HPU senior Sandra Brunke might have played her last volleyball
game in an HPU uniform when her team fell in the NCAA II Regional,
but she hopes to finish her collegiate career playing with some
of the best players in the country.
Brunke was selected to play on the 2005 American International
Volleyball Team, a squad featuring top players from colleges
around the nation. If Brunke can raise approximately $2400 in
travel costs, she’ll join the team for an international
tournament in Aruba next spring.
I’m really excited about being selected,” said Brunke. “This
is a great opportunity to represent HPU and other American schools
for the last time and gain experience with other players who
want to play professionally. A lot of pro scouts attend these
tournaments, and it will be a chance to get noticed.”
Brunke, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter from Potsdam, Germany, lettered
in each of her three years with HPU while working toward
a degree in travel industry management.
Since I started playing college volleyball, I’ve always
wanted to play pro ball in South America or Puerto Rico when
I finished school,” said Brunke. “When I got the
invitation, it seemed like my dreams were coming true. I’ve
already started the fund raising efforts to get there.”
Brunke was chosen by American International head coach
Don Metil, one of 10 selections he was allowed to field
that this opportunity is something special.
Playing at the international level with this team is the cap
of a great collegiate career for many of our players,” said
Metil. “Participating on this team gives them a last chance
to represent their schools and establish contacts to further
play volleyball after graduation. Our team has some exceptional
athletes, and through this tournament, some are able to extend
their careers and have a great chance to be signed by some overseas
professional programs. We’re excited at the prospect of
Sandra joining us. I know she’ll represent HPU and Hawaii
Brunke credits her selection to the exposure she received
from playing for one of the most respected programs
in the nation,
and for the skills she developed by one of the nation’s
most respected volleyball coaches.
HPU has consistently been one of the top schools in Division
II volleyball in America and I am both honored and grateful to
have been part of this program the last three years,” said
"Playing for Tita Ahuna has been an invaluable
experience, both as an athlete and as a person.
She is one of the best coaches in the country, and the things
I learned from
her about the game and about life are things I
will carry the rest of my life. Any success I have from here
on will be a credit
to what I’ve learned here at HPU.”
Ahuna, a four-time Pacific West Conference Coach
of the Year and 2000 NCAA II National Coach of
player has what it takes.
I believe that Sandra has the skills, knowledge and determination
to take her game to the next level, and as a coach, that is rewarding,” said
Ahuna. “Sandra is a total team player, and she gives 110
percent in everything she does. I know she will represent herself
and Hawai`i Pacific University well.”