Lausanne, Switzerland, December 2, 2016 - A stalwart of the USA team which won bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and silver at this year's FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, outside hitter Jordan Larson-Burbach has been selected for the 2016 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Player of the Year award after also winning the prize in 2015.
“I feel so honoured,” said Larson-Burbach. “These past two years have been both challenging but so rewarding at the same time. I am so thankful to be surrounded with such great teammates, coaches and people who make me and allow me to be the best version of myself every single day. I couldn’t have done this without them. I am so grateful.”
USA coach Karch Kiraly praised Larson-Burbach's capacity to keep adding to her skills.
“The longer one plays this game, the more difficult it is to add new skills and tools, which makes it all the more remarkable that Jordan probably had her best year ever in a USA uniform,” Kiraly said. “Everything she set her mind to improving – her physical power, her already solid leadership and teammateship skills, her offensive efficiency – became reality. All of that, plus her stellar all-around game, helped guide USA to another strong Olympic medal finish.”
A USA Volleyball award also went to middle Rachael Adams, who was tabbed the 2016 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Most Improved Player of the Year.
Adams said: “I had many setbacks during the summer of 2015, and during those moments I was left with a choice to make: to either let the setbacks defeat me or keep pushing, trust my process and hold my vision of where I want to be. One of my favorite quotes says, ‘I am thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn't have stumbled upon my strength.’ These times weren't easy, but they shaped me into the person I needed to be and gave me strength I needed to have in order to be the player I was for my team in Rio.
“So, in short, this award means a lot to me because it represents the journey I've been on, the determination I've had to have to get to where I want to be and that was to be a complete player so I could help the team in any way that I could during the 2016 Olympics. This award makes me extremely thankful for all the support I've had along the way that believed in me and reminded me to working hard and to keep going.”
Read more about the awards on the USA Volleyball website.
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