Liz Masakayan, Professional Beach Volleyball Player

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Birth Date

December 31, 1964 (40 years old)

Home Town

Santa Monica, CA

Resides

Los Angeles, CA

Height

5'8"

College

UCLA

Web Site

www.lizmasakayan.com

 

Best Finish

Winnings

Domestic

1st (41 times)

$419,580

International

1st (6 times)

$254,140

Overall

1st (47 times)

$673,720

 

 

Bio Bits


Masakayan has won 47 beach event titles (third most for players from the United States), including a 2001 domestic crown in Santa Barbara with Dianne DeNecochea. Masakayan finished the 2001 season with $46,535 in earnings and four ?final four? finishes in 14 starts. Masakayan and DeNecochea placed ninth in the 2001 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Austria. The pair captured the Bronze Medal in the 2001 FIVB season finale in Brazil as Masakayan announced her retirement from international competition. Masakayan captured the first women's pro beach of the millennium with Elaine Youngs in February 2000 at Vitoria, Brazil. The pair also won the Bronze Medal at the 1999 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Marseille, France. Masakayan teamed with Karolyn Kirby to win a record 26 domestic events and three international events, including the 1994 Goodwill Games. Masakayan was the WPVA's 1992 With 29 pro beach titles together, Masakayan and Kirby rank second to Linda Hanley and Nina Matthies ( 30 domestic titles together). Masakayan was the WPVA's 1992 Most Valuable Player, co-MVP in 1993, Top Defensive Player in 1991 and 1992, and Best Hitter in 1993 and 1994. Masakayan won the Most Inspirational Award in 1995 as she was recovering several knee surgeries. A four-year volleyball letter winner at UCLA (1982-85), Masakayan was a two-time All-American and played on the school's 1984 NCAA championship team. Masakayan was the 1984 Broderick Award winner and UCLA's 1985-86 female Athlete of the Year.

 

 

Awards

 

  • FIVB Tour Champion 1993

  • WPVA Best Defensive Player 1991, 1992

  • WPVA Best Hitter 1993, 1994

  • WPVA Judy Bellomo Memorial (Most Inspirational) 1995

  • WPVA Most Valuable Player 1992, 1993

 

Career Summary

 

Domestic

Year

Assoc

Played

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

Money

Points

1982

P&R

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

$0

 

1983

P&R

4

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

$0

 

1984

P&R

6

1

0

3

1

1

0

0

$0

 

1985

P&R

2

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

$50

 

1986

AVP

2

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

$0

 

1986

P&R

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

$0

 

1987

WPVA

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

3

$450

39

1988

WPVA

3

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

$1,182

42

1989

P&R

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

$1,000

 

1989

WPVA

6

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

$1,488

47

1991

WPVA

17

1

3

3

3

2

0

2

$36,775

352

1992

WPVA

16

5

4

1

3

2

0

1

$56,075

428

1993

WPVA

14

12

0

1

0

0

0

1

$59,575

388

1994

WPVA

13

11

1

1

0

0

0

0

$82,850

492

1995

WPVA

8

3

0

2

1

1

0

1

$23,020

172

1996

WPVA

9

0

3

0

0

4

0

0

$28,763

138

1997

WPVA

7

2

0

1

1

2

0

1

$20,535

168

1999

AVP

4

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

$32,250

 

1999

USAV

3

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

$17,625

391

2000

BVA

3

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

$6,375

152

2000

USAV

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

$6,125

204

2001

AVP

5

1

0

0

1

1

0

2

$19,285

486

2001

BVA

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

$3,250

104

2002

AVP

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

$3,560

332

2003

AVP

9

0

0

1

0

3

0

3

$14,748

971

2005

AVP

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

$4,600

252

Total
(Rank)

 

150
(7th)

41
(7th)

12

17

17

26

0

21

$419,580
(4th)

5,158

 

International

Year

Assoc

Played

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

Money

Points

1993

FIVB

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

$7,500

40

1994

FIVB

5

2

1

2

0

0

0

0

$22,250

107

1995

FIVB

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

1

$18,875

75

1996

FIVB

5

0

0

0

1

2

0

1

$32,500

476

1997

FIVB

4

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

$16,090

360

1998

FIVB

8

0

0

0

0

3

1

1

$26,425

689

1999

FIVB

7

0

1

2

1

2

0

0

$44,000

869

2000

FIVB

12

3

0

0

0

1

0

4

$62,500

1,242

2001

FIVB

7

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

$24,000

604

Total
(Rank)

 

55
(38th)

6
(11th)

4

6

4

10

1

9

$254,140
(16th)

4,462

 

Overall

Total
(Rank)

 

205
(4th)

47
(5th)

16

23

21

36

1

30

$673,720
(8th)

9,620

 

Red denotes ranked 1st

 

 


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