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Three beach Olympians earn FIVB awards

By Corinne Calabro | Oct. 25, 2016, 8 a.m. (ET)

USA's 2016 FIVB beach award winners

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Three U.S. beach volleyball Olympians were honored with 2016 FIVB World Tour awards.

Olympic bronze medalists April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings, plus Phil Dalhausser were each honored with individual season awards, as announced by the Federation of International Volleyball on Oct. 21.


Walsh Jennings was awarded the Best Hitter award, the fourth time she has earned the recognition. Ross the Best Server, her fourth in the category. Dalhausser the Best Setter, his seventh and third consecutive in that distinction.

Walsh Jennings now has 25 career FIVB season awards, Ross eight and Dalhausser's 26 individual FIVB awards leads all athletes since the FIVB's inception of the awards in 2005.

In 2016, Walsh Jennings and Ross teamed to win five gold, two silver and one bronze on the FIVB World Tour, as well as bronze at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dalhausser played an exceptional season with partner Nick Lucena, the pair won four World Tour events and stood on the podium a total of eight times in 2016. At the Olympics, the duo were only outplayed by eventual gold-medal winning Alison Cerutti/Bruno Schmidt of Brazil. For their effort, Dalhausser and Lucena finished second on the 2015-16 World Tour Rankings, just 120 points behind the leaders from Latvia.

Click here to see USA's all-time FIVB award winners.

2016 Women's Award Winners        Men
Most Outstanding Player    Laura Ludwig, Germany   Bruno Schmidt, Brazil 
Best Setter   Larissa Franca, Brazil   Phil Dalhausser, USA
Best Hitter   Kerri Walsh Jennings, USA   Alison Cerutti, Brazil
Best Server   April Ross, USA   Evandro Goncalves, Brazil
Best Rookie   Eduarda Lisboa, Brazil   Gustavo Carvalhaes, Brazil
Best Blocker   Kira Walkenhorst, Germany   Paolo Nicolai, Italy
Best Offensive Player   Larissa Franca, Brazil    Janis Smedins, Latvia
Best Defensive Player   Heather Bansley, Canada   Bruno Schmidt, Brazil
Most Improved Player   Joana Heidrich, Switzerland   Piotr Kantor, Poland
Most Inspirational Player    Nadine Zumkehr, Switzerland   Reinder Nummerdor, Netherlands
Sportswoman/man of the Year   Laura Ludwig, Germany   Bruno Schmidt, Brazil

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