This the second time around for Pauline Manser. In 1992, the UNM Hall of Honor recognized Manser as the first ever Female Athlete of the Year.
Manser was recruited to UNM from Perth, Australia and lettered in volleyball from 1987-91. She was a setter and outside hitter and one of the Lobos’ most distinguished players in school history. Laurel Brassey Iversen, Manser’s coach at UNM and a Hall of Honor inductee in 2001, said, “Pauline was the most dominating athlete to play volleyball for UNM and one of the best volleyball players in the USA.”
Manser was a two-time All-American at UNM and led the 1990 Lobo to a perfect 12-0 record and a Western Athletic Conference title. As a senior in 1991, Manser was the WAC Player of the Year and the WAC Player of the Week five times. She graduated cum laude in 1991 with a degree in recreation.
After here playing days at UNM were over, Manser played in the German Professional League, and was also a member of the World Beach Volleyball Australian Team for 10 years (1986-96).
She won a silver medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games and finished fifth at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney as part of the Australian Beach volleyball team. Manser has played 31 World Tour events with four top-four finishes and 23 in the top-10.