» » Lloy Ball

Lloy Ball

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and Licensed under CC-BY-SA

Lloy James Ball

Personal information
Full name: Lloy James Ball
Nationality: American
Born: February 17, 1972
Birth Place: Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
Hometown: Woodburn, Indiana, U.S.
Height: 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight: 95 kg (209 lb)
College(s): IPFW

Parents: Arnie Ball

Official Website: Teampineapple
Volleyball information
Position: Setter
Career
Years        Teams
1996–1999  Toray Arrows
2000–2004  Casa Modena
2004–2006  Iraklis Thessaloniki
2006–2011  Zenit Kazan
2011–2012  Ural Ufa
National team
1993–2008: United States (398)
Medal record
Men's volleyball
Representing United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing
World Championship
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Greece
NORCECA Championship
Gold medal – first place 2007 Anaheim
World League
Gold medal – first place 2008 Rio de Janeiro
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 1995 Mar del Plata
Last updated: 29 December 2017

Lloy James Ball (born February 17, 1972, in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is an American volleyball player, a member of American national team in 1993–2008, a participant of the Olympic Games (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004) and gold medalist of Olympics Beijing 2008, gold medalist of the NORCECA Championship 2007 and World League 2008, silver medalist of the Pan American 1995, bronze medalist of the World Championship 1994 and 2015 inductee to the International Hall of Game. When not on the court actively playing the game, Ball operates Team Pineapple, a volleyball clinic that also features his father, Arnie Ball.

Personal life
Ball grew up in Woodburn, Indiana, where he attended Woodlan High School. Because Ball grew up in a state that did not sanction varsity competition in boys' volleyball, he only played competitively during the summer. He made his first breakthrough at age 15 by getting an automatic position on the 1987 Olympic Festival. Ball also played basketball and was recruited by Bobby Knight to play the game at Indiana University. Ball currently resides in Angola, Indiana, with his wife, son and daughter.

IPFW
Ball attended Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) from 1991–1995 and played volleyball there for his father, Arnie Ball. In his freshman season, he was named Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year as he recorded 1,421 assists to go along with 171 digs, 113 blocks and 164 kills on the year. In his sophomore season, he was an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Second Team All-American and also broke the school record for single season assists (2,047).

In his junior year, he was repeated as a Second Team All-American and was the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Player of the Year and recorded a career high 106 assists vs. Ball State. He ranked among the top 20 in the nation in hitting percentage and aces per game. In 1994, he was a First Team All-American and repeated as the MIVA Player of the Year. He led IPFW to the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship semifinals, before suffering a broken hand prior to the match.

In 2006, Ball was inducted into the IPFW Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class.

National team
International
Ball competed at the 1991 (silver) and 1993 World University Games. He was also on the national team that won the silver medal at the 1995 Pan American Games. Ball was selected for the USA national team in May 1994 after concluding a stellar collegiate career at IPFW.

Ball represented the U.S. men's volleyball team at the 2007 FIVB Men's World Cup, helping the team to finish fourth. At the 2008 FIVB World League, Ball led the U.S. men to its first ever World League title, by defeating Serbia in the final. Ball was named the "Best Setter" and Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Olympics
Ball made his Olympic debut at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where Team USA finished in ninth place tie with South Korea, after having claimed the bronze medal two years earlier at the World Championships. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Ball started but the USA had a disappointing tournament, not winning a match and finishing with an 11th place tie with Egypt.

At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Ball led Team USA to the semifinals, where they lost to eventual gold medalist Brazil. They earned their way to the bronze medal match, but were swept by Russia to come down to a fourth-place finish. Despite not getting a medal, it was the best Olympic finish for the men since they won the bronze medal in 1992.

With his selection to the 2008 Olympic squad, Ball became the first male volleyball player from the United States to compete in four Olympics. After leading Team USA past Russia in 5 sets at the 2008 Summer Olympics semifinals in Beijing, China, Ball led Team USA to the gold medal by defeating World No. 1 Brazil in four sets. During the tournament, the U.S. never lost a match, going undefeated at 8–0.

Professional
With the professional club Iraklis Thessaloniki, he won two silver medals at the 2004–05 and 2005–06 CEV Champions League. In 2004-05 he was also awarded "Best Setter".

With the professional club VC Zenit Kazan he won a gold medal at the 2007–08 CEV Champions League and a third silver medal at the 2010–11 CEV Champions League, along with a second "Best Setter" award. On April 11, 2011, Ball announced he would be retiring at the end of VC Zenit Kazan's season during an interview on The Net Live radio talkshow.

Awards
Individuals
2010–11 CEV Champions League "Best Setter"
2008 FIVB World League "Best Setter"'
2008 FIVB World League "Most Valuable Player"'
2007 NORCECA Championship "Best Setter"
2007 NORCECA Championship "Most Valuable Player"
Inducted into IPFW Athletics Hall of Fame (2006, the inaugural class)
2004–05 CEV Champions League "Best Setter"
2003 NORCECA Championship "Best Setter"
1999 FIVB World Cup "Best Setter"
Clubs
2010–11 CEV Champions League – Runner-up, with Zenit Kazan
2007–08 CEV Champions League – Champion, with Zenit Kazan
2005–06 CEV Champions League – Runner-up, with Iraklis Thessaloniki
2004–05 CEV Champions League – Runner-up, with Iraklis Thessaloniki
2002–03 CEV Champions League – Runner-up, with Pallavolo Modena

Lloy Ball Official Social Network Page/Account
Official Instagram PageN/A
Official facebook PageN/A
Official Twitter Pageltper
Wikipedia PageLloy_Ball

Lloy Ball wiki, Information of Lloy Ball, Lloy Ball Profile, Lloy Ball Age, Lloy Ball Real Life Family, Lloy Ball Date Of birth, Lloy Ball Birth Place, Lloy Ball Personal Life, Lloy Ball Biodata, Lloy Ball on Social networks, Lloy Ball (@)Instagram Profile/account, Lloy Ball (@) Facebook Profile/page, Lloy Ball (@ltper) twitter Profile/account, Lloy Ball (@Lloy_Ball) wikipedia page, Lloy Ball Lifestyle, Lloy Ball DOB, Biography of Lloy Ball, Lloy Ball family background/ mother/ father/ brother/ sister’s name, Lloy Ball Birthday.

Categories: 1972 births,American men's volleyball players,Olympic gold medalists for the United States in volleyball,Volleyball players at the 1996 Summer Olympics,Volleyball players at the 2000 Summer Olympics,Volleyball players at the 2004 Summer Olympics,Volleyball players at the 2008 Summer Olympics,Olympic volleyball players of the United States,Sportspeople from Fort Wayne, Indiana,Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons men's volleyball players,Medalists at the 2008 Summer Olympics,People from Allen County, Indiana,People from Angola, Indiana,Iraklis V.C. players,Pan American Games silver medalists for the United States,Pan American Games medalists in volleyball,Volleyball players from Indiana,Ural Ufa volleyball players,Competitors at the 1995 Pan American Games

Comments: