After playing some of the best volleyball of their lives at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Max Holt and Jordan Larson have been named USA Volleyball’s Male and Female Indoor Players of the Year.
Coming off of his first Olympic campaign that culminated in a bronze medal, Holt receives the honor for the first time in his career. He started every set the U.S. played in Rio and was the second-leading blocker of the Games, averaging .65 per set. He was second among all servers with 12 aces and 13th among all scorers with 45 kills.
“If we had played for a gold medal, I thought Max could have been the Olympic MVP,” U.S. head coach John Speraw told USA Volleyball. “I thought he was the best middle blocker of the tournament.”
Despite missing several FIVB World League matches with an ankle injury, he led the U.S. men’s team for the year in aces with 24, was second in blocks (33) and was fourth in kills (80) and total scoring (137 points).
Larson, a two-time Olympian, receives the award for the second consecutive year. She led the U.S. women to three podium finishes in 2016: gold at the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament, silver at the FIVB World Grand Prix and bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She averaged 3.35 points per set, converting 40.6 percent of her attacks and adding 18 aces and 24 blocks. She handled 410 service receptions, over 70 more receptions than the next closest teammate in that category.
“I feel so honored,” Larson told USA Volleyball. “These past two years have been both challenging but so rewarding at the same time. I am so thankful to be surrounded with such great teammates, coaches and people who make me and allow me to be the best version of myself every single day. I couldn’t have done this without them. I am so grateful.”
During the Olympics, Larson averaged 2.69 kills, 0.34 blocks and 0.28 aces per set, converting 41.5 percent of her attacks. A member of the national team since 2009, she owns a silver medal from the London 2012 Olympic Games and was on the squad that won gold at the 2014 FIVB World Championship.