WASHINGTON - Former George Washington volleyball student-athlete Kristel Moor, who graduated following the Fall 2017 semester, is enjoying a standout debut professional season in her native Estonia.
Moor is playing for TTÜ/Tradehouse (Tallinn University of Technology) in the 10-team Baltic League. The league features four teams from Estonia and three teams from both Latvia and Lithuania.
"I'm so grateful that I'm able to continue doing what I enjoy doing the most," said Moor. "My senior year the coaches at GW gave me the confidence to continue my volleyball career. This game has given me so much - my best friends, my biggest role models and the brightest memories. I can't wait to see where this game takes me next."
The 6-foot-4 opposite side hitter was named the Baltic League's Player of the Month in February before earning All-Tournament honors at the league tournament in March. TTÜ/Tradehouse finished in seventh place in the league with a regular-season record of 7-11, but has since advanced to the final four of the league playoffs.
Two of her current teammates play for the Estonian National Team while her current head coach, Marko Mett, serves as the national team's assistant coach.
Moor enjoyed the finest season of her career in her senior year with the Colonials. She finished third on the team with a career-high 242 kills (2.20/set). She also finished third on the squad in points (292.0), blocks (59.0) and service aces. She set new single-match career-high totals in solo blocks, block assists, digs and service aces while posting two double-doubles.
"Over this past 2017 season, Kristel became a huge factor in our offense," said head coach Sarah Bernson. "A large part of our end-of-year success was her ability to play all six rotations and hit both front and back row. Kristel improved so much in just one season here and I am really happy that she is continuing to play and grow her game professionally."
Moor joins recent graduate Lauren Whyte '13 as an active professional player. Whyte recently completed her second professional season playing for VBC Chesaux in Switzerland. She had previously played one season for Azeryol Baku in Azerbaijan.