Colorado Thunder Features Top Volleyball Professionals Including Former Olympic Coach Gary Sato(San Diego) - The Colorado Thunder of the National Volleyball Association, the premier women's indoor volleyball league, has completed its roster for the 1997 season. The Colorado Thunder is coached by 1988 Olympic Assistant Coach Gary Sato and assistant coach Ryan Post of Littleton. The Thunder will be led by first round draft pick and current Air Force coach Penny Lucas-White (Louisiana State). Penny, also formerly a member of the USA National Team, played six years professionally overseas and two years professionally in the U.S. before joining the Thunder. The Thunder also picked up a tremendous talent for its second pick. Kelly Kuebler, 1995 USC Athlete-of-the-Year, 2-time NCAA All-American and 3-time All-Pac-10, played professionally last year in Brazil.
player position college honors residence Penny Lucas-White OH/MB Louisiana State 1985-86 USA National Team member; All-SEC; Colorado Springs, CO Currently Head Coach at Air Force Academy Kelly Kuebler OH USC 1993 & '94 NCAA All-American; All Pac-10; Seal Beach, CA 1995 USC Female Athlete-of-the-Year Jan Saunders Gordon S UOP 1982, '83 & '84 NCAA All-American; Aurora, CO 4-Person Pro Beach Sabrina Hernandez S Long Beach State 1991 & '92 NCAA All-American Cerritos, CA Kristal Attwood OH Hawaii All-Region; All-Big West Manhattan Beach, CA Stacy Buck-Sax MB UCLA 1984 NCAA Champions; 4-Person Pro Beach Denver, CO Led Pac-10 in hitting senior year Karrie Downey OH Colorado 1993 & '94 All-Region; 1992-94 All-Big 8; Fort Collins, CO 1994 All-time career kill leader & dig leader Big 8 Diane Johannsen OH/MB Colorado State NCAA All-American Fort Collins, CO Liz Armbrustmacher OH Indiana University 1987 & 1988 All-Big 10; Asst. Coach Metro State Lakewood, CO Verna Julaton DS Metro State Continental Divide Conference Player-of-the-Year; Castle Rock, CO Two-time All-Conference & All-Region Terri McNair OH Northern Colorado 1994 All-Conference Team; 1994 All-Region Greeley, CO Michelle Mauney MB UCLA 1991 National Champions Lake Forest, CA Melanie Ryer OH Alabama 1995 USA Olympic Festival Littleton, CO Head Coach: Gary Sato Former Olympic Assistant Coach (310)459-4600 Assistant Coach: Ryan Post (303) 768-0383 General Manager: Phil Von Hake (303) 494-6623 Team Colors: Purple/Ash
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