UW Men's Club Volleyball
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Education develops the mind, while sports develop character.
Creating a community can be done so in many ways. A community with a solidified purpose will last as long as that purpose is mutual amongst the members of the community. The volleyball community has grown substantially at the University of Washington and I longed to be a significant part of it. I wanted to experience team building, progress, and development not only in the classroom. Even though I had to commute 45 minutes to get to practice, I knew the sacrifice would be worth it in the end. To know that there are supporters of this campaign would utterly encouraged me to continue to give back to the volleyball community at the University of Washington in any manner I can.
Your support will certainly positively impact lives in ways you never thought possible.
Expanding Men’s Volleyball in Seattle
We are a club sports program, dedicated to providing our members with opportunities to pursue their passions for volleyball. We are currently focused on fundraising to subsidize the cost of our A Team’s recent trip to Nationals in Louisville, KY. Our starting goal size is $8,500. Once we achieve this milestone, our team's stretch goal is $10,000, which our campaign page highlights in further detail. It was a privilege for our most skilled players to attend such a high-level tournament and, with your support, we would love to continue to make this and many other tournaments accessible to our players in the future.
What We Do
The University of Washington Men’s Club Volleyball program has developed a competitive environment in which participants are able to learn the sport, hone their skills and compete at the highest level in the Pacific Northwest.
Nationals Budget Breakdown
- Travel: $7,600
- Lodging: $1,300
- Tournament Fee: $900
- Miscellaneous: $200
Passion to Play
We pride ourselves on our ability to accommodate the varied skill levels of those who wants to join our club. Having this open door policy allows us not only to reach out to individuals with prior experience, but also to those who have never played volleyball or even a team sport before. Within the last few years, we have developed three teams within our program in order to give each person the level of play that they will best excel in. Our club has benefitted tremendously from the hard work and dedication of our members to learn and improve in the sport of volleyball.
Learning Never Stops
Players of this sport know that learning doesn’t stop when you get on the court. Volleyball provides every athlete with the opportunity to learn many life lessons. On the road to improvement and success, volleyball players learn the importance of communication and the difference between good and bad communication. Volleyball has taught our players what it means to persevere in challenging situations and, above else, how to be a good teammate. In any professional or social setting, it is always important to be able to work well with others. Upon playing this sport, our members will be able to take with them ways to be successful in all their future endeavors.
Growth in the Community
Compared to popular places like Hawai’i or California, men’s volleyball strives to maintain growth and community support in other parts of the country like the Pacific Northwest. Expanding the accessibility of this sport on campus and throughout the greater Seattle area would not be attainable without support from our friends, families, the university, and the local community. As one of the premier men’s volleyball clubs in Seattle, our goal is to continue to grow and maintain a positive impact on the community.
Bump, Set, Hit!
We encourage all students at the University of Washington to come join our Men’s and Women’s Club Volleyball teams. Within the last few years, our men’s program has doubled in membership and we hope to continue to accommodate this growth by providing our members with competitive and accessible opportunities in the years to come!
The 2016 volleyball season was a rollercoaster ride for our team. With many fresh faces, a few injuries and new coaching, our goal to compete in nationals was by no means guaranteed. However, through hard practices, continuous repetitions and a whole lot of stretching, our team was able to overcome the obstacle in our way. No more so was this proved than in the Washington State University tournament in Pullman.
The Pullman tournament was the weekend of February twentieth, and consisted of pool play on Saturday, and then single elimination on Sunday. Our team started off Saturday strong, dominating our pool, despite not having one of our middle blockers. We won all of our games in two sets, with meticulous defense and quick offense. Sunday, however, proved to be a harder day for us Huskies. After fighting two grueling games against Western Washington and Gonzaga A, we advanced to the semifinals against University of Idaho.
As our team took the court to warm up after two hours off, and the fatigue was noticeable. Our passes were not as precise, nor our spikes as aggressive. We took to the court ready for a fight, knowing that University of Idaho was a team on paar with us. Within the first few minutes of the first set, it was clear that we were out gunned. We lost the first set quick, and heading into the second set U of Idaho was carrying major momentum. This was the make or break moment for our team.
We got back on the court, heads still high and ready to focus on playing our game. As the set continued we matched them point for point, kill for kill. Never letting up. We won the second set 25-19 forcing a final set to 15. The third game was just as close to, with each team matching each other in pace. With the game tied at 11-11, we got on a serving streak and brought ourselves within a point of victory. U of Idaho served, our libero passed a great ball to the five foot line, our setter set a quick middle set, and our middle blocker buried the ball on U of Idaho's ten foot line clenching the win for UW.
Though we would end up losing two close sets to OSU in the final, the victory over U of Idaho defined that tournament for us. For at the end of the day, despite a loss in the first set, our resilience and determination brought us back to get the win.
Coming into my sophomore year at the University of Washington I was a mixture of nerves and excitement. I had previously played on the B team last season and had just been put on the roster for the A team. Even though I had played varsity volleyball at my high school in Southern California, I was still anxious about the heightened level of play. Collegiate Club volleyball is the highest level of volleyball that the University of Washington has to offer for men, and I would be playing at the highest level of this club.
Our previous season, my freshman year, I played libero for the club B team. Though last year we didn’t travel, we were able to compete in a local league, Seattle Volleyball Club, and represent UW to the Seattle volleyball community. As a team we put our emphasis on skills building in practices, with endless hours building on the fundamentals. Practicing twice a week and playing league games once a week gave us ample opportunity to put our skills to the test. As the season progressed we stayed near the top of the league and were excited with our second seed placing going into the final tournament of the year. The final tournament for SVC BB proved to be our crowning achievement. After fighting through pool play and many close matches we found ourselves in the finals and won the tournament after our hardest fought match. Our victory then was not only validation of our hard work, but a catalyst, I believe, for why we had a traveling B team this year.
This current season, I was able to join the A team as an alternative libero and as a DS. We traveled to all the major tournaments in the Pacific Northwest and had some amazing finishes, including our second place finish at Washington State University. These finishes qualified our team to move on to nationals, and despite our team suffering several injuries, we decided to compete in Kentucky anyways. The three day tournament was long and gruelling. With early morning games, to late night reffing, I have never spent so much time at a tournament in my life or enjoyed one as much. Though our team wasn’t able to claim victory, we laid the groundwork for future teams to build upon our successes and return to nationals next year, stronger than ever.
Throughout my two years on the club team I have made the most amazing friends, including two future roommates, fine tuned my skills, and expanded my community beyond the people I would have met without the club. This club has given me a second home away from California and reinvigorated my passion for volleyball. My hope is that others can take from this club what it has given to me.
- Austin Hudgens
The University of Washington Men's Volleyball team has traditionally been a tight knit group of young men. The players came from around the same area and had either played against each other or played in similar club programs previously. Over the past two years, however, our club has rapidly expanded under the leadership of our current president Nick Luna, with the addition of a traveling B team and a practice C team. These teams have each also been bolstered by having their own coaches respectively. With new blood and different perspectives and levels at practice, we have been able to greatly expand our love of the game.
The expansion of our program has not just come in the form of more players, but also with an emphasis of inclusion and interaction between the levels. Our regular practices on Tuesday and Thursday nights also incorporate cross team play. Our A and B teams continuously scrimmage each other, as well as compete in tournaments across the Pacific Northwest, while certain practices are devoted to specific position training regardless of team. These changes have better integrated all of our players and allowed for greater mobility between the teams, with several former C team player playing for the B team and B team players for the A team this year.
With this new mixing of experienced and novice players, the UW Men’s Program is looking forward to a bright future and further tournament play by both our A and B teams. Our tournaments this year proved what a tenacious and determined group of young men we have.
Our greatest accomplishment, however, would be expanding the love of volleyball beyond the traditional recruiting base, to the broader University of Washington community and the large number of first time competitive players that joined our club.
John and Debbie Mar
Ken and Donna Hayashida
Angelo and GianCarlo Rufo
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