2018-09-04 16:00:00 CEST
Brazilian World Tour Finals champ wins three end-of-season awards
World Tour Finals champion Duda Santos Lisboa had extra reason to celebrate as the beach sensation ended the season with a hat-trick of awards.
The 20-year-old, who became the youngest World Tour Finals champion when winning in Hamburg with Agatha Bednarczuk, was crowned Most Outstanding, Best Offensive and Best Hitter.
Duda is the second player in beach history to win the Rookie of the Year before going on to win the Most Outstanding award, after countrywoman Talita Antunes. Duda has achieved the feat in record time, taking just two years after being named Top Rookie in 2016.
Her teammate, Olympic silver medalist Agatha, also received two honors, being named Most Inspirational Player and Sportswoman of the Year.
Three Canadian players were recognized by FIVB officials, referees and media, with Melissa Humana-Paredes (Best Setter), Heather Bansley (Best Defensive Player) and Brandie Wilkerson (Best Blocker) taking the honors.
Hamburg bronze medalists Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho Del Solar also took an award each, with Taliqua taking the Best Server prize and Mariafe named as the Most Improved.
The Rookie of the Year award was shared between Russian Svetlana Kholomina and Latvia’s Tina Graudina.
Women’s roll of honor:
Most Outstanding Player: Duda
Best Offensive Player: Duda
Best Hitter: Duda
Best Server: Taliqua Clancy
Best Setter: Melissa Humana-Paredes
Best Defensive Player: Heather Bansley
Best Blocker: Brandie Wilkerson
Most Inspirational Player: Agatha Bednarczuk
Sportswoman of the Year: Agatha Bednarczuk
Rookies of the Year: Svetlana Kholomina/Tina Graudina
Most improved: Mariafe Artacho Del Solar
For a run-down of the awards for the men, click here.
Congratulations to all the winners from everyone at the Beach Major Series!