USAV Names 2009 Athletes, Teams of the Year

Dec. 15, 2009, 6:23 p.m. (ET)

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

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 15, 2009) – As 2009 draws to a close, USA Volleyball has announced its players and teams of the year.

For beach volleyball, April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) was named Female Player of the Year. Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) was named Male Player of the Year and Jen Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Ross were named Team of the Year.

For indoor volleyball, opposite Nancy Metcalf (Hull, Iowa) was named Female Player of the Year. Outside hitter Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) was named Male Player of the Year and the Boys’ Youth National Team was named Team of the Year.

For sitting volleyball, Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) was named Female Player of the year. Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was named Male Player of the Year and the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team was named Team of the Year.

Each selection has been nominated to the USOC for their respective category of SportsWoman, SportsMan or Sports Team of the Year.

Beach (Photo courtesy of FIVB) 

April Ross celebrates at the 2009 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship. FIVB photo.Ross and Kessy won the 2009 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship in Stavanger, Norway. Ross was named the event's MVP. She led all players in aces with an average of 1.44 per set.  Kessy led all players in hitting with a 0.593 hitting percentage.

Kessy and Ross also won SWATCH FIVB World Tour events in Marseille, France and Phuket, Thailand. Kessy was named the MVP of both tournaments.

The team had four second-place finishes and two thirds and finished the season in third place overall for FIVB World Tour ranking points. The FIVB named Ross its Best Offensive Player and Best Hitter.

On the AVP Tour, Ross and Kessy had four victories while finishing second five times and third twice. In Chicago in 2009, Kessy and Ross became just the sixth team worldwide to surpass the $1 million mark in career earnings as a partnership.

On the men’s side, Dalhausser and partner Todd Rogers won the 2009 FIVB World Tour Grand Slam events in Marseille, France and Klagenfurt, Austria. Dalhausser was named the Most Outstanding Player in Marseille.

The team finished third at the 2009 World Championship in Stavanger, Norway. Dalhausser led all players in hitting percentage with 68 kills on 90 attacks with nine errors for a 0.656 percentage. He was second among all players in aces with an average of 0.88 per set. He was third among all players in blocks with an average of 2.19 per set. Dalhausser was named the Best Offensive Player, Best Hitter and Best Setter of the men’s 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Tour. He finished second in voting for Most Inspirational Player and Best Blocker.

On the domestic AVP Tour, Dalhausser and Rogers won eight out of 15 tournaments with four second places and one third. Dalhausser won the AVP King of the Beach title in Las Vegas, as he and John Hyden defeated Jeff Nygaard and Rogers in the final.

The AVP Tour named Dalhausser its 2009 Most Valuable Player, Best Defensive Player, Best Offensive Player, Best Hitter and Best Setter. Dalhausser and Rogers were named AVP Team of the Year and won the men's Crocs Cup Championship.

Indoor (Photos courtesy of FIVB)

Nancy Metcalf hits against Russia during the 2009 FIVB Grand Prix. FIVB photo.After being away from the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2006, Metcalf returned to the squad and picked up where she left off. She posted a team-leading 301 points and a 3.81 scoring average in 2009. She was selected to compete in six tournaments.

Metcalf earned the Best Spiker award at the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship after contributing a team-best 3.52 kills per set. She helped the U.S. to the silver medal at the Final Four Intercontinental Cup as she finished with a 2.63 scoring average per set.

During the premier FIVB World Grand Prix, Metcalf charted 4.25 points per set and converted 37 percent of her attacks into points. She also served as the team captain during two of the three preliminary round weekends.

Metcalf helped the U.S. qualify for the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix with the team’s fourth-place Sean Rooney hits against Bulgaria during the 2009 World League. FIVB photo.finish at the Women’s Pan American Cup held June 26-July 4 in Miami. She started six of seven matches during the tournament and provided averages of 3.75 kills, 0.65 blocks, 1.60 digs and 0.25 aces per set.

On the men’s side, Rooney was the U.S. Men's Team's leading scorer in 2009, finishing with 258 points on 224 kills, 22 blocks and 12 aces in 67 sets.

Rooney was named Best Spiker at the 2010 FIVB World Championship Qualifier for NORCECA Group F on Aug. 15-17 in Irvine, Calif., as the U.S. won all three matches and qualified for the 2010 World Championship.

Rooney was the United States' leading scorer in both pool play and the final round of the FIVB World League competition, where the U.S. Men finished sixth. He started every pool play match except the final one against Netherlands.

The U.S. Boys' Youth National Team opened the 2009 World Championship in Italy by upsetting Iran, the defending champion and top-ranked U-19 team in the world. It also defeated Japan in pool play.

The U.S. Boys' Youth National Team poses during the 2009 FIVB World Championship. FIVB photo.But the United States' loss to Serbia and Serbia's surprising loss to Iran caused the U.S. Boys to miss advancing to the tournament's winners' bracket by just a fraction of a point.

In the consolation pool, the U.S. Boys defeated Egypt and Algeria, but finished second due to a loss to Brazil. The team beat Poland to advance to the ninth-place match, but a final loss to Brazil put them in 10th at the finish with a 5-3 record.

Serbia won the World Championship while Iran finished second.

Boys' Youth (Under-19) National Team
2 Micah Christenson (Setter, Honolulu, Hawai’i)
3 Tanner Clayton (Middle Blocker, San Diego, Calif.)
4 Taylor Crabb (Outside Hitter, Honolulu, Hawai’i)
6 Dylan Davis (MB, Corona del Mar, Calif.)
7 Jeremy Dejno (LOH, New Berlin, Wis.)
10 Nick Gibson (LOH, Shorewood, Wis.)
12 Evan Mottram (Libero, Leona Valley, Calif.)
14 Connor Olbright (Setter, Orange, Calif.)
15 Spencer Rowe (MB, Trabuco Canyon, Calif.)
16 Taylor Sander (LOH, Norco, Calif.)
18 Joshua Taylor (LOH, Honolulu, Hawai’i)
19 Maurice Torres (ROH, Riverside, Calif.)

Head Coach: Andy Read (Long Beach State University)
Assistant Coach: Sean Byron (Ohio State University)
Team Leader/Manager: Ken Preston (former head coach at UC Santa Barbara)
Doctor: David Dyck Jr.
Therapist/Trainer: Daniel Friend (Lewis University)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Birch (Penn State University)

Sitting (Headshots courtesy of USOC. Team photo by Frank Polich Photography)

Katie Holloway. Photo courtesy of the USOC.The U.S. Women's Sitting Team won both tournaments in which it competed in 2009 and lost only one match along the way.

In the most exciting development, the U.S. Women's Sitting Team won the 2009 Eurocup Sitting Volleyball Championship in Roermond, Netherlands. The U.S. Women went 4-1 in the tournament, crushing host Netherlands in the gold medal match, 25-16, 25-7, 25-12.

The only loss the U.S. Women suffered was a five-set, pool play battle against Slovenia. However the U.S. Women came back to defeat Slovenia, 3-1 and advance to the championship match.

Katie Holloway was named the tournament’s Best Blocker. She also led the team in scoring in two matches. Heather Erickson won Best Hitter. Allison Aldrich was named Best Server and Kari Miller was name Best Libero.

Eric Duda. Photo courtesy of the USOC.The U.S. Women's Sitting Team also went undefeated and did not lose a set as it beat host Canada at the Parapan American Zonal Championships. Holloway led the U.S. Women's Team in scoring in two matches.

On the men’s side, Duda led the U.S. Men's Sitting Team in scoring at the 2009 Parapan American Zonal Championships between the United States and host Canada. The United States swept Canada in four straight matches.

Duda started every match and either led the scoring or shared the scoring lead in every match. He finished with a total of 49 points. His hitting percentage was greater than 40 percent for the tournament.

Overall, Duda has made important contributions to the team all season, said U.S. Head Coach Bill Hamiter.

The U.S. Women's Sitting Team shows off its silver medals at the 2008 Pa

U.S. Women’s Sitting Team
1. Lora Webster (Cave Creek, Ariz.)
2. Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.)
3. Brenda Maymon (Sellersburg, Ind.)
4. Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
5. Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.)
6. SuGui Kriss (Ravena, N.Y.)
7. Hope Lewellen (Palos Park, Ill.)
8. Gina McWilliams (The Colony, Texas)
9. Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.)
10. Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.)
11. Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.)
12. Alex Gouldie (St. Paul, Neb.)

Head Coach: Bill Hamiter
Team Manager: Mark Herrin
Assistant Coach: Cara Bartolic
Therapist/Trainer: Brian Choate
International Referee: Tim Harlow