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Most Inspirational Player "Judy Bellomo" Award

Judy Bellomo portrays the image upon which the Kansas Volleyball Association bases their selection of the "Most Inspirational Player."  Judy Bellomo, a 23 year old U.S. National Team member, died on January 24,1990 from a rare genetic reaction to anesthesia during a routine operation to remove thyroid cancer.

Bellomo was not a natural.  Hard work and a rare intensity made her into the standout player she had become.  Not heavily recruited out of high school, Judy signed with UNLV.  She became a standout in just a short period of time.  Then, UNLV dropped their volleyball program and Judy transferred to UCSB.  In her senior year, Bellomo was selected as the school's first First Team All American in 1987 and holds UCSB hitting records for season kills and career hitting percentage.

From there Judy played for the Minnesota Monarchs of Major League Volleyball, receiving Rookie of the Year honors.  When the league folded, Bellomo took her talents to the beach, where she made an immediate impact.  But her dream was to be part of an Olympic team and she joined the U.S. National Team.  She was developing into a force there also.  According to Terry Liskevych, U.S. National Team coach, "Judy lit up the gym.  She never thought she could lose to anybody.  She epitomizes a national team player with a willingness to give 100 percent everyday."

This award is presented to the All Star who best demonstrates these qualities.  The Kansas Volleyball Association is proud to honor the spirit of hard work and dedication in memory of Judy Bellomo.


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