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Nuneviller Brings Versatility and Talent to WJNT Squad

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 17, 2018) – When it comes to volleyball, Brooke Nuneviller’s capabilities are incredibly diverse. As she prepares for her freshman season at the University of Oregon, Nuneviller’s resume reflects her versatility in the sport.

Nuneviller, a member of the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline for the past seven seasons, will be serving as the libero for the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team in the zonal NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship in Mexico. Prior to this, she has already represented Team USA twice on the international stage as part of the U.S. Girl’s Youth National Team. Her achievements include a silver medal at the NORCECA Girls’ U18 Continental Championship in 2016, followed by an eighth-place finish at the 2017 FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship. Now, Nuneviller and her WJNT teammates are aiming to qualify for the 2019 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship.

Nuneviller’s accomplishments span various aspects of the sport. Playing as an outside hitter for her club team Aspire, she has earned all-tournament honors in the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships Open Division in 2016 and 2017. Additionally, Nuneviller has been named Arizona’s Gatorade High School Player of the Year twice for indoor volleyball and has been selected as an AVCA High School All-America First-Team player.

Indoor volleyball, however, is only one facet of Nuneviller’s game. At Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona, she also excelled in sand volleyball, losing only one match in two years and winning the Arizona Division I pairs beach volleyball championship in the most recent season.

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Nuneviller’s ability to seamlessly transition between different roles and positions has broadened her volleyball knowledge. Moving from the sand to the indoor court and transitioning from being an outside hitter in club and school to a libero in USA Volleyball High Performance has enhanced her understanding of the game. Furthermore, this year she has taken on a coaching role for one of her club team’s younger squads, leaving open the possibility of a coaching career following her playing days. This passion for coaching runs in the family, as her mother, Beth, has also pursued coaching positions at the University of Arkansas, Phoenix College, and the Aspire Volleyball Club.

As Nuneviller eagerly prepares for the NORCECA Women’s U20 Championship in Puerto Rico, we sat down with her for a Q&A session to delve deeper into her volleyball journey.

FAQs

Q: Describe your experience in the USA Volleyball High Performance program.
A: Through the High Performance program, I have been fortunate enough to make significant progress. From my initial year at the (Future Select) A2 camp to participating consistently in A1, I have had the opportunity to play as both an outside hitter and a libero. Eventually, I decided to focus on being a libero due to the success I have achieved. It has been a humbling experience, playing alongside the best players in the country.

Q: How do you handle transitioning between playing as a pin hitter with your club and playing as a libero in High Performance?
A: I enjoy hitting because it allows me to contribute in various ways. However, I also appreciate passing, which is a crucial aspect of playing as an outside hitter. As an outside hitter, you get to both hit and pass, which I find fulfilling. Transitioning from outside hitter to libero is relatively smooth because passing and playing defense are already part of my skill set. The challenge lies in switching back to being an outside hitter and regaining my vertical jump.

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Q: Kelsey Robinson has also made the transition from outside hitter to libero in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Have you been following her during this transition?
A: We watched the team’s match against Korea online. It feels strange to see her in a different jersey because I have always seen her as a pin hitter. Kelsey is definitely a role model, being part of the National Team. Watching her make movements and transitions, such as taking the seam and deciding whether to hit, has been valuable to me as both an outside hitter and a libero.

Q: What are your plans for your freshman year at the University of Oregon? Will you continue as a libero or play as an outside hitter?
A: As of now, the plan is for me to play as an outside hitter. However, the details are not set in stone, and things may change during my freshman and sophomore years.

Q: As part of the Women’s Junior National Team, what strengths do you see in your team heading into the NORCECA Women’s U20 Championship?
A: We have taken the feedback we received last summer to heart. Throughout the past club season, we have all improved significantly. Our team chemistry is exceptional, and our skills have developed remarkably. We feel like we are on a different level compared to last year.

Q: How does it feel to travel the world and represent the USA?
A: It’s an incredible experience. When you step off the plane, everyone sees you wearing a USA jacket or sweats. It’s amazing to witness people from different countries and cultures while simultaneously representing your own country.

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Q: What do you envision for your future in volleyball, including the possibility of competing in the Olympics?
A: I also play beach volleyball, and I love both indoor and beach games. I am open to any path that lies ahead and will embrace whichever route I choose.

Transitioning between the beach and indoor game involves employing different techniques for hitting and reading the court. Beach volleyball has immensely helped me develop as an indoor player by honing my ability to read the game, especially when positioned behind the block with two defenders. While some timing differences do exist due to the slower movement on sand, the overall experience has enhanced my competitive mindset and game awareness.

After my volleyball career, I could see myself coaching. This year, I had the opportunity to coach my first club team, Aspire 13-2, which was an immensely enjoyable experience. I have a deep love for the game and want to remain involved in it as much as possible. Additionally, I am pursuing a major in accounting, so I may explore that field after my playing days. Alternatively, I could pursue a coaching career at the collegiate level.

Summary

In summary, Brooke Nuneviller brings an incredible set of skills and experiences to the WJNT squad. Her versatility as a player, transitioning seamlessly between different roles and excelling in both indoor and sand volleyball, showcases her dedication and passion for the sport. As she embarks on her freshman year at the University of Oregon, Nuneviller’s future remains bright. Whether as a player, coach, or an accountant, she will continue to contribute significantly to the world of volleyball.