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Mark Williams:
 
Mark Williams
Australia     /  United States  
  
 
Vital Statistics
 

Photo: Ken Delgado
Birth Date January 27, 1979 (38 years old)
Home Town Australia
Resides Australia
Height 6'7"
College UCLA
  Best Finish Winnings
United States 1st (2 times) $236,230
   AVP 1st $176,130
   AVP HWN* 1st (3 times) $20,625
   NVL 1st $13,600
   Pro Beach 3rd $12,250
   Wide Open 2nd $13,625
International 2nd $82,400
   FIVB 2nd $82,400
Overall 1st (2 times) $318,630
 
Bio Bits

Beach Bits:

 Williams has advanced to an AVP semifinal with five of the seven partners with whom he has played multiple tournaments with.
 In the season opener in 2006, Williams and Nick Lucena eliminated Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, giving them a ninth-place finish, their worst ever domestic finish. 


2008: Started the season playing with Aaron Wachtfogel, placing third in their second event together. Then he teamed with Stein Metzger, advancing to the semifinals in their first two events, including one championship. In Boulder in their fifth event together, the duo went undefeated in capturing the first career title for Williams. They played in two more semifinals during the season, and Williams was ninth in the individual event to conclude the year, and he was also ranked ninth on the year in season points. He was second on the tour in blocks per game (2.05) as well as hitting percentage (.458). On the FIVB Tour, the duo played seven events, finishing ninth five times before their last tournament, winning a silver in the Klagenfurt Grand Slam.
2007: Formed a partnership with Casey Jennings in the first half of the season, advancing to the Final Four twice. Then Williams reunited with Lucena for the second half of the year. They had a best of third, and placed fifth in Manhattan Beach. Williams was the 13th-ranked player on tour, and was fourth in blocks per game (1.87).
2006: Played in five tournaments with five different partners, with a best of seventh with Nick Lucena.
2005: Williams paired with Scott Wong, and placed 17th in their first event together, requiring them to play in the qualifier in the next tournament. That event, in Tempe, saw them win three qualifying matches and finish third, which is tied for the best finish by a qualifier on the AVP Tour. In the three-day tournament, the pair played 11 matches. The duo closed the season with another third place finish, and Williams ended as the 17th-ranked player on tour.
2004: Played twice on the AVP Tour, including one time with Prosser. Internationally, Williams and Prosser posted three fifths en route to qualifying for the Athens Olympics. In Athens the duo made it to the bronze medal match, losing to the fifth-seeded team 15-13 in the third set.
2003: Played three AVP events with three different partners. On the FIVB Tour, he represented his native Australia, playing with Julien Prosser in 10 events, with a best of third in Stavanger, Norway.
2002: Played the season with Rosenthal, getting a best of seventh place two times. Williams ended the year ranked 17th in season points.
2001: After graduating, played in five events with four different partners, with a best of fifth with Sean Rosenthal.
1998: Made his pro beach volleyball debut in Hermosa Beach with Larry Witt the summer after his freshman season at UCLA.

Hot Winter Nights: In 2008, Williams played in three Hot Winter Nights events, winning in Oklahoma City and Kansas City. In 2009 he also played in three HWN stops, winning in St. Louis.

Indoor Volleyball: In the summer 1999, while he was still at UCLA, Williams trained with the Australian national indoor team. After switching from outside hitter to libero, he made the Olympic squad, which placed eighth in the Sydney Games.

College: Williams was an outside hitter for four seasons at UCLA (1998-2001). A 2001 first-team All-American, Williams played on the Bruins 1998 and 2000 NCAA championship volleyball teams and he set a UCLA single-season ace mark (63) in 2000.

Personal: Williams was born in Australia, then moved with his family to the U.S. when he was nine. A four-year volleyball letterman at University High in West Los Angeles, he earned All-American honors as a member of the 1996 Junior Olympic Team. Williams earned his AAA beach volleyball rating in the summer of 1996. He was introduced to volleyball by his brother Raoul, who also played for University High.

 
 
Awards
 
  • NVL Best Blocker 2015
 
Career Summary
 
United States
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 25th 33rd 41st
1998 AVP 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0.00     0 0 1 0 0
2001 AVP 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 $3,300.00 288.0 38th 0 3 0 0 0
2002 AVP 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 $6,245.00 507.0 17th 1 0 0 0 0
2003 AVP 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $930.00 130.0 66th 1 1 1 0 0
2004 AVP 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 $1,137.50 43.0 114th 0 1 0 0 0
2005 AVP 13 0 0 2 0 1 3 5 $27,787.50 1,197.0 17th 0 2 0 0 0
2006 AVP 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 $6,175.00 342.0 54th 0 1 0 0 0
2007 AVP 17 0 0 3 0 5 3 4 $49,200.00 1,773.0 13th 2 0 0 0 0
2008 AVP HWN* 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 $11,250.00     0 0 0 0 0
2008 AVP 15 1 1 4 0 3 2 4 $70,675.00 1,918.0 9th 0 0 0 0 0
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 25th 33rd 41st
2009 AVP HWN* 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 $9,375.00     0 0 0 0 0
2009 AVP 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $4,030.00 655.0 51st 1 5 2 0 0
2011 Pro Beach 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 $4,125.00 360.0   0 0 0 0 0
2011 NVL 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 $1,500.00 740.0   0 0 0 0 0
2011 Wide Open 5 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 $13,625.00 0.0   0 0 0 0 0
2012 AVP 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 $2,500.00 475.0 15th 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Pro Beach 4 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 $8,125.00 655.0   0 0 0 0 0
2013 AVP 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 $4,150.00 430.0 41st 0 1 0 0 0
2013 NVL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 $875.00 192.0   0 0 0 0 0
2014 NVL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 $150.00 500.0   0 0 0 0 0
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 25th 33rd 41st
2015 NVL 6 1 0 2 0 1 1 0 $10,225.00 3,170.0   1 0 0 0 0
2016 NVL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 $850.00 420.0   0 0 0 0 0
Total
(Rank)
  109
(93rd)
2
(94th)
2 14 0 17 18 26 $236,230.00
(57th)
13,795.0   6 14 4 0 0
 
International
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 25th 33rd 41st
2003 FIVB 10 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 $20,750.00 517.0 39th 0 4 2 1 1
2004 FIVB 10 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 $30,650.00 756.0 29th 2 1 1 0 0
2008 FIVB 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 $31,000.00 1,060.0 52nd 0 0 0 1 0
Total
(Rank)
  27
(415th)
0 1 1 1 3 1 7 $82,400.00
(205th)
2,333.0   2 5 3 2 1
 
 
 
 
Overall
Total
(Rank)
  136
(117th)
2
(210th)
3 15 1 20 19 33 $318,630.00
(114th)
16,128.0   8 19 7 2 1
 
* AVP Hot Winter Nights events are exhibitions and only count for tournaments played and prize money won.
Red denotes ranked 1st
 
Victory List
 
Victory Date Assoc Location Partner Seed Winnings
1 7/5/2008 AVP Boulder Stein Metzger 3 $12,500
2 7/12/2015 NVL Milwaukee Skyler McCoy 12 $3,500
 

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