Sean Rooney Named 2004 Asics/Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year
July 6, 2004
MALIBU, Calif. -- Asics and Volleyball Magazine has named Pepperdine outside hitter Sean Rooney as the Division I National Player of the Year. Rooney, a junior from Wheaton, Ill., earned the title after hitting .409 percent on the year. His fellow teammate, senior Fred Winters, garnered first team All-American honors as well as 12 other volleyball players from across the country.
"I've been on some very good teams all three years I've been here," said Rooney in an interview to the magazine that hit newsstands this week. "When you have good teammates, that's what opens up all of the opportunities. This team works hard to pass the ball and our setter works hard to get you good sets. It's all one big cycle."
"Rooney is the best amateur player in the country," said legendary UCLA coach Al Scates. "We beat Pepperdine six straight games (in the regular season), but we weren't able to slow him down."
Rooney's numbers have been nothing short of impressive the last three seasons. In 2002 as a freshman, he hit .378 percent. In 2003, he pitched in a .354 performance and this season he climbed to a respectable .409 mark.
The Waves have gone 72-20 during Rooney's three years at Pepperdine.
To read more about the 2004 Asics/Magazine Player of the Year, pick up a July 2004 Volleyball Magazine issue.