ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Former University of Houston Volleyball standout Flo Hyman was named among the 15-member class of 2018 inductees for the Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame, the organization has announced.
Hyman joins Mike Bright, Edward DeGroot, Scott Fortune, Brian Gimmillaro, Brent Hilliard, Ron Lang, Liz Masakayan, Nina Matthies, Elaina Oden, Pat Powers, Larry Rundle, Steve Salmons, John Speraw and Ernie Suwara as the second induction class to the SCIVBHOF.
The 2018 class will be honored on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the Anaheim Highway 39 Event Center. For more info, visit socalindoorvolleyballhof.com.
FLO HYMAN (deceased)
A native of Los Angeles, Flo Hyman was the first female scholarship athlete at the University of Houston. Hyman was a three-time AIAW All-America honoree for the Cougars from 1974-76 and the 1976 AIAW National Player of the Year, leading Houston to two Top-5 national finishes.
She skipped her final year to join the U.S. National Team in 1975. After failing to qualify for the 1976 Olympics and confronted with the boycott in 1980, Hyman, along with fellow Cougars Rita Buck-Crockett and Rose Magers, led the U.S. to a silver medal in 1984 - still tied for the best indoor finish in U.S. Olympic history.
Standing at 6-5, she was the tallest outside hitter in the women's game, and possessed a 110-mph spike. Hyman was named the Best Attacker at the Pan-Am Games in 1975, 1979, and 1983, the NORCECA Championships in 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1983, and the World University Games in 1973 and 1977. She also won a bronze medal at the 1982 World Championships and was All-World and Most Valuable Player in multiple international tournaments.
Hyman was consistently counted among the top players in the world before her death during a 1986 match in Japan, where she played professionally.
Hyman was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1988 and was a University of Houston Hall of Honor inductee in 1998. In 2012, Sports Illustrated named her as one of the top 40 female athletes of the Title IX era. In 2017, she was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame along with Houston alums Buck-Crockett (volleyball) and Wade Phillips (football).
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