volleyball at USU worth checking out
By Erin Wadsworth
December 15, 2006 | Set, men's volleyball. Serve, putting
the ball into play. Spike, the club sport you're not
paying attention to.
For most people who enjoy their daily dose of sports,
volleyball is not the sport of choice. But the interesting
thing about this particular men's volleyball team is
their desire to play with no one there to watch.
Don't get them wrong; it's not that they don't want
you to come watch, but they just come to play and play
hard. My first impression of these guys was one of admiration,
who wants to give money out of their own pockets to
fund something unless they're committed to it?
Vice President Wyatt Lamborn says his time spent is
not wasted because it's "just fun." The team practices
twice a week, two hours every practice. This time is
all taken from their busy lives, and because they don't
have any one to do it for them, they must attain uniforms
and plan out their own schedule.
"We're trying to find out when we can use the Spectrum,"
said Lamborn."We're trying to get three or four more
The program has been struggling the last few years,
but this year the team has pulled things together in
order to bring in more support. This year is a building
year, said Lamborn. A small portion of their funding
comes from the university, but the rest they have to
handle on their own or through a number of sponsors.
"We try to raise money as well," said Lamborn."We
do some service projects, like cleaning the Spectrum."
Volleyball.com can give you hints on how to improve
your serving or blocking, but focusing on individual
play skills won't get you far in this sport. You certainly
can't play this game alone. You'd have to serve and
then run toward the net to block, set and then spike
the ball, all the while hoping you don't hit the ball
more than once every time it comes to your side of the
net -- impossible.
These Aggies enjoy traveling together, because this
is when they can spend time getting to know each other
better. The team is comprised of 15 members; 12 travel
and three are alternates in case of injury or sickness.
"We haven't gone on any trips yet," said Lamborn,
"but that's when, last year, the team came together
The players hope to continue getting the word out
about their games, but the season doesn't officially
start until January. Money-raising efforts are going
toward their national competition. This is their ultimate
goal for the season.
"That's what we're trying to raise money for this
year," said Team Captain Logan Oates. "We have nationals
in Louisville, Kent."
If you ever get a chance to sit down with one of these
guys and talk sports, you should take full advantage
of the time. They love what they do, and they want to
get everyone involved. It's always fun to go watch a
team full of players that actually enjoy what they are
doing. I highly recommend showing up for a men's volleyball
game in the near future.
To view the men's volleyball schedule visit www.mwvc.net.