Hunt to Lead Team USA at NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament
Men's volleyball alum Sean Rooney selected to men's squad that will compete in qualifier.
May 13, 2014
USAVolleyball.org contributed to this release
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine men’s volleyball assistant coach David Hunt will lead the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team this weekend at the NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Volleyball announced today. Team USA enters the tournament ranked second in the world.
Pepperdine men's volleyball alum Sean Rooney can also be seen in action in Colorado Springs at the qualifier, and was selected as an outside hitter on the U.S. Men's National Team.
Hunt, who just completed his eighth season with the Waves, will serve as the head coach of this weekend’s team as Karch Kiraly – the women’s national team head coach for this Olympic cycle -- remains in Anaheim training the rest of the squad in preparation for the Montreux Volley Masters (May 25-June 2) and the Pan American Cup (June 10-21). Hunt recently served one season as the assistant coach for Japan’s Men’s National Volleyball Team. He will be assisted by Nicole Lawlor (Volleyball Pensacola) and Lindsey Devine (head coach at East Tennessee State University). Jesse Tupac (Iowa State University) will serve as the technical coordinator.
“I’m really excited for this USA team – they put in the mindful effort during training earlier this year, and earned the right to represent our country at the World Championship Qualifier in Colorado Springs,” Kiraly said. “During the eight weeks of the training block, the primary focus was on learning, and this group did a really strong job in that department. It will be great to see that in action with our resident coach David Hunt at the helm this week, against NORCECA zone competition.”
Hunt’s 12-player roster includes a few familiar faces from across the West Coast Conference, including the league’s 2013 Player of the Year Chloe Ferrari of San Diego and All-WCC first team pick Kathleen Luft out of Loyola Marymount.
Team USA opens pool play inside the U.S. Olympic Training Center on Thursday, May 15 against Guatemala, followed Panama on May 16 and Honduras on May 17. All three matches are set to start at 1 p.m. (PT) The medal round matches take place on May 18. The tournament winner advances to the FIVB Women’s World Championship. This year’s World Championship will be contested in numerous cities in Italy on Sept. 23-Oct.12.
Hunt has lent his coaching expertise to USA Volleyball on numerous occasions throughout the years. During the summer of 2012, he was an assistant coach for the U.S. Boys’ Youth National team that won a bronze medal at the NORCECA Continental Championship. In the summer of 2011, he worked as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's Junior National Team that competed at the FIVB World Championships in Brazil. The squad earned its highest-ever finish with a fourth-place showing.
All matches will be video streamed live and available on the event landing page by clicking here.
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