2017-09-06 12:37:00 CEST
American star picks up treble in FIVB awards
Hamburg Finals hero Phil Dalhausser completed an end-of-season hat-trick with three awards to make him the most decorated player in FIVB history.
No player has won more awards than the 37-year-old American since the FIVB began the process in 2005.
The Thin Beast, who with partner Nick Lucena won the season finale in Germany and gold in Gstaad, was named Most Outstanding, Best Blocker and Best Offensive Player in 2017, taking his total to 30 post-season awards.
Fellow American John Hyden was named as Most Inspirational. The 44-year-old continued his renaissance on the sand with Ryan Doherty in 2017 with a host of impressive display on the international tour, including a silver medal in Olsztyn and top-five finishes in Fort Lauderdale, Rio and Gstaad.
There were no surprises in the Best Server category with Brazilian World Champion Evandro winning the award once again, while the Best Defender award went the way of Russia’s World Championship bronze medalist Viacheslav Krasilnikov.
Fort Lauderdale Major champion Alvaro Filho was named the Sportsman of the Year while Canada’s Sam Pedlow, who teamed up with Sam Schachter at the start of the season, received the Most Improved Player prize.
Norway’s 20-year-old rising star Anders Mol was selected as the Rookie of the Year following another impressive season on the senior tour. The Scandinavian finished ninth at both Majors in Gstaad and Poreč.
Finally, Poland’s super-consistent Bartosz Losiak was named Best Setter. Together with Piotr Kantor, Losiak won silver in Rio and at the Gstaad Major before the duo finished fourth in the Hamburg Finals.
Men’s roll of honor
Most Outstanding – Phil Dalhausser
Best Blocker – Phil Dalhausser
Best Offensive Player – Phil Dalhausser
Best Server – Evandro
Best Defender – Viacheslav Krasilnikov
Best Hitter – Alexander Brouwer
Best Setter – Bartosz Losiak
Most Improved Player – Sam Pedlow
Rookie of the Year – Anders Mol
Sportsman of the Year – Alvaro Filho
Most Inspirational – John Hyden
Congratulations to the winners.
Click here to see which women won what in the 2017 end-of-season awards.