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Birthdate: January 10, 1985
Hometown: Girard, Ohio
Resides: El Segundo, Calif.
Height: 6’ 0"
BEST FINISH / WINNINGS
Domestic: 1st (2 times) $31,785
Overall: 1st (2 times) $31,785
A product of Duke University, Tealle Hunkus made her beach debut in her home state of Ohio at the Cincinnati event in 2007 with partner Amanda Schuler where the pair placed 29th.
The following year, Hunkus played in five AVP events, playing the first one with Jennifer Sharp before finishing out the final four with Julie Murphy. Hunkus and Murphy improved their finish in each event, finishing a best of 25th at Manhattan Beach.
In 2009, she paired with Cindie Boosin for eight events and the duo had their best finish at 17th after working their way through the qualifier at Panama City. Later that season, they finished 17th again, this time at Manhattan Beach where they recovered from losing their first match to knock off three straight opponents before eventually falling to Claire D’Amore and Jennifer Snyder.
Hunkus split partners in the 2010 season, first playing with Julie Romias for the first two events and then partnering with Heather Lowe for the next four. Hunkus finished in the top 20 in three of the six tournaments.
She then began a new partnership in 2012 with Christal Engle and the pair had a break-through year. First competing overseas in the FIVB Seoul event, they finished 17th, a career best for Hunkus on the international circuit. The duo then returned to the U.S. to play in both AVP events, entering in Cincinnati as the No. 13 seed. After winning their first match, the pair fell in their second match to Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Nicole Branagh. They quickly bounced back to win their next four matches, two of which were over higher-seeded opponents. The comeback then fell short as their winning streak was snapped by top-seeded duo, Whitney Pavlik and Jenny Kropp, in a three-set thriller, giving Hunkus and Engle a fifth-place finish, a career best for both.
The next weekend, the pair came into the AVP Championships as the No. 5 seed and won their first two pool play matches before falling to Walsh-Jennings and Branagh in their final match, giving them a finish of sixth.
Hunkus was a Volleyball Magazine Fab 50, Prep Volleyball Top 100 and Student Sports All-America honoree in her hometown of Girard, Ohio. She held the Ohio prep records for career kills (1,169) and kills in a single season (470). She received a scholarship to Duke University where she was an AVCA All-American honorable mention in addition to being an All-East region selection her senior year when the Blue Devils won the ACC championship. She was honored twice as an All-ACC member and finished her career with over 1,000 career kills and digs, the ninth Blue Devil to achieve that in Duke history. Hunkus graduated in 2007 with a degree in public policy and also earned a certificate in markets and management. She currently resides in El Segundo, Calif.