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Beach Volleyball - 23. October 2007.

U.S. Teams Grab Postseson Honors


Kerri Walsh, left, and Misty May-Treanor. Photo courtesy of the FIVB.

May-Treanor (Costa Mesa, Calif.) swept the major honors Thursday night at the AVP Crocs Tour's annual postseason awards ceremony for players on the U.S. domestic tour, winning the Best Offensive Player, Best Defensive Player and Most Valuable Player honors while also earning the title of Team of the Year with Walsh.

Walsh (Santa Clara, Calif.) secured the SWATCH-FIVB most outstanding player award on the international tour after being named an event MOP for the fifth-time this at the last FIVB double-gender event of the season at the end of September in Fortaleza. With one women's international event to go, May-Treanor and Walsh have a 2007 match record of 47-1 and have won 94 of 102 sets. They have won six out of seven of the SWATCH-FIVB events they competed in, including three out of four Grand Prix titles and the World Championship in Gstaad, Switzerland.

More women's awards will be given out following the final SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event on Oct. 31-Nov. 4 in Phuket, Thailand.

Domestically, May-Treanor and Walsh won 13 of the 15 AVP Crocs Tour events they entered this season, never finishing lower than third. They had a 76-3 match record in 2007 and lost just 14 games.

The AVP Team of the Year honor was the fifth straight for May-Treanor and Walsh. May-Treanor was named the Best Offensive Player for the fourth straight year, earned her third straight MVP award and captured the Best Defensive Player title for the second straight time. Last year, she became the first player on the men's or women's side to capture both the offensive and defensive honors in the same season.

For more information on the AVP postseason awards, go to www.avp.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20071019&contentid=33109.

For more information on the SWATCH-FIVB postseason awards, go to www.fivb.org/en/Infomedia/PressReleaseDB.asp?No=15438&Language=0.
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