We locked our panel of volleyball experts in a dark room and told them they couldn’t come out until they slide a list of the Top 20 women’s players for 2015 under the door.
After a few sleepless nights they emerged with the inaugural ‘Volleyverse Women’s Top 20’. Did your favourite player make the cut? Which superstars were left out? And do you agree with our nomination for Player of the Year?
Check out our list of last year’s top women’s players & don’t forget to cast your vote for your Player Of The Year below the list
20 / 20: Brankica Mihajlovic
Mihailovic had a breakout year in 2015. She was the leader of the Serbian national team as they finished runners-up at the FIVB women’s World Cup, winning the best outside/wing spiker of the tournament. The wing spiker also played a key role as Serbia claimed the bronze medal at the European Championship. Now with European powerhouse Fenerbahce Grundig, the sky is the limit for this 24-year-old.
19 / 20 : Foluke Akinradewo
Since the beginning of the last Olympic cycle, Akinradewo has been seen as one of the best middles in the world. Year after year, this fast, smart player is a model of consistency and quality for both her club (Swiss Volero Zurich) and Team USA. The 2015 season was no different for this outstanding player.
18 / 20 : Maret Balkestein-Grothues
The Netherlands captain made a successful return from an achilles injury in 2015, proving she remains a world-class player and has plenty more to give to the sport at age 27.
17 / 20 : Maja Poljak
The Croatian veteran remains a powerful force at age 32. She had a solid campaign in 2015 and remains a key figure for Turkish heavyweights Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul.
16 / 20 : Milena Rasic
The towering middle blocker was a big part of Serbia’s success in 2015 as they picked up the silver medal at the FIVB Women's World Cup and bronze at EuroVolley.
15 / 20 : Lonneke Sloetjes
This Dutch sensation has simply subbed in twice Olympic champion Brazil’s Sheilla Castro on their club, VakifBank Istanbul. Before that, Sloetjes led the Netherlands to a silver medal at the 2015 European Championship. Quite a season for this opposite who recently turned 25.
[tps_title]14 / 20 : Silvija Popovic[/tps_title]
It was a busy year for this classy libero. She remains a member of Serbia’s squad but her highlight came in the 2015 FIVB Women’s World Club Championship where she won Best Libero for her Swiss club Volero Zurich.