Dec. 20, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Former Tiger All-American setter Lindsey Hunter has inked a contract to continue her professional career with Valencianas de Juncos, a professional volleyball team based out of Puerto Rico. The league will begin play on Jan. 26, 2011, and Hunter will depart for Puerto Rico shortly after Jan. 1.
"I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to play volleyball again," Hunter, who was just recently inducted into the Mizzou Athletics Hall of Fame, said. "I am so excited to play in Puerto Rico and gain a whole new set of experiences."
The league features 10 teams with every squad playing at least one match against each team in the league. Hunter has been serving as a graduate assistant in the Mizzou Total Person Program and served as the color analyst for Mizzou volleyball matches on Mizzou All-Access while taking a break from competitive volleyball. Prior to her time with Mizzou in her professional role, Hunter put together a very impressive résumé that has led to her being named Mizzou Athlete of the Decade along with a spot in the Mizzou Athletics Hall of Fame.
Hunter is Mizzou's all-time leader in total assists with 6,097 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.