May 27, 2005
DENVER, Colo. - For the first time in three years, the USA Volleyball All-Time Great Players list added new members as legends Bob Ctvrtlik, Lori Endicott, Caren Kemner and Pat Powers were announced as the 2005 recipients of the award Thursday night.
The announcement was made at the organization's 60th Annual Dorothy C. Boyce Annual Awards and Recognitions Banquet, presented by Molten and co-sponsored by Mizuno at the Adams Mark Hotel.
The All-Time Great Volleyball Player recognition awards are named after two Hall of Fame inductees. The women's award is named in honor of the late Flo Hyman, the star player on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team that did not compete due to the boycott and the silver-medal winning 1984 U.S. Olympic Team. The men's award is named in honor of the late Tom Haine, a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic Team and captain of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team.
Ctvrtlik, the only one of the four honorees able to attend the banquet, is a three-time Olympian and two-time Olympic medalist. Heralded by many as one of the best serve-receivers to have played the sport of volleyball, Ctvrtlik competed in numerous international competitions for the United States, including the 1988 Olympic Games where the U.S. won the gold medal; the 1992 Olympic Games where the U.S. brought home the bronze medal; and the 1996 Olympic Games when he captained Team USA. Named "Outstanding Defensive Player" at the 1986 World Championships and "Outstanding Passer" at the 1988 Olympic Games, Ctvrtlik was captain of the USA volleyball team from 1994-to-1996 and was named USA Volleyball's "Player of the Year" in 1994. In 1995 the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) elected him "Best Player in the World" and he was the only American selected to FIVB's "1995 Men's World Centennial Gala All-Star Team." Ctvrtlik was a collegiate "Player of the Year" and national champion at Pepperdine University in 1985.
Endicott began a stellar eight-year National Team career in 1989 after a record-setting career at the University of Nebraska, and it wasn't long before she began to make a name for herself on the international level. Endicott, a two-time Olympian, was named the "Best Setter" at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona after she guided the Americans to a bronze medal. In 1990 she rebounded from hand surgery the year before, guided Team USA to the bronze medal at the 1990 World Championships in China and was honored with tournament's Fair Play Award. She was also recognized as the "Best Setter" at the 1992 FIVB Super Four, the 1993 World Championship Qualification Tournament in Ankara, Turkey, the 1991 NORCECA Zone Championship, the 1990 World Challenge Cup in Spain and the FIVB Super Four tournament in Japan.
Kemner is a three-time Olympian and a 1992 Olympic bronze medalist. She joined the National Team in 1985 after two short but successful years as a player at the University of Arizona and made an immediate impact on the program. Kemner was a six-time recipient of United States Olympic Committee Female Volleyball Athlete of the Year Award (1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991 and 1992) and a five-time winner of the USA Team Most Valuable Player award. She was selected to the All-Spectacular Team at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona after leading the Americans to the bronze medal with a team-high 127 kills and seven aces. Kemner was tabbed as the 1991 FIVB Most Valuable Player and as the Most Outstanding Player at the 1991 World Cup. She was nominated for the 1990 and 1991 Sullivan Award, presented annually to the outstanding amateur athlete in the country.
The 6-foot-5 Powers is regarded as one of the greatest players in international volleyball history in both the indoor game and the beach game. He was a member of the USA Men's National Team for nine years (1978-86), starting at opposite hitter on a squad that won America's first-ever volleyball "Triple Crown": the 1984 Olympics, the 1985 World Cup and the 1986 World Championships. He also spent 15 years (1982-96) playing on the Association of Volleyball Professionals beach tour, winning 13 tourneys and more than $500,000 to rank in the career top 30 in both categories. Powers was voted the AVP's "Best Blocker" and "Best Spiker" in 1988 and ranked third on the money list in 1992. He won the 1988 World Beach Championships, making him one of just three players to win an indoor and outdoor world championship. Powers was a two-time national champion and All-American at USC.