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.
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
The FIVB is the International Federation of Volleyball which is the
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.
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.
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.
Having played in 187 pro beach volleyball events Karolyn Kirby ranks
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
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.
Corso has been coaching famous beach volleyball players for a number
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
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.
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.