Seven Trojans Named To USA Volleyball's All-Era Team
March 28, 2003
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Seven Trojan men and women headline USA Volleyball's 1978-2002 75th Anniversary All-Era Team, announced the organization on Wednesday. In addition to current Women of Troy assistant coach and former player (1980) Paula Weishoff, USC's honorees include Debbie Green (1976-77), Sue Woodstra (1977), Bryan Ivie (1988-91), Steve Timmons (1980-82), Dusty Dvorak (1977-80) and former coach (1997-2002) and player (1978-80) Pat Powers.
Twelve players were selected to each team as part of the 2002-03 Diamond Jubilee Celebration, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the United States Volleyball Association (USVBA). The Executive Committee of USA Volleyball approved a proposal by long-time USVBA member Glen Davies to honor players and coaches selected as members of five men's and women's All-USVBA/USAV teams representing five different and distinct eras in the history of the organization - three men's (1928-1952; 1953-1977; 1978-2002) and two women's (1949-1977; 1978-2002).
The other women's honorees include Rita Crockett, Tara Cross-Battle, Patty Dowdell, Lori Endicott, Caren Kemner, Elaina Oden, Kim Oden, Danielle Scott and Most Valuable Player Flo Hyman. The men's team also includes Aldis Berzins, Craig Buck, Bob Ctvrtlik, Doug Partie, Eric Sato, Jeff Stork, Marc Waldie and Most Valuable Player Karch Kiraly.
USC's USA Volleyball Women's (1978-2002)
75th Anniversary All-Era Team Selections
In 1995, Debbie Green was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame. Twenty years earlier, in 1975, she began the journey to the Hall of Fame by being named an USVBA Women's Open First-Team All-American, a feat she would duplicate in 1976 and 1977. During her playing career she also won an Open National Championship and was a two-time member of the USA National team. She was the starting setter for the United States team that captured the silver medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and was also a member of the 1980 Olympic team that did not compete due to the boycott. Debbie was a part of two Pan American Game's teams (1979, 1983) and competed in a pair of World Championships, including the bronze-medal winning squad in 1982. In 1986 she was selected as a USVBA All-Time Great Female Player.
In 1998, Paula Weishoff was selected as a USVBA Flo Hyman All-Time Great Female Player and inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame. She was able to gain this recognition through a career that landed her on two USVBA Women's Open First-Team All American lists and one USVBA Women's Open National Championship team. Paula was also a nine-time member of USA National teams, which included three appearances in the Summer Olympics and two appearances each at the Pan Am Games, the World Championships and the World Cup. She earned a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, where she also captured Most Valuable Player honors. Paula was also a member of the 1996 Olympic Team.
In 1993, Sue Woodstra was selected as a USVBA Flo Hyman All-Time Great Female Player. The award seemed only fitting for a four-time USVBA Women's Open First-Team All-American and the 1986 USVBA Women's Open Player of the Year. She also played on three USVBA Women's Open National Championship teams and was a three-time participant in the World Championships and Pan Am Games. Sue earned a silver medal as team captain of the 1984 Olympic Team. She was also a member of the 1980 Olympic Team that did not compete due to the boycott.
USC's USA Volleyball Men's (1978-2002)
75th Anniversary All-Era Team Selections
Dusty Dvorak is another member of the USA's first Olympic Volleyball gold-medal winning team of 1984. In 1977 Dusty was named to the USVBA Male All-Rookie Team and made his first appearance as a USVBA First-Team All-American in 1980, a feat he would repeat the next three years. In 1981 he was the U.S. Open Player of the Year. Dusty also played on gold-medal winning teams at the 1985 World Cup and 1986 World Championships, as well as being a four-time member of a U.S. Open National Championship team. Dusty was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1998 and selected as USVBA's Tom Haine All-Time Great Player honoree in 1999.
Bryan Ivie won the bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics, perhaps the crowning achievement of his great career. He competed in the 1996 Olympics as well, in addition to the 1990 and 1994 World Championships, the 1991 and 1995 World Cups and the 1995 Pan Am Games. Bryan also played on one U.S. Open National Championships team.
Pat Powers was a three-time USVBA First-Team All-American and two-time U.S. Open Player of the Year. However, none of that compared to playing for the first Olympic gold-medal winning team in USA Volleyball history in 1984. He repeated his gold-medal winning feat the next two years, at the 1985 World Cup and the 1986 World Championships. Pat was also a member of the 1979 Pan Am Games team and was an eight-time member of a U.S. Open National Championships team.
Steve Timmons was selected as a USVBA All-Time Great Player in 1996 and inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1998. It should thus come as no surprise that the five-time gold-medal winner should find himself on this USVBA All-Era team. Steve won his first gold medal at the 1984 Olympics and then picked up another at the 1985 World Cup. The following year he was a USVBA First-Team All-American and picked up a third gold medal at the 1986 World Championships. In 1987 he decided to complete his set by adding a gold medal from the 1987 Pan Am Games. In 1988, Steve started the cycle all over again, winning gold at the 1988 Olympics. Steve also played for an U.S. Open National Championships team and picked up one more Olympic medal, a Bronze, in 1992.