Feb. 8, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- After being honored as Mizzou volleyball's All-Decade honoree two weeks ago, former Tiger setter Lindsey Hunter was named Mizzou Women's Athlete of the Decade for her contributions to the program and the university from 2002 through the record-setting 2005 season. Hunter earned 42.7-percent of the total fan vote as she topped some of the most recognizable names in Mizzou women's athletics history. Football standout Brad Smith claimed the men's Athlete of the Decade award with 27.5-percent of the votes.
"Being named the Female Athlete of the Decade is a tremendous honor for me," said Hunter. "I feel extremely blessed to have ongoing support from each and every person in my life, especially from everyone here at Mizzou along with the Columbia community."
Hunter is Mizzou's all-time leader in total assists with 6,907 during her four-year career and she also holds the school's single-season record with 1,690 helpers during the 2002 season; she also holds three of the top four single-season assist marks in program history. Hunter had 21 matches with 60 or more assists during her career - the next closest Tiger finished her career with nine such matches. Hunter was a First Team All-American in 2004, a three-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree and an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection in 2002.
What is even more impressive than her individual accomplishments is what she was able to help the Mizzou volleyball program achieve during her tenure in Black & Gold. She guided the team to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, three 20-win seasons, three third-place Big 12 finishes and helped guide the 2005 team within two sets from the program's first-ever Final Four appearance. During her four years at setter, Mizzou compiled a 90-33 overall record. The 90 wins were the second-most in a four-year span at Mizzou, trailing only the 1980-83 program which posted 97 wins. What is impressive about that is that from 1980-83, that team played in 20 more matches than Hunter's squad did from, making her squad's 90-33 clip the best winning percentage over a four-year span in school history.
Hunter led the 2005 team to a 25-5 overall record and a 7-4 mark against top-25 teams that season with four of those wins against top-10 programs. The 25-5 mark is the best winning percentage in a single season in program history and the team achieved a No. 7 national ranking, the best-ever for the volleyball program. The 16 wins during Big 12 play that season were also a program-best.
Upon her graduation, Hunter was one of only 15 players in Division I history to have amassed more than 6,000 career assists. She was also selected to the US National Team in 2005 and traveled the world for two years while competing with and against the world's elite volleyball competition.
Hunter was on the Bronze Medal winning team at the Pan-American games in 2007, becoming the first player in program history to win major international medal.
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