Famous Beach Volleyball Players Profiles

Bio Information on Famous Female Beach Players

Famous Beach Volleyball Players: Liz Masakayan

Among the most famous beach volleyball players in the sport, Liz

Masakayan was one of the top female beach players named to the USA

All ERA Beach Volleyball Team from 1998 to 2003.

According to USA Volleyball.org with her partner Karolyn Kirby, the two

beach players compiled 29 titles which ranks them third on the all time

women's beach volleyball team title list.

Liz also won pro beach titles with five other players: nine with Elaine

Youngs; six with Linda Chisholm; one with Dianne DeNecochea; one with

Bev Lidyoff; and one with Anna Prousalis.

Beach Volleyball Accomplishments: Liz Masakayan

One of the most competitive players in American beach volleyball

history,  Liz was voted by the players on the Women's Pro Beach

Volleyball Association, the first professional beach tour in the United

States exclusively for women, as the Most Valuable Player in 1992 and

was the co-winner in 1993.

In that same time period, the players recognized Liz's

formidable defensive talents and selected her as the winner of the 1991

and 1992  "Top Defensive Player".

In 1993 and 1994 she was voted as "Best Hitter" and was selected

as the Most Inspirational volleyball player in 1995 when she was

recovering from her fifth of six knee surgeries.

The "WPVA" stands for the Women's Professional Volleyball Association

which was founded by Nina Matthies in 1982, by the current and

longstanding Pepperdine University head women's volleyball coach. This

was the very first pro beach volleyball tour for women in the US.

The "AVP" is the Association of Volleyball Professionals the first and

most recognizable American pro beach volleyball tour in the United


Originally an all men's tour, which began in 1983 the AVP started

recruiting female players from the WPVA in order to include a small

number of female players as a showcase event to the tour in 1993.

From 1999 on, a full female tournament became a regular part of the

AVP tour.

The FIVB is the International Federation of Volleyball which is the

international governing body for beach, indoor and grass volleyball.

Among the many international events it sponsors or organizes in

association with the International Olympic Committee, the FIVB

produces the beach volleyball world tour sponsored by SWATCH.

Check out the "short" list of accomplishments Liz has achieved playing in

her beach volleyball career.

WPVA Best Defensive Player 1991 and 1992,

WPVA Best Hitter 1993 and 1994,

WPVA Most Inspirational Player 1995 (because of her numerous knee injuries),

WPVA Most Valuable Player 1992 and 1993,

WVPA World Champion 1991,

WPVA winner of 5 tournaments 1992,

FIVB Winner of the World Beach Series 1993,

FIVB World's Most Outstanding Player of the Year 1994,

FIVB World Champion 1994, Goodwill Games Gold Medal Winner 1994,

WPVA U.S. Shootout Champion 1995, WPVA U.S. Open Champion 1995,

WPVA Best of the Beach Champion 1997,

FIVB World Championships Bronze Medal Winner 1999,

FIVB Brazil, Portugal, and China Open Champions 2000, and

AVP Santa Barbara Champion 2001.

Liz Masakayan Indoor Volleyball Player

Before embarking on her illustrious beach career, Liz Masakayan was a

USA National Volleyball Team member for five years.

In 1988, in her first indoor Olympics in Seoul Korea, Liz was one

of  the starting outside hitters.

Famous Beach Volleyball Players: Karolyn Kirby

Karolyn Kirby has been one of the most famous women volleyball players

the US has produced.

Before Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh started their infamous winning

streak, Karolyn Kirby held the record for winning the most event titles

(67) than any other woman on the pro beach volleyball circuits.

Beach Volleyball Accomplishments: Karolyn Kirby

Having played in 187 pro beach volleyball events Karolyn Kirby ranks

sixth overall.

Karolyn Kirby became famous after winning 61 domestic and six

international titles. In her career, she posted 115 podium placements

and 124 "final four" appearances.

Kirby was among the select group of women volleyball players chosen to

the All-ERA Beach Team 1998- 2003.

To list just a few of the other beach volleyball titles Kirby has won


Kirby is a three-time WPVA Most Valuable Player in 1990, 1991 and

1994, and was a co-MVP in 1993.

She was voted the Top Offensive Beach Volleyball Player in 1990, and

was selected as the Best Volleyball Setter for six years while playing for

the WPVA and AVP. She was voted as the league's Best Hitter in 1992.

According to the Beach Volleyball Database Karolyn Kirby has

accomplished the following:

CBVA Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame 2006

Volleyball Hall of Fame 2004

Two- time FIVB Tour Champion 1992 (Nancy Reno), 1993 (Liz Masakayan)

WPVA Best Hitter 1992

WPVA Best Offensive Player 1990

WPVA Best Setter 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997

WPVA Most Valuable Player 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994

Like myself, Karolyn Kirby was coached and mentored by other famous

female volleyball player legends, namely Marilyn McReavy and most

notably two-time Olympian and volleyball legend Mary Jo Peppler.

The three of us played together on the New York Liberties team, when

the very first indoor professional women's volleyball league called Major

League Volleyball was formed in the United States.

Karolyn was an exceptional all-around player but was especially known

for her setting ability.

Famous Beach Volleyball Players: Danalee Bragado Corso

The first Florida State University sand volleyball coach Danalee Bragado

Corso has been coaching famous beach volleyball players for a number

of years.

Several of her most well-known teams were the successful pairing of

AVP beach players Suzanne Stonebarger and Michelle More, in addition

to US National Beach Volleyball team members Rachel Wacholder

and Tyra Turner and 2008 Olympian Nicole Branagh.

Before arriving at Florida, Danalee coached a USA World University team

and twelve coed members of the USA Junior National Volleyball team.

Florida State hired Danalee as the first full time collegiate sand volleyball

coach in the country in 2011.

Immediately her sand team registered some of the country's first sand

volleyball victories  going 15-0 and a 72-3 overall record in doubles dual


The Seminoles won team titles in four sand volleyball contests: the

Fiesta at Siesta Key, the Clash of Collegians, the Florida State

University Sand Tournament and the University of North Florida


The 'Noles won six pairs championships during the 2011 season and her

top teams reached the semifinals and quarterfinals of the premiere

Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships hosted by the

American Collegiate Volleyball Coaches Association in Alabama.

While coaching at Florida State, Danalee, assisted by her husband Brian

has produced three sand volleyball All Americans so far.

As one of the younger female beach players on the pro circuit,

Bragado earned $25,250 in 14 events in 2001.

She earned two FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour "challenger" Silver

Medal finishes with beach players Ali Wood (Greece) and Lia Young


Bragado had her best season on the FIVB Tour in 2001 with $18,950 in


Bragado and Wood placed fifth in the 2001 FIVB Beach Volleyball World

Championships in Austria.

Bragado teamed with Pat Keller to finish second in a 1996 FIVB Beach

Volleyball World Tour event in Japan where they dropped the finals to

Australian female beach players Natalie Cook and Kerri Pottharst of


For nine years, Bragado-Corso was ranked in the top 10 in the US, and

was ranked as high as 15th on the FIVB tour.

Famous Beach Volleyball Players: Angela Rock

Of all the famous beach volleyball players in the US, Angela Rock was

most well-known for having a tough serve.

Since the volleyball serve is the first opportunity for a player to score a

point, Angela was prolific at scoring five or six points right off the bat at

the beginning of a match, which forced the players on opposing teams

to always have to play catch up.

Angela deserved the prestigious honor of being one of the famous

female volleyball players named to the US All-Era Beach Volleyball Team

in 1998 - 2003.

Angela Rock was one of the top servers of all time in women's pro

beach volleyball history.

Along side Karolyn Kirby and Liz Masakayan, Angela Rock ranks

among the all-time leaders among players in the most beach volleyball

tournaments played (168), winning titles (27) and money earned


During her career, Angela stepped up on the podium 81 times and she

made and 104 "final four" appearances.

Rock captured pro beach titles with five volleyball players including 18

with Karolyn Kirby; four with Nancy Reno; three with Linda Hanley; one

with Jackie Silva; and one with Holly McPeak.

Rock won the WPVA's Ace Awards for being one of the top servers in

1992, 1995 and 1996.

Among the volleyball players on the WPVA tour she was voted as the

tour's Top Hitter in 1991.

Rock was one of the American players who played on the US Olympic

team in the 1988 Seoul Games.

Now a volleyball coach, Angela Rock, has coached other famous beach

volleyball players like supermoms Diane DeNocochea and Tammy Liley

Leibl, among others.

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