Rooney Wins NORCECA Continental Championship Gold with Team USA
Sept. 29, 2013
LANGLEY, B.C., Canada – Pepperdine men’s volleyball alum Sean Rooney, a four-time AVCA All-American for the Waves from 2002-05, won a gold medal with the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2013 NORCECA Continental Championship Saturday night inside the Langley Events Centre. Team USA defeated Canada, which included fellow alum Fred Winters, 25-23, 25-20, 25-14.
Rooney served as Team Captain for the squad, which stormed through the tournament with an untainted 4-0 record. The men in the Red, White and Blue shut out St. Lucia and Dominican Republic in pool play before earning a 3-1 decision against Puerto Rico in the semifinals.
With the NORCECA Continental Championship victory, Team USA has qualified for the FIVB Grand Champions Cup in November in Japan. Canada (3-1) won the silver medal and Cuba (4-1) took the bronze.
The NORCECA Continental Championship is a biannual event. Beginning in 1969, the United States’ medal count now stands at eight gold medals, 10 silver medals and four bronze medals. Cuba, who Canada upset with a 3-0 sweep in the semifinals, has taken home the most gold medals with 15.
Canada tied its best finish ever with its fifth silver medal in 2013.
Rooney was an outside hitter for the Waves from 2002-05 and a two-time Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year as a junior and senior. The Waves advanced to the NCAA Championship three of Rooney’s four seasons in Malibu. In 2005, Pepperdine won its fifth and most recent NCAA Title with a 3-2 win over UCLA inside Pauley Pavilion.
Winters, who was coincidentally Team Captain for the Canadian squad, was an outside hitter for the Waves from 2001-04. He was a two-time AVCA All-American and three-time All-MPSF performer.
Together, Winters and Rooney marched Pepperdine to the NCAA Championship final before falling to Hawaii 3-1 (title later vacated).
On Pepperdine’s all-time lists, Rooney ranks fourth with 2,007 career kills, followed by Winters in eighth behind 1,525 kills.
The women’s national team also handily won the NORCECA Continental Championship last week in Omaha, Neb. The team, which included three-time AVCA All-American and alumna Kim Hill, shut out Mexico, Cuba and Canada before defeating Dominican Republic 3-1 in the finals.