In volleyball's 100+ year history there have been many amazing American athletes who have made an impact on the game. Here are the profiles of just a few. The list will continue to grow with time as I will add new names each month.
Kerri Walsh Jennings is one of the greatest women's volleyball players in the history of the sport. She played indoor volleyball at Stanford but later moved to the beach game. She is a four-time Olympian and three-time gold medalist. She and her long-time partner Misty May-Treanor made history with their winning streaks and their success on the domestic and international stages.
Misty May-Treanor is one of the greatest women's volleyball players in the history of the sport. She played indoor volleyball at Long Beach State but later moved to the beach game. She is a four-time Olympian and three-time gold medalist. She and her long-time partner Kerri Walsh Jennings made history with their winning streaks and their success on the domestic and international stages.
Tara Cross-Battle is one of only a few four-time Olympians in indoor volleyball. She played the outside hitter position for Team USA and was one of the best players in the world. Tara was known for her all-around skills as a good passer who was responsible for a large part of the serve receive formation and of course as a world-class hitter who was an enormous part of the offense for the Americans. She was a member of the bronze medal winning USA women’s team at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
Logan Tom is a four-time Olympian at the Outside Hitter Position. At age 19, Logan became the youngest woman ever to be selected for an Olympic team when she made the 2000 Games in Sydney. She is a skilled all-around player who brings stability to the American serve receive and defense while also providing the team with a solid attack and block at the net.
Debbie Green is one of the best setters in American volleyball history. She led the U.S. women to a silver medal at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. She was also a member of the 1980 Olympic team but was not allowed to compete due to the American boycott of the Moscow Games.
Rita Crockett is known as one of the best all-around players in women's volleyball history. She played outside hitter and led the American team to its first Olympic gold medal. She went on to have a successful career on the beach and indoor playing professionally both in the U.S. and abroad. She is a member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame.
Nina Matthies is one of the winningest female beach volleyball players of all-time. She is also largely responsible for the start of the first women’s professional beach volleyball tour, the WPVA. For 30 years she has been the head coach of the women’s indoor team at Pepperdine University and she also coaches the women’s sand team there.
Kathy Gregory had one of the longest and most successful careers in women's beach volleyball history. Over nearly 30 years, Kathy competed at the highest levels and became the senior most woman ever to earn a AAA rating, the highest player rating. Kathy coaches the women's program at UC Santa Barbara and has logged over 800 wins in her 30 years there.
Flo was best known for her powerful attacks and her graceful leadership by example. She joined the national team in 1974. The team failed to qualify in 1976 and USA boycotted the 1980 Olympics. Flo and her teammates did get a chance to compete in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and won the silver medal, the first Olympic medal ever for women's volleyball.