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Pepperdine Inducts Rooney, Keenan

By Jessica Hall | Oct. 22, 2014, 1:59 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 22, 2014) – USA Volleyball athletes Brad Keenan and Sean Rooney were inducted into the Pepperdine University Athletics Hall of Fame on Sunday at a ceremony held in the Firestone Fieldhouse located on the Malibu, Calif., campus.

Sean Rooney
 Sean Rooney at his Hall of Fame induction.

To be eligible for induction, nominees must have competed, coached for or rendered a great service to Pepperdine University Athletics.

Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) joined the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2007 and is a two-time Olympian who won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He served as captain of the U.S. Men’s team that won gold at the 2014 FIVB World League Championship. In his seven years on the team, Rooney has earned a total of 12 medals (seven gold, four silver, one bronze).

Rooney played four season (2002-05) as an outside hitter for Pepperdine and was voted the 2005 AVCA National Player of the Year as well as the NCAA Tournament MVP as the Waves won the 2005 NCAA championship. He was a four-time AVCA al-American, three-time All-MPSF first teamer, 2005 MPSF Freshman (2002) and Player (2005) of the Year and three-time MPSF All-Academic selection member.

Brad Keenan
  Brad Keenan plays in an FIVB event.

On Pepperdine’s career records list, he ranks first for sets played (434), sixth in service aces (131), seventh in digs (629), and eighth in hitting percentage (.383). The Waves won three MPSF regular-season titles, two MPSF Tournament titles and advanced to three NCAA Championships during his tenure.

In 2006, Keenan (Westminster, Calif.) made his AVP debut at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and since then has earned 25 top-three finishes on the AVP tour. He was named AVP Rookie of the Year in 2006 and won the award for Most Improved Player in 2007. Partnered with John Mayer (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Keenan won his first AVP title at the 2014 St. Petersburg Open.  

Keenan played four seasons (2000-03) as a middle blocker for Pepperdine and was the National Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003. Keenan was a four-time All-American, four-time All-MPSF (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) selection and made the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2002.
On Pepperdine’s career records list, he ranks first in blocks (745) and service aces (187), third in hitting percentage (.443), eighth in points (1,794.0), and 11th in kills (1,198). The Waves won three regular-season MPSF titles, won the 2002 MPSF Tournament and went to three NCAA Tournaments during Keenan’s tenure.

Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1980. Keenan and Rooney joined 104 individuals, 14 teams and eight special achievement recipients that have already been inducted. 

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Sean Rooney