Holly McPeak, 2021
She was a California State and CIF Championship setter at Mira Costa HS in the South Bay where her junior and senior year teams went 62-1. She accepted a UC Berkeley scholarship and set the Bears to NCAA Tournament after winning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors. She transferred to UCLA for senior season and led the Bruins to 1990 NCAA title, was selected All-Tournament and made the All-American team. She worked as a Bruin Graduate Asst. for 1991 NCAA title team before turning to one of the best all-time beach careers.
She was a three-time USA Beach Olympian while also working as a TV sports broadcaster for indoor and beach VB for ESPN and Pac-12 Network. Holly competed in the first Olympic Beach Volleyball Games in Atlanta in 1996 and finished fifth. She recorded her second consecutive fifth-place finish at the 2000 Sydney Games, and then reached the podium with a bronze medal finish with her UCLA teammate Elaine Youngs at the 2004 Athens Games. Overall, Holly won a then record 72 career beach titles, including 19 FIVB titles, two FIVB Grand Slam event titles and 53 domestic titles in the USA. In 2002, she became the first woman worldwide to surpass $1 million in career earnings and finished with $1.6 million. The 5-8 McPeak was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2020 she was inducted into the USAV Beach HOF and was the AVCA Beach Coach of the Year.