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Dec 07 Stanley Named Indoor Male Athlete of the Year

Dec. 07, 2010, 6:27 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 7, 2010) – Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawaii) has been named the USA Volleyball Indoor Male Athlete of the Year for 2010 and has been nominated for the United States Olympic Committee SportsMan of the Year.

Stanley, 32, who plays opposite for the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, is a two-time Olympian who won a gold medal and was named the tournament Most Valuable Player at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

In 2010, Stanley was the team’s leading scorer, finishing with 252 points (3.82 points per set) on 191 kills, 28 blocks and 38 aces according to the team’s DataVolley statistics. He also led the United States in kills (2.89 per set, 42.9 kill percentage) and aces (0.5 per set).

“What people don’t know about Clay is that he provides his leadership to the team with his work ethic,” said U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.). “He is ready to work hard all practice long, no matter what we are working on; the same with matches and the same with the weight room.”

Stanley played every set (33) of every match (9) for the United States at the 2010 FIVB World Championship in Italy, where the U.S. Men finished sixth, their best showing since 1994.

The FIVB named Stanley the tournament’s Best Server, crediting him with 23 aces and 36 faults on 155 attempts for an average of 0.70 aces per set.

He was also the United States' leading scorer at the World Championship and sixth overall, finishing with 150 points on 109 kills, 18 blocks and 23 aces. His 18 blocks tied him for the team lead with David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and he was 11th among all blockers with an average of 0.55 blocks per set.

Stanley was also second on the team in digs at the World Championship with 51 and 21 faults in 79 attempts for an average of 1.55 digs per set.

Stanley was also the team’s leading scorer at the 2010 FIVB World League, despite missing the first four matches. Stanley played in 33 sets and finished with 113 points, good enough for 31st among league players. He was also the team leader in points per set with 3.42. His 2.76 kills per set was the team’s second highest and he posted the team-high 91 kills.

He tallied 12 aces (0.24 per set) and 10 stuff blocks (0.24 per set) while also posting 14 digs (0.35 per set).

The U.S. Men finished second in their pool at World League and eighth overall.

Stanley is currently playing for Ural Ufa in the Russian Super League. He joined the U.S. Men’s Team in 2000 after playing collegiately at Hawaii.

USA Volleyball will announce its selections Beach Male Athlete, Beach Female Athlete, Female Paralympic, Male Paralympic Athletes of the Year and Teams of the Year through Dec. 14.

U.S. Women's Natonal Team libero Stacy Sykora was named the USA Volleyball Indoor Female Athlete of the Year for 2010.

USAV Indoor Male Athlete of the Year

2010 – Clay Stanley
2009 – Sean Rooney
2008 – Reid Priddy
2007 – Ryan Millar

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