FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Former IPFW men’s volleyball star and United States gold medalist Lloy Ball was recently elected to the Internal Volleyball Hall of Fame, and will be inducted on October 24 along with Brazilians Renan dal Zoto, Helia Roergio de Souza ‘Fofão’, and coach Paulo Roberto “Bebeto” de Freitas.
Ball is the United State male to compete in four Olympic Games for indoor volleyball, winning gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Ball was named the Most Valuable Player and Best Setter during the 2008 FIVB World League Games after helping the United States win the title weeks before the Olympics. Ball earned bronze at the 1994 FIVB World Championship and recently helped Team Pineapple of the Hoosier Region win the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) championship in Detroit.
As an IPFW student-athlete, Ball set the school record for most assists (6526), serving aces (167), while sitting in the top-five in digs (771), total blocks (517), block assists (416), assists per set (14.97),aces per set (0.38), and sets played (436). Additionally, Ball helped the Mastodons reach the NCAA Final Four in 1991, 1992, and 1994.
The induction class is elected via a vote of current Volleyball Hall of Fame inductees. A total of 21 different countries are represented in the Volleyball Hall of Fame with at least one inductee. All told, 125 individuals will have been inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame after this year’s enshrinement ceremony.