When USA Volleyball announced its roster for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team, the 12-man list included three former 49ers—David Lee, Paul Lotman and David McKienzie. Additionally, the team is coached by LBSU coach Alan Knipe.
On the women’s side, LBSU alumni Danielle Scott-Arruda and Tayyiba Haneef-Park were both members of the U.S. Women’s Volleyball Olympic roster.
Then, there was beach volleyball, where LBSU was represented by two-time defending gold medalist Misty May-Treanor, who along with her teammate Kerri Walsh, won their third consecutive gold medal.
Scott-Arruda traveled to a record fifth Olympic Games, breaking a record that she shared with another former 49er, Tara Cross-Battle. Scott-Arruda was the National Player of the Year while leading the 49ers to the 1993 national championship.
Haneef-Park made her third trip to the Olympics, making the team on the right side after playing middle blocker in college. Haneef-Park led the 49ers to the 2001 national championship match and was a member of the 1998 national championship team.
With two selections on the women’s roster, LBSU is tied with Penn State, Washington and Stanford for the most on the team.
Both Scott-Arruda and Haneef-Park played for Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, helping the team to a silver medal.
May-Treanor was a two-time NCAA Player of the Year with LBSU’s women’s volleyball, leading the 49ers to the first-ever undefeated season in NCAA history as well as a national championship during the 1998 season.