On the heels of Trena Peel leading the softball team to new heights, another Danny White hire is off and running. UB announced in a press release today that Coach Reed Sunahara and Outside Hitter Tahleia Bishop will represent Team Jamaica in World Championship qualifying in Mississauga, Ontario beginning May 16.
The four-day tournament will feature competition from Jamaica, Mexico, Canada, and the US Virgin Islands with all four teams working to move forward in qualifying. The pool will play a round robin with each team playing a match each of the first three days, with Gold- and Bronze-medal matches coming on the fourth.
This will be the first taste of international competition for Bishop, who is coming off a record-breaking season in which she notched 400 kills, set several UB single-match records, and was named All-MAC first team. She also finished third on the team in digs and proved that even with the loss of All-MAC superstar Kelly Svoboda UB volleyball has a bright future ahead.
Coach Sunahara is no stranger to the international stage, as one of the head-turning details about his hire was his connection to the US National Teams that will elevate UB Volleyball onto a higher stage. Apparently it's OK for a coach to be involved with both the US National Program and Jamaica's training programs, because it's through that role that Sunahara nabbed the top job for Team Jamaica in this tournament.
Sunahara's team in the fall will feature a class of 5 juniors leading the way after 2013's hot start, conference season falter, and ousting of Todd Kress. The upperclassmen will be joined by seven incoming contributors made up of five freshmen and two transfers.
I'd encourage you to follow the link above to the full press release from UB, which includes the match schedule for the tournament.
Best of luck to Coach Sunahara and Tahleia. Go Bulls!