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Caren Kemner

Born: April 16, 1965 in Quincy, Illinois (United States)

Enshrined: 2013

Country: United States

Category: Female Indoor Player

Biography (Current at time of Induction)

A native of Quincy, Illinois , Caren Kemner distinguished herself as a dominating outside hitter who could attach and play defense equally well for so many years with the US Women’s National Volleyball Team.

Kemner graduated from Quincy Notre Dame High School in 1983 where she led the team to an undefeated state championship in 1980 as a sophomore and was a two-time all American. She also won two state championships as a stand-out softball player.  Kemner played volleyball and softball for two years at the University of Arizona until 1985.  

She joined the U.S. National Volleyball Team following her college career and competed in three consecutive Olympic Games starting in 1988.  Kemner helped the United States capture the bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Known as a fiery competitor and for her aggressive state of play, Kemner was considered one of the best female volleyball players on the planet during her career.  She was selected to the “all Spectacular Team” following the 1992 Olympics where she compiled a team high 127 kills and seven aces.  Kemner helped lead the United States to its very first FIVB World Grand Prix gold medal in 1995 and holds bronze medals from the 1990 FIVB World Championship and the 1986 Goodwill Games.

Kemner was honored with the most outstanding player award at the 1991 FIVB World Cup and later selected as the FIVB most valuable player for the 1991 season.  Kemner, the 1985 USA Volleyball Female Rookie of the Year, was a sixe-time recipient of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Female Volleyball Athlete of the Year and a five-time winner of the USA team most valuable player award during her 15 years competing for the USA.  She was selected to USA Volleyball’s 75th Anniversary All-Era Team for the 1978 to 2002 time period.

Kemner played professional club volleyball in Italy, Brazil and Japan.  In 1999, she competed on the AVP professional beach volleyball tour partnering with legendary Hall of Famer Karolyn Kirby.

As of 2013, Kemner was in her second season as the head coach of the Culver-Stockton College women’s volleyball team and is director of the Riverfront Athletic Association, based in her hometown of Quincy.  She also served as head coach at her alma mater Quincy Notre Dame High School for two seasons, leading the team to a regional championship in 2010.

For her ability to dominate on the court with her thunderous spikes and relentless defense we welcome Caren Kemner as a 2013 Inductee to the International Volleyball Hall of Fame.