Norwegian Mol nets FIVB “most outstanding” World Tour status
Anders Mol celebrates in Gstaad
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Christian Sorum, Mol’s partner, was named the FIVB World Tour’s best defensive player and the 22-year old Norwegian finished second in the voting to his Viking teammate in the best offensive and most outstanding player categories. Players from Brazil, Latvia, the Netherlands and Russia are also 2017-2018 recipients of World Tour post-season awards as announced by the FIVB on Monday.
Currently positioned as the top team in the World Tour rankings, Mol and Sorum captured four FIVB medals, eight “elite eight” finishes and 10 top nine placements in 13 international appearances together with $283,500 in winnings. The Norwegians won 41 of 58 matches for a 70.7 winning percentage.
Smedins was named the best setter for the second time after winning the award in 2013 when he was also named the FIVB’s best hitter, best offensive player and sportsperson of the year. Smedins was honoured again in 2014 as the best hitter and best offensive player for the 2015-2016 season.
Most Outstanding Player: Anders Mol
Best Blocker: Anders Mol
Most Improved Player: Anders Mol
Best Offensive Player: Anders Mol
Best Hitter: Alexander Brouwer
Best Defensive Player: Christian Sørum
Best Server: Evandro Gonçalves
Best Setter: Janis Smedins
Most Inspirational: Ricardo
Sportsman: Ricardo and Aleksandrs Samoilovs
Rookie: Igor Velichko
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