Carli Lloyd named USA Volleyball’s female player of the year
Carli Lloyd was named USA Volleyball's female player of the year
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“I feel thankful and extremely honoured to receive this recognition,” Lloyd told the USA Volleyball website. “To be selected means that my efforts this summer positively affected my team and the USA programme and this is a great focus of mine on a daily basis.
“I strive to bring the best version of myself each day with hopes that it can make those around me better as well. I love this sport, I love to compete and I still have goals that I am striving to reach with this USA team. Receiving this award shows me that I am on the right track and that there is more work to be done.”
Lloyd took on a leadership role in the USA women’s national team as captain and delivered success on the court that rewarded them with a bronze medal finish in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She also helped a young and dynamic squad grow with some team-mates in their first year of an Olympic cycle.
“Through our 2017 summer competitions, line-ups, opponents and countries changed, but one thing stayed constant – Carli Lloyd,” USA women’s national team coach Karch Kiraly said. “She led a new group through real adversity to a series of tough wins during the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, battling the world’s best.”
Lloyd battled through injuries at the season-ending FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Grand Champions Cup to help USA finish with the bronze.
“She faced even greater adversity with an injury in the World Grand Champions Cup, yet from start to finish, Carli maintained a relentless devotion to making people around her better and helped USA to a strong start in the new Olympic quad,” Kiraly added.
Lloyd opted out of her professional league contract and returned to the United States to have surgery on her injured shoulder, following the World Grand Champions Cup. She was recently able to get back on the practice court and train at full speed.
“My shoulder feels great,” Lloyd said. “As of two weeks ago I was cleared to full practice on the court, including blocking and diving to the floor on defence, which is the move my shoulder was dislocated in. The rehab and strength work I have been doing has been moving along nicely.”
Lloyd’s time away from the court has allowed her to reflect and channel toward new goals.
“I am really invested in finding the best version of myself, both on and off of the court,” Lloyd said. “These last few months out of competition have forced me to turn inwards and find new goals for when I am with a team again.
“I have gone through each skill with Karch on video and we have narrowed my focus down to a few key points that we believe will help me continue my growth as a player. I am exercising my patience muscle and hoping that sooner than later I will be out there competing again.”
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