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Karolyn Kirby - Dominates The Tour

Famous Sports StarsVolleyballKarolyn Kirby Biography - All-american Player, Introduced To Beach Volleyball, Dominates The Tour, Olympic Disappointment, Chronology

Dominates the Tour

Teamed with Rock in 1991, Kirby won 12 of 17 tournaments (and finished in the top four in the other five events) with a record of 98-14. Kirby finished the season with 548 points, putting her first in the WPVA standings, a position she would hold for four consecutive years. She was once again named the tour's Most Valuable Player. Kirby led the tour in earnings with $67,815. In 1992 she and Rock partnered for the first 11 events of the season, winning five. Their record of 17 wins in 26 team appearances broke the previous record of 15. Kirby won three out of the final five tour events with Nancy Reno as her partner. For the second year Kirby led the tour in points and earnings, with $65,488.

In 1993 Kirby began a tremendously successful partnership with Liz Masakayan. The two became the top team on the beach, winning a record-tying 12 of 13 WPVA tour events during the year and earning co-MVP honors. Kirby once again finished the season first in points and earnings, with $65,025. She teamed with Masakayan again in 1994, and again the two dominated the sand courts. They won 11 of 13 events, with an astonishing record of 72-3. From 1993 through 1994 they won a record 13 straight WPVA tournaments. Also, between 1992 and 1994 Kirby won five of eight Federation Internationale de Volleyball sponsored-tournaments. For the fourth consecutive year she was ranked first in the standing and in earnings, with her best career take-home of $83,010. She was named MVP for the fourth time of her career. Kirby and Masakayan also played together in the 1994 Goodwill Games, taking the gold medal.

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