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Former Bethel Volleyball Standout Drafted in NVL

Posted 5/2/21

AUCKLAND, New Zealand–Former Bethel University volleyball standout Rachael Gunn was recently drafted by the Midlands Te Wairo team in the National Volleyball League in New Zealand. Gunn is a …

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Former Bethel Volleyball Standout Drafted in NVL

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand–Former Bethel University volleyball standout Rachael Gunn was recently drafted by the Midlands Te Wairo team in the National Volleyball League in New Zealand. Gunn is a native of Auckland, New Zealand.

The four teams that make up the league are Northern Moana, Midlands Te Waiora, Central Hauwhenua, and Southern Pounamu. The teams compete for the New Zealand National Volleyball League Championship.  

The bid for the title will be held over two weekends with the first round of this event at the YMCA Auckland Stadium on June 26-27th. The final round will take place at Pioneer Stadium (Christchurch) on the 10-11th of July.

Gunn was Named Honorable Mention All-American and SSAC Player of the Year in 2019. 

Gunn had 391 kills on the season which was second in the SSAC. She was second in the league in service aces with 53 and second in hitting percentage at 0.260. 

Gunn had 604 career kills and 291 career digs in two years for the Lady Wildcats. She ranked 18th in the nation in service aces per game at 0.510 

Rachael commented, “It’s a draft where the top athletes in NZ get chosen to play to for a team in the NVL. I am really excited and happy to be drafted by the Te Wairo team. It is a quality league with some great players.  We play in two televised tournaments and it’s the best of the best athletes.”  

Bethel Head Coach Starla Cupples shared her thoughts, “We are really happy for Rachael. She is a winner and competitor. I know she will work hard and be successful and we wish her the very best.”     

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