Three former US greats – they all won Olympic medals in 2008 – are part of the 2021 class of the nine-member International Volleyball Hall of Fame that will be presented October 15-16:
– four-time USA indoor volleyball Olympian Logan Tom, the former Stanford star considered by many to be the best American female volleyball player of all time;
– two-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Todd Rogers, now beach coach at Cal Poly;
Three-time indoor Olympian Clay Stanley from the USA was the most valuable athlete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when the Americans won the gold medal.
The class includes three Brazilians. IVHF official press release:
The 35th Induction category includes nine winners: four-time Olympian and two-time gold medalist Young Gavio (Brazil); Four-time Olympian, two-time gold medalist and two-time silver medalist Sergio Dutra Santos (Brazil); Two-time Olympic gold medalist Taizmari Aguero(Cuba / Italy); Six-time Olympian, he won two gold, silver and bronze medals Sergey Tetyukhin (Russia); Three-time Olympic and gold medal winner Clay Stanley (United States of America); Four-time Olympiad and two-time silver medalist Logan Tom (United States of America); Three-time Olympian with a gold, silver and bronze medal Ricardo Santos (Brazil); Three-time Olympic and gold medal winner Todd Rogers (United States of America); Former President of the European Union and Second Executive Vice President of the International Volleyball Federation Andre Mayer (Luxembourg) as captain.
Tom, a four-time AVCA All-American at Stanford and Volleyball Magazine’s 1999 National Player of the Year, has played for various professional teams in her career and is currently coaching the Israel national team.
Rogers played a collegiate role at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was a substitute at the 2004 Olympics with Shawn Scott, won the gold medal in 2008 with Phil Dalhauser, and teamed up with Dalhauser again in 2012.
Stanley came from a volleyball family and his father, John, played on the 1968 United States Olympic team. Stanley played in Hawaii and professionally in Europe. The 2008 Team USA won the gold medal and Stanley was not only the best player, but he was also the top scorer and best server.
There was no extrapolation to the International Volleyball Hall in 2020, so this category is larger than usual. After the 2021 session begins, the auditorium located in Holyoke, Massachusetts, will have 155 members from 25 countries.
“This chapter has taken two years to prepare, and we are excited to be back once again to celebrate the careers and legacy of these nine amazing volunteers,” said George Mullery, IVHF Executive Director.
“This will be a really great introductory celebration in October and I hope volleyball fans from all over the world will make the trip to Holyoke or catch up on the live stream. It will be a very special event.”
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