Tops: Oakley’s Juliana Silva Named FIVB Most Outstanding Player, Top Offensive Player and Blocker
We don’t know how to say “sweep” in Portuguese. So we’ll settle for the word “domination.”
Oakley’s Brazilian Bomber Juliana Silva gobbled up all the major accolades for the 2010 FIVB season, as league representatives, players, coaches, referees and officials on the international beach volleyball circuit named her “Most Outstanding Player,” “Top Blocker,” and “Top Offensive Player.” All while rockin’ her Oakley Enduring shades. Wheew!
Her Most Outstanding Player recognition marks the second straight year that she landed the title – a perfect compliment to her team’s (with Larissa Franca) top honoree status after capturing their fifth tour team championship in the last six seasons.
But her current triumphs aren’t being taken for granted. You can bet on that. The past few years have seen Juliana endure a spell of misfortune and frustration. She missed the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 after tearing her ACL in her knee a mere month before the games. And if that wasn’t bad enough, last off-season, she was involved in a serious car accident that left her in the hospital for several days. But like the warrior that she is, she more than overcame.
Rebounding big time from hard times, Juliana and her partner racked up seven gold medals in 2010 after winning eight events in 2009. And that all served as a follow-up to the two Brazilians’ overall success together. After forming their partnership in 2004, Juliana and Larissa hold the FIVB record for team gold medals with 36 titles in 84 FIVB events with 66 podium placements and 70 “final four” finishes. So in short, the two have been kickin’ arse and takin’ names in the sand across the globe. Watch out for them as they charge toward the 2012 Olympics in London as favorites.
A huge congratulations to Juliana for her awesome accomplishments this season and throughout yet career thus far.