MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine alum Kim Hill will be a first-time Olympian as USA Volleyball announced its 12-player indoor women’s roster for the upcoming Rio Olympics today.
She’ll be joined in Brazil by Pepperdine men’s volleyball coaches Marv Dunphy and David Hunt, who will serve on the U.S. coaching staff, and Kayla Banwarth, a libero for the USA. Dunphy will be coaching at his seventh Olympics and his second with the women’s team. Hunt is an assistant coach. Banwarth played at Nebraska but just finished her first season as a volunteer assistant at Pepperdine.
In addition to the Pepperdine contingent, Loyola Marymount head indoor coach Tom Black will serve as an assistant coach for the United States in Rio.
The U.S. is part of Pool B and begins competition on August 6 against Puerto Rico. The Americans will also face the Netherlands, Serbia, Italy and China before the quarterfinals begin on August 16.
Hill (Portland, Ore.) has been a mainstay with the U.S. squad the past couple of years. She earned the Most Valuable Player award at the 2014 FIVB World Championships as the team won a gold medal. At the recently concluded FIVB World Grand Prix, where the U.S. won the silver medal, she was named the tournament’s Second-Best Outside Spiker.
“Kim’s is a great story to inspire every junior – trying out for USA one year, helping lead us to a World Championship the next, and playing some of her best volleyball this year,” USA Coach Karch Kiraly said in a USA Volleyball release. “And you can search hard, but you won’t find a better teammate than Kim.”
The 6-foot-4 outside hitter played club volleyball in Turkey in 2015-16, and was named MVP of the Turkish League after leading VakifBank to the title.
Hill was one of the top indoor players in Pepperdine history between 2008-11 and also was a standout on the beach. In fact, she’s the first and only person to earn AVCA All-American first team honors in both sports in the same school year (2011-12).
With the Waves’ indoor team, Hill was a three-time All-American, earning honorable mention status in both 2009 and 2010, and she was the West Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2011. She finished with 1,300 kills, good for sixth all-time at Pepperdine.
On the beach, she was a member of the Waves’ inaugural team, which won the 2012 AVCA national championship. She repeated as an All-American during her second and final season in 2013.