If you're looking for someone in the volleyball community who has enjoyed immense success in almost every arena of the sport, then look no further than Liz Masakayan. In her four years playing at UCLA from 1982-1985, Masakayan was a two-time AVCA All-American, a three-time all-conference honoree and the winner of the Honda Broderick Award in 1984 as the nation's premiere collegiate volleyball player. In the 1984 national championship match, Masakayan scored 10 of her team's 15 points in the fifth set to give the Bruins their first ever national title. As for the record books, she ranks No. 1 all-time at UCLA in aces, No. 3 in kills and No. 7 in digs, on her way to being inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame and her No. 21 jersey being retired.
She had continued success with the U.S. National Team from 1986-1990 where she played an instrumental part in winning a bronze medal in 1986 Goodwill Games, silver at the 1987 Zone Championships and another bronze at the Pan Am Games.
After her indoor career ended, Masakayan decided to head outdoors and take her game to the beach. Individually, Masakayan is No. 8 all-time with 47 wins, while also collecting numerous awards during her beach career, including garnering 1994 FIVB Most Outstanding Player accolades.
As great as all of her accomplishments were on the court, it's what she has done off the court that makes her career truly legendary. From 2002 to 2004, she was the USA Volleyball Vice President of the Beach Division before serving as a USAV Board Member for the following two years.
Masakayan first entered the coaching ranks in 1991 at UCLA as a second assistant, and that year the Bruins won another NCAA national title. However, she is currently regarded as one of the top beach coaches around. In 2004, she coached the No. 2 ranked U.S. team of Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs to a bronze medal in the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. She currently coaches her former partner, Dianne DeNecochea and Brittany Hochevar, who, in the second AVP tourney of the 2010 season, reached their first ever championship match.
"Liz is truly representative of the complete volleyball player, as evidenced by her talents both indoors and outdoors, and as achieved championship status at every level," wrote former UCLA head women's volleyball coach and AVCA Hall of Fame member Andy Banachowski in his support letter of Masakayan. "Liz Masakayan is very deserving of inclusion into the AVCA Hall of Fame."