Athletic Alumni Profile: Mickisha Hurley

BS, Biology, 1996
Barry Athletics Wall of Honor 1998
Barry University Distinguished Alumni Award 2001

Former Barry University volleyball All-American Mickisha Hurley was a member of the U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team that competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia. She was the only player from a small college on the roster of the U.S. Olympic team.

Hurley led Barry to the 1995 NCAA Division II national title while a senior at Barry. Inducted into the Barry University Athletics Wall of Honor in 1998, Hurley has distinguished herself as one of the top volleyball players in the world.

While a student-athlete at Barry, Hurley established herself as one of the most dominant players in collegiate volleyball. She was a first team All-American in 1994 and 1995, and led the nation in hitting percentage in 1994 at .437 (also a school record). She was a major contributor in the Buccaneers 1995 NCAA Division II national championship season and was voted to the Elite Eight All-Tournament team. Hurley was a three-time All-South Region selection, and was a four-time All-Sunshine State Conference choice. She was voted the SSC’s Player-of-the-Year in 1995 and named the league’s Athlete-of-the-Year in June, 1996.

After Hurley joined the U.S. National Team in 1997, America claimed the silver medal at the NORCECA Zone Championship. The following year, Hurley notched career highs in kills (22) and blocks (9) during matches with Germany and Italy. Then, in 1999, she helped the U.S. win a bronze medal at the Pan American Games, led all starters with a .338 hitting percentage at the World Cup, and helped the team capture the bronze medal at the Pan American Games.

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