Volleyball Alums Enter Hall of Fame
Mike Fitzgerald and Kevin Barnett inducted into local hall of fames for their contributions to the sport of volleyball.
May 29, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Two alumni of the Pepperdine men's volleyball team were honored for their successes in their sport, including Mike Fitzgerald, who led the Waves to the 1985 NCAA Championship title, and two-time All-American Kevin Barnett. Fitzgerald was inducted into the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame, while Barnett was enshrined in the Pierce College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Fitzgerald is a member of the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Tables' 47th annual hall of fame class, which also included a familiar face in Rick Olmstead, who officiates several of Pepperdine's volleyball matches both indoors and on the sand. The seven-member class was officially inducted on May 19.
The San Marcos High School product was the resident utility player for the Waves from 1982-85, serving as a middle blocker, outside hitter and even setter. He led Pepperdine to three-consecutive NCAA Championship finals, including a title run in 1985. With a record of 25-2 that season, Fitzgerald and the 1985 squad still remain arguably the best team in the Waves' storied history.
Barnett was a two-time All-American for the Waves in 1996 and 1997, after the outside hitter got his start at the nearby Pierce College in Woodland Hills. Barnett paced the Waves in kills (575) as a junior, and was a two-year leader in both aces (48, 55) and digs (154, 202).
After leaving Malibu, Barnett suited up in the Red, White and Blue and represented the United States at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, as well as the 2004 Games in Athens. Team USA took fourth in 2004.
Barnett is a member of the third annual Pierce College Athletics Hall of Fame class, which was formally inducted on May 28.