Teagan Hunter was an all-Canadian for BU in 2010-11. (FILE PHOTO)
Teagan Hunter went over to Denmark last season with the hopes of experiencing volleyball at a completely different level, and her time in Denmark’s elite women’s volleyball league didn’t disappoint.
The 24-year-old Brandonite quickly became the starting left side for Frederiksberg and saw lots of time on the court with the professional squad.
"It was a completely new experience and I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to go and I think as far as the volleyball goes, it was a different scenario," said Hunter, who spent five seasons with the Brandon University Bobcats and is the team’s all-time leader in kills (1,006) and digs (945).
"I would say it was comparable to the competition of the CIS, which was awesome. I had a chance to go and play and help the team and develop as a player. That was good."
Hunter didn’t have long to adjust to life in Denmark. While trying to get used to living in Copenhagen and getting to know her new teammates, the 5-foot-10 left side was thrust into a leadership role and became one of her team’s primary hitters.
That wasn’t a situation Hunter was expecting, but she handled it the best she could.
"It was hard because I was the new face to the team and that kind of stuff, but they were actually looking at me to lead the team and be a key player," said Hunter, who capped her CIS career by being named an all-Canadian in 2010-11.
"… Being in a completely new setting, you kind of hope to have the chance to warm up and try to find your place on the team. For me to go in and expected to start and make an impact and help the team win, it was good. I can’t complain. I obviously would enjoy being a starting left side rather than coming off the bench."
While Hunter liked playing professionally in Denmark, she was disappointed with how her team fared. Frederiksberg, which also featured Bobcat alumnus Erin Visch-Krahn at middle, was plagued with early-season injuries that caused them to get off to a slow start. They rallied in the second half of the season, beating each of the other seven teams in the league, but finished with an 11-10 record and two wins out of the final playoff spot.
Now that she’s back home for the summer, Hunter is trying to figure out what to do in the fall. She’s torn between returning to Europe for a second season of professional volleyball, travelling the world or going back to school to finish off her education degree.
"As far as the volleyball goes it was good, but I’m maybe on the fence about moving on to something different in my life," she said. "Volleyball has been a big part of my life and I can’t see myself not playing, but right now I’m home for the summer and seeing family and friends and I’m really appreciating that. I kinda maybe want to focus on that a little more.
"If August rolls around and I’m dying to play, then I do still have my agent and that kind of stuff. I’ll keep in touch with him and if something pops up at the end of the summer then I might be willing to take it, but I haven’t decided anything."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 11, 2012