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Greatest Volleyball Player of All time

Karch Kiraly

Karch Kiraly is debatably the greatest volleyball player in history of the sport. Karch Kiraly has the most professional career beach volleyball tournament victories. He is the only volleyball player to win three gold medals (1984, 1988, and 1996).
Karch Kiraly is known as the sparkplug that inspired the 1984 and 1988 USA Men’s Olympic Volleyball Teams by playing outstanding volleyball and encouraging his teammates to play their best. Wearing his hot pink hat, Karch Kiraly was an easily recognizable figure during his days playing volleyball on the beach.
Logan Tom

Logan Tom is an extraordinary athlete and one of the most dynamic volleyball players in the world. Logan Tom’s remarkable talent has made her one of the most famous volleyball players in the world today.
Logan Tom was a two-time NCAA National Player of the Year. She was MVP of the NCAA Final Four in 2001.
In the Sydney 2000 Olympics, at 19, Logan Tom was the youngest player on the National Team, yet she started for the team and placed fourth.

Misty May Treanor

Misty May-Treanor is possibly the best all-around skilled women’s beach volleyball player ever to play the sport. She is the Current All-Time Wins Leader. Misty May was voted the AVP Most Valuable Player in 2005, 2006, and 2007.  She is currently the winningest Female Beach Volleyball Player of all time.

Misty May holds the world record for consecutive match victories. And she is the one of only three players to be named a two-time AVCA National Player of the Year.

Kerri Walsh

Kerri Walsh currently partners with Misty May Treanor as the best women’s beach volleyball team in the world and likely the two most famous volleyball players. They had an surprising win streak of 38 matches in their first year on the AVP Tour. And they had an unbelievable 89 match win streak on the AVP Tour and the international circuit between 2003 and 2004.
Kerri Walsh is a two-time AVP MVP (2003, 2004) and leaded the AVP in both blocks and hitting percentage the last two AVP seasons.
Steve Timmons

In the 80’s, Steve Timmons wore a wild red flat top that made him the most identifiable indoor volleyball player in the world.
Considered a pioneer of back row hitting, Steve Timmons combined with his outstanding front row attacking skills made him an unstoppable force.
In 1984, Steve Timmons was named MVP of the Olympics by the FIVB after leading USA to a Gold medal.
Paula Weishoff

Paula Weishoff is one of only 4 USA women’s volleyball players to compete in 3 different Olympics. Throughout her career, Paula Weishoff was a dominating blocker and server.         Paula Weishoff won an Outstanding Player award for her performance at the 1992 Olympics.
Ron Von Hagen

Ron Von Hagen is considered the Babe Ruth of beach volleyball. He established standards and set records at a time when beach volleyball was just beginning. He played in 54 tournaments from 1966 to 1972 never finishing lower than third place.

Flo Hyman

Flo Hyman was one of the greatest and most famous volleyball players of her generation. She was named All World and selected as the Most Valuable Player in countless international tournaments, as well as being named to numerous All-Star Teams.
In 1985 she was named one of the All-Time Great Volleyball Players.
Flo Hyman was voted Best Attacker at the Pan-Am Games in 1975, 1979, and 1983, the NORCECA Championships in 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1983, and the World University Games in 1973 and 1977.

Volleyball History

Volleyball was invented by William Morgan in the 1890ies, who at the time was director of Holyoke College in Massachusetts.

Morgan developed the game for businessman’s association for physical exercise. At that time, America had only three popular and wide spread games: baseball, football and basketball. But all of them were brutal, and precipitate games. Morgan wanted a game that is “not as brash or powerful”, but still which would make the Americans heart pumping.


Morgan installed tennis net six feet in height to a gym. He removed the hard shell from an old leather basketball and left only black inner tube, and that was all the necessary equipment. He called the game mintonette. Dr. A. T. Halsted from Springfi College edited the current name of the game to volley (volleyball). “The idea,” he explained, “is that the ball flies over the network and back again, so why not call it volleyball? “