Video Spotlight: Get to Know Phil Dalhausser
Dalhausser enjoyed a break-out year in 2006, winning eight AVP tournaments with Todd Rogers along with an FIVB Grand Slam event in Austria. In 2007 the duo collected 11 victories, including the FIVB World Championships, becoming the first American team to win that coveted title. His $220,000 in earnings from the AVP in 2007 was the most for any individual since 1997.
He was named the Most Improved Player by both the AVP and FIVB in 2006, and in a testament to his all-around game, has been selected as the AVP’s Best Offensive Player for the past three straight seasons, the FIVB’s Best Blocker for the past two years as well as the Best Hitter in 2007, and was chosen as the AVP MVP in 2007.
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Video Spotlight: Get to Know Jen Kessy
- Kessy has been ranked in the AVP’s top 10 in four of the five seasons from 2004-2008.
- Kessy ended the 2008 AVP season with a win in the individual event and the FIVB season with a pair of victories.
- In her last five tournaments of 2008, Kessy collected a total of $101,000 in prize money.
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Video Spotlight: Get to Know Kerri Walsh
Intro about Kerri Walsh:
Six-feet of Sunshine, Kerri Walsh is on her way to becoming the best female beach volleyball player of all time after only playing professionally for seven years. Walsh is a two-time AVP MVP (2003, 2004) and part of the Tour’s Team of the Year for the past five seasons. She has also been named AVP Best Offensive Player in 2003. For the third straight season, she was chosen as the FIVB’s Best Hitter, Best Blocker and Sportsperson in addition to collecting the 2007 Best Offensive and Most Outstanding Player awards.
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Video Spotlight: Get to Know April Ross
Tidbits about April Ross:
- Ross is the first U.S. woman to start her career with three FIVB victories.
- Ross became the first U.S. woman to win FIVB Rookie of the Year in 2007, one season after winning the AVP’s Rookie of the Year award.
- In 2008 Ross logged the highest ace-per-game average in AVP history with 1.24 per game, while also recording the FIVB’s second fastest serve in 2008 (85.7 km/hr in Berlin).
Video and tidbits courtesy of AVP