Get to Know the Top 6 Women Volleyball Players

Stars of the Sport - Beach and Indoor

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.

Kerri Walsh Jennings
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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. More »

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Misty May-Treanor

Misty May-Treanor
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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.
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Tara Cross-Battle

Tara Cross-Battle
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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.
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Nina Matthies

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.
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Kathy Gregory

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.
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Flo Hyman

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.

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