Club Sport of the Week: Women’s Volleyball

This year, Sydney Liming and John Howard worked together to create a collegiate club volleyball league for Colorado and Wyoming. There has never been such a league within either state. Over the last few years, the team had participated in adult women’s leagues. There are 16 teams from CSM, CSU, CU, DU, CMU, UCD, UNC, and Wyoming that make up the new league. Volleyball played in 6 regional tournaments throughout the 2012-2013 school year, and continually placed at least one team in the top 2 at the tournaments. The tournaments have been held at all of the different schools, with two tournaments being held at Mines.

The program has continually improved and grown over the last few years. Four years ago, the team was unorganized and very rarely won. However, as the program grew the Women’s Club Volleyball Team became more and more competitive. Along with their newly acquired league and membership, the team regularly attends the NCVF National Tournament. The program now consists of two teams that compete regularly, along with a practice team of players that attend only practices.

Back in 2011, the Women’s Club Volleyball team won the NCVF National Championship. Looking to reclaim the title two years later, the team recently travelled to Dallas, Texas on April 3-6 to compete in the national tournament which is comprised of over 300 teams. After winning all 3 matches of pool play on day one without dropping a single set, and splitting their games on day two, the team advanced to the single game elimination. On the final day of the tournament Mines beat the reigning champs Gonzaga in straight sets for their first win on the day. Unfortunately the team lost their second match to the University of Miami and finished in 5th place overall. Along with their 5th place finish, senior setter Sydney Liming was named to the D1AAA 2nd Team All-Tournament.

Unfortunately the Club Volleyball Team has no more remaining games or tournaments this season. However, you can find the schedules for at least 5 tournaments next year. Please visit http://recsports.mines.edu/2REC-Club-Sports-Women-Volleyball-Blue or email club-volleyballw@mines.edu for more information on next year’s schedule.

If you are interested in joining the Women’s Club Volleyball team, you’re in luck. The teams are graduating 8 seniors and are looking to fill the void on their rosters with fresh young talent. Please email club-volleyballw@mines.edu for any and all information regarding tryouts for the upcoming fall semester. The tryouts are usually held in late August or early September once the school year gets under way. You can sharpen your skills for tryouts or just have some fun playing volleyball by attending the open gym sessions in Lockridge Arena on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 P.M. for the remainder of the semester.

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