 average for the season.

Sykora joined the U.S. Women’s National Team in January 1999 and has since competed in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. Despite earning the Best Digger award at the 2004 Olympic Games, she stepped away from the game for nearly three years only to return in September 2007 and help the Americans qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games by finishing third at the 2007 FIVB World Cup. She and her teammates went on to win the Olympic Games silver medal at Beijing in 2008.

USA Volleyball will announce its selections for Indoor Male Athlete, Beach Male Athlete, Beach Female Athlete, Female Paralympic, Male Paralympic Athletes of the Year and Teams of the Year through Dec. 14.

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