Sean Rooney

USA Volleyball

Sean Rooney
  • 2012
  • 2008

Hometown: Wheaton, Ill.
Birth Year: 1982
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-9 (206cm)
Weight: 220 lbs (100kg)
College: Pepperdine
Graduate School: Keller Graduate School of Management 
Joined Team: 2007

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2014 – NORCECA World Championship Qualifier (Gold Medal). 2013 – FIVB Grand Champions Cup... NORCECA Continental Championship (Gold Medal). 2012 Olympic Games... FIVB World League (Silver Medal). 2011 – FIVB World Cup… NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship (Silver Medal)… FIVB World League. 2010 FIVB World Championship. FIVB World League. 2009 NORCECA Continental Championship (Silver Medal)... 2010 FIVB World Championship Qualifier for NORCECA Group F (Gold Medal)... FIVB World League. 2008 Olympic Games (Gold Medal)... FIVB World League (Gold Medal)... NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualifying Championship (Gold Medal). 2007 FIVB World Cup... Americas' Cup (Gold Medal)... Pan American Games (Silver Medal)... FIVB World League (Bronze Medal). 2003 World University Games (bronze).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 - Served as team captain at the NORCECA Championship where he played in six sets and scored 14 points. 2012 – After recovering from a shoulder injury, Rooney returned to the team for World League as a backup outside hitter… Finished 2012 season sixth on team in scoring with 132 points on 102 attacks, 23 blocks and seven aces. Hitting efficiency was .434. Credited with 48 digs (1.3 per set)… Finished the Olympic Games with 20 points on 14 kills and six blocks in eight sets. Hitting efficiency was .444. In his best match he started all three sets in a 3-0 win over Tunisia and scored 12 points on eight attacks and four blocks… Finished World League as the team’s fourth-leading scorer with 112 points on 68 attacks, 17 blocks and seven aces. He was also credited with 34 digs. In his best match he scored 21 points (16 kills, three blocks, two aces) against Korea on June 17. His overall performance helped him land a spot on his second straight Olympic Team. 2011 – Struggled with an injured shoulder for much of the season and saw limited playing time. Played in 16 sets and scored 45 points on 43 attacks and two blocks… Played in nine sets of the FIVB World Cup. He finished with 31 points on 31 attacks… Sean played in four sets of the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship and started three. He scored 11 points on nine kills and two blocks. The U.S. Men placed second and qualified for the FIVB World Cup… Played in three World League sets and had three points… Played for Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza in Italy's Serie A league during the winter of 2011-12. 2010 Finished the 2010 season as the team's second-leading scorer with 198 points (3.25 points per set) on 170 kills (0.27 hitting percentage), 25 blocks (0.41 blocks per set) and three aces (0.05 aces per set) in 61 sets played. Second on the team in kills. Had 60 digs (0.98 digs per set), which was fourth best on the team. Played in 28 sets at the FIVB World Championship in Italy. Was the United States' third-leading scorer and 22nd overall with 99 points on 88 kills and 11 blocks. Led the U.S. in kills and was 20th overall with 88 kills and 21 faults on 184 attempts for a success percentage of 47.83… Played in 33 sets in the FIVB World league and was the team’s second-best scorer with 104 total points and 3.15 points per set. His 89 kills (2.70 per set) were good enough for 32nd place among the league's top hitters. He also tallied 12 stuff blocks (0.24 per set) and his 21(0.43 per set) digs placed him tied for second best on the squad… Played for Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza in Italy's Serie A league during the winter of 2010-11. 2009 Named USA Volleyball's Male Indoor Player of the Year for 2009… Finished as the team's leading scorer with 258 points on 224 kills, 22 blocks and 12 aces. Hitting efficiency was .435. Led the team in digs with 80 (1.19 per set)... Was the U.S. Men's third-leading scorer at the NORCECA Continental Championship with 48 points on 40 kills, seven blocks and one ace... Named Best Spiker at the 2010 FIVB World Championship Qualifier. Finished the competition with 19 kills and one error on 29 attempts for a success percentage of 65.52... Was the United States' leading scorer in both pool play and the final round of the FIVB World League competition. Started every pool play match except the final one against Netherlands. Finished pool play with 167 points on 149 kills, 15 blocks and three aces in 42 sets to put him eighth overall. In the final round, he had 20 points on 17 kills, two blocks and one ace in six sets. During the winter of 2009-10, Sean played for Fakel Novy Urengoi in Russia’s Super League. 2008 – Finished the 2008 season with 167 points (2.98 points per set) on 140 kills (2.5 per set), 20 blocks and seven aces and a hitting efficiency of .410… Won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, playing primarily as a substitute and serving specialist... Helped the U.S. Men win their first FIVB World League title. Led the team in scoring with 20 points in a loss to Bulgaria on June 21...Helped the U.S. Men win the Four Nations Tournament on May 11-13 in Germany... Named "Best Spiker" of the NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualifying tournament. Finished the tournament with 46 points on 43 kills and three blocks… During the winter of 2008-09, Sean played for Fakel Novy Urengoi in Russia’s Super League 2007 – Finished the 2007 season as the U.S. team's seventh-leading scorer with 151 points. Averaged 2.07 points per set in 73 sets. Hitting efficiency was .444 and he averaged 1.88 kills per set... Named Most Valuable Player of the U.S. Men's match against Egypt at the FIVB World Cup. Scored 18 points on 15 kills, two blocks and one ace as the United States won in straight sets... Was the team's leading scorer at the Pan American Games and third overall with 64 points on 58 kills, five blocks and one ace in five matches. He was the Pan Am Games' leading "spiker" with an efficiency percentage of 42.11... Traveled to every World League match and started in four… Played the winter of 2007-08 for played for Dinamo-Yantar in Russia’s Super League… 2003 Played with the 2003 World University Games team that won a bronze medal in Daegu, Korea.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2005 By the end of his college career, Sean ranked second nationally among NCAA Division I-II players in points per game with 6.35 while hitting .395 on the season as he led Pepperdine to the 2005 NCAA national championship... He extended his consecutive double-digit kill match streak to 50 matches, while averaging 1.46 digs and 0.49 aces per game. Rooney totaled 20 or more kills in 14 matches, including two 30-plus kill contests in 2005... Sean tallied season-highs of 44.5 points, 36 kills and seven aces versus Pacific in the season-opening match on Jan. 14. He contributed a double-double of 22 kills and 10 blocks versus Long Beach State on Jan. 27... Sean was a four-time AVCA All-American and only the seventh male student-athlete to achieve such an honor. 2004 – Had a stellar season culminating in being named Volleyball Magazine's Player of the Year... Postseason accolades included being named AVCA first team All-American and Volleyball first team All-American... Tabbed MPSF first team All-Conference... Led the team with 461 kills and hit .406 for the year... Banged out double-digit kills in final 25 matches of the season and 26 of 28 total... Recorded a season-high four service aces twice (Santa Barbara, Northridge) and ended the season with 29 total... Only double-double of the season came against Long Beach State (Feb. 4)... Finished year with 88 total blocks... Hit .667 with 10 kills on 15 swings without an error against Loyola. 2003 – Named First Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and by Volleyball Magazine; Sean was also tabbed First-Team All-MPSF. As a key component to the Wave's 24-6 season, Sean led the team with a total of 480 kills (.354 hitting percentage) and also led the team in kills per game, with an average of 4.53. Sean also contributed 25 service aces and 83 total blocks on the season. On January 9, 2003, Sean obtained an individual season-high 22 kills in a five-game win over Cal Baptist. Sean also added an individual season-best 12 digs and four service aces in the 5-game decision loss to Lewis in the NCAA Championship semifinals on May 1, 2003... Averaged 4.53 kills, .16 assists, .24 service aces, 1.59 digs and .78 blocks per game. 2002 – Selected the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) "Freshman of the Year"... Helped Pepperdine compile a 29-5 record and advance to the NCAA title match before losing a four-game decision to Hawaii... The Waves captured the regular season MPSF title with a 20-2 mark and won the league's post-season tournament... A second team All-American selection by the AVCA and a second team All-MPSF pick as a rookie... Led the Waves with 510 kills, an average of 4.11 a game, and notched an impressive .378 attack percentage... Posted double-figure kill totals in 31 of the team's 34 matches... Notched career-best total of 28 kills against UCLA... Recorded 26 service aces, 171 digs and 72 total blocks... Recorded career-high total of seven blocks against UC Irvine.

CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS: Attended Wheaton-Warrenville South High School. Was the 2001 Illinois State Player of the Year as he led the team to a state championship. He also competed in golf and basketball... Competed in the 1999 Junior National Championships, with the U.S. Junior National Team in 2000, and with the AAU National championship teams in 2000 and 2001, garnering the MVP award in 2001.

PERSONAL: Born Sean Michael Rooney in 1982 in Wheaton, Ill.... Parents are Mike and Carol Rooney... Sean also has two sisters, Melissa and Megan... Graduated from Pepperdine in 2005 with a degree in business administration... In 2004, Rooney joined the AVP beach volleyball tour. His highest placing was fifth, which he achieved three times. Was considered a sports celebrity in South Korea when he played volleyball for the Hyundai Skywalkers in 2006 and 07… Enjoys the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, The Grateful Dead, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dave Matthews and the Counting Crows... SportsCenter is his favorite TV show.... Calls his grandfather his role model for "devoting his life to helping others."

Last updated October 2012

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