Despite missing the ultimate stages of the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour due to a muscle injury, Phil Dalhausser got recognized by the international community of players, coaches and referees for his great campaign and received four of the season awards. For a second time in a row and third overall (the first one in 2010 when he won his only World Tour title with Todd Rogers) the 35-year-old American Olympian has been selected as the 2014 Most Outstanding Player.

The Latvians Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins, back-to-back World Tour winners, grabbed the prize for the Team of the Year, as expected. The Europeans finished the last stages practically unchallenged, partially due to Dalhausser’s inability to perform in full health, but have won only the Open event at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The American Tri Bourne was selected as the Top Rookie in his first full season as a professional beach volleyball athlete. The award could’ve been easily received by Youssef Krou as well, in my opinion, as the Frenchman won a total of three medals, including gold at Xiamen, China, in his inaugural professional campaign.

USA’s Ryan Doherty was announced to be the Most Improved Player of the year thanks to his unusually great transition from baseball to beach volleyball, whereas the new European champion Paolo Nicolai from Italy got recognized for his impressive first half of the season by grabbing the Best Offensive Player award.

Most Outstanding
Phil Dalhausser (USA)

Best Blocker
Phil Dalhausser (USA)

Best Defensive Player
Bruno Oscar Schmidt (Brazil)

Best Hitter
Janis Smedins (Latvia)

Best Offensive Player
Paolo Nicolai (Italy)

Best Setter
Phil Dalhausser (USA)

Most Improved Player
Ryan Doherty (USA)

Most Inspirational
Jacob Gibb (USA)

Emanuel Rego (Brazil)

Best Server
Phil Dalhausser (USA)

Top Rookie
Tri Bourne (USA)

Team of the Year
Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins (Latvia)

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