Jordan Larson holds the World Grand Prix trophy the United States won in 2015
Colorado Springs, USA, December 15, 2015 - Outside hitter Jordan Larson played a key role in the United States Women's National Volleyball Team producing a 41-6 overall record in 2015 with four tournament titles, including the 2015 edition of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, and a bronze medal.
For her contributions, Larson has been selected as the 2015 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Player of the Year.
"First of all, what an incredible honor," Larson said. "I feel so blessed to not only play on this team, but to play alongside some incredibly talented and giving group of women. Secondly, I couldn't have done it without them. They push me to be the best I can every day."
USA Women's National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said: "One of the things we pride ourselves most on is how we handle adversity, and Jordan personified that for USA in 2015. She worked through some challenges early in the season, then responded ferociously. As the season wore on, she probably did more to make the team and her teammates better than she's ever done before - which is even more impressive considering how long and how hard she's been working for USA."
Larson also enjoyed success with Turkish club Eczacibasi in 2015. She earned most valuable player honours in both the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship and the European Champions League as Eczacibasi captured the title in both events. Larson also won both events in 2014, but with Russia club team Dinamo Kazan.
"For me, I try to take one day at a time," Larson said. "Every day is another opportunity to find a way to be the best. Every time I step on the court, I try to find ways to get better and to help those around me be the best they can be. Again, I have been very blessed and fortunate to play at two of the top clubs in Europe and also with the No. 1 team in the world in Team USA. Playing around great talent makes my job easy."
Coach Kiraly's team now prepare for next month's NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament, when Team USA hosts Canada, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in a four-team round robin from January 7-9 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. The tournament winners earn one of 12 berths into the Rio 2016 Olympic Games next August.
Setter Molly Kreklow was tabbed as the 2015 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Most Improved Player of the Year.
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