TUCSON, Ariz. – Former Arizona volleyball All-American Caren Kemner has been named to the 2013 Volleyball Hall of Fame, the organization announced on Thursday. Kemner will be officially inducted on October 18 in Holyoke, Mass., the sport's birthplace.
Along with Kemner, the 28th induction class includes beach volleyball standout Natalie Cook of Australia and men's volleyball player Vyacheslav Zaytsev of Russia.
During her time with the Wildcats, Kemner was a third-team All-American and was also named first-team All-West Coast Athletic Association in 1984. She went on to become a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1988, 1992 and 1996. She was inducted into the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.
Kemner helped the United States capture the bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. She was selected to the "All Spectacular Team" following the 1992 Olympics. Kemner led the United States to its first FIVB World Grand Prix gold medal in 1995. She holds bronze medals from the 1990 FIVB World Championships and the 1986 Goodwill Games. Kemner was honored with the most outstanding player award at the 1991 FIVB World Cup and later selected as the FIVB most valuable player for the 1991 season. Kemner, the 1985 USA Volleyball Female Rookie of the Year, was a six-time recipient of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Female Volleyball Athlete of the Year and a five-time winner of the USA team most valuable player award during her 15 years with the National Team. She was selected to USA Volleyball's 75th Anniversary All-Era Team for the 1978 to 2002 time period.
The induction class is elected via a vote of current Volleyball Hall of Fame inductees. A total of 21 different countries are represented in the Volleyball Hall of Fame with at least one inductee. All told, 115 individuals will have been inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame after this year's enshrinement ceremony.
"The three individual inductees for the 2013 Volleyball Hall of Fame are remarkable athletes who elevated the sport to new levels for the next generation to strive for," said Doug Beal, co-chair of the Volleyball Hall of Fame Selection Committee. "This induction class, with diversity of gender, country and discipline, continues to uphold the highest qualities of the game through its athletes, coaches and leaders. Natalie Cook has been a true ambassador for the sport of beach volleyball through her many accomplishments on the court including participation in five Olympics and her work in developing the sport away from the sand. Vyacheslav Zaytsev was a leader of so many great Soviet Union squads for over two decades, setting the team to numerous gold medals and podium finishes. Caren Kemner distinguished herself as a dominating outside hitter who could attack and play defense equally well for so many years with the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team."
"The International Selection Committee always does a tremendous job identifying truly deserving individuals for enshrinement in the Volleyball Hall of Fame," said George Mulry, executive director of the Volleyball Hall of Fame. "As the Hall continues being internationally focused, we are delighted to showcase the talents of this class and help recognize some of the sport's best players from both genders and disciplines."
The Volleyball Hall of Fame induction festivities include a Mayor's reception on Thursday, Oct. 17, at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, followed by the Ring and Plaque Ceremony inside the Volleyball Hall of Fame from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 18, with the formal Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony taking place the evening of Oct. 18.
The Volleyball Hall of Fame, incorporated in 1978, continues to create a more representative institution with inductees of both genders and disciplines - indoor volleyball and beach volleyball - coming from a wide range of countries.
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