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1/27/16 Irish Start Strong

On January 24, the ND Volleyball Club Team participated in its fist tournament of the season in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In spite of not having key players, like its captain Steven Dusing, the team strived and went on till the final four of the gold bracket of the tournament. Along the way the Irish won 8 straight sets, beating Michigan State B Team, BGSU, and other two teams. In the quarter finals, the Irish lost in a well competed game, 31-33, 25-22, and 15-11, to the alimni team of Eastern Michigan.

Throughout the tournament, the team was able to experimented with diffferent line ups, and test where it was at in comparison to other club teams. As a matter of fact, the ND club volleball team was the only one to make it to the final four. The other final four teams were alumni teams, while no other club team felt short. 

Again, there is room for improvement, but the team was able to show what it is made up. 

 

10/10/15 Irish Select New Leadership 

With the season drawing to a close, the team looked to the future with boisterous elections to determine the outlook of the team in the following year. 

President: Spencer Castillo

In an absolute landslide Senior Spencer Castillo was elected to become the team's fearless leader.  He brings with him a long history of competing at a high level and a deep understanding of the game.  Here's to hoping that he doesn't suffer another back injury while carrying the burden of leadership. 

Vice President: John Rumer 

Ignoring term limits and throwing caution to the wind, senior John Rumer was elected to be the vice president for another season.  With a management style that's more Dan Quayle than Dick Cheney, John continues his strategy of picking his spots carefully, and exerting effort only when absolutely necessary. 

Treasurer: William Morganlander 

More familiar with boson particles than budgeting, neophyte sophomore William Morganlander was selected to handle the team's finances for the upcoming year.  His relative inexperience can be viewed as a positive as its doubtful he'll know how to embezzle funds from the club. 

Secretary: Michael Morris

In what was the easiest choice on the ballot, sophomore Michael Morris was selected to a position that primarily just has to edit this webpage.   He plans to inflate his stats when transcribing them, and only post pictures of himself.  

 


10/17/14 Irish Prepare for First Tournament

On November 8th, the Men’s Club Volleyball Team will compete in the the Flyer Classic, at the University of Dayton, Ohio. After a few weeks of practice, the team is starting to synchronize with its new members and is looking good. On another note, Junior Spencer Castillo returns to practice after being out for a year due to a various injuries. The team hopes to have him back at a 100% as soon as possible. The team also expects Sophomore Max Balzer, who will undergo surgery next week on his knee, to be back to full health by the start of the Spring season.  Results and summary of tournament will be posted on our website after the tournament.  GO IRISH!

 


10/10/14 Young Talent Strengthens Team

After losing five key Seniors last season, the team gets recharged with young talent.

This past month, the ND Club Volleyball Team hosted try-outs and selected seven new members for its squad. Among them, Junior and former practice-player, Kevin Weithers and six Freshmen.

The six selected freshman will stablish a strong foundation for an elite team  for years to come. Anthony Daegele and William Morgenlander, defensive specialists, will help establish cosistent passing and active defense. Michael Morris, with his impresive setting, will look to keep the opponent's blockers and defense on thier toes. Teddy Edwards and Ben Dalgarn will look to fill the team's vacancy at the Middle Blocker position, left by the graduation of former middles: Scott Canna, Ronnie Seman, and Kevin Timperman. Nicholas Pittman, a man with an incredible verticle will look to bolster the offense at the outside hitter position.

 


4/5/14 Notre Dame Wins Pool Play at Nationals, Loses in Silver

The Fighting Irish were seeded 4th in their pool play at Nationals this year, coming off a disappointing showing at MIVA's.  With starting outside Carl Nolet back to health and setter John Rumer recovering from a hand injury, the Irish looked to have a better performance at Nationals.  They started off the tournament well beating Maryland and USC but losing a match to Cincinnati in 3 games.  But since there was a three way tie for first, the loss in 3 games instead of 2 to Cincinnati put Notre Dame one game ahead of any other team in the pool, and they took the first seed going into the Gold Bracket Pool Play.  They started off the next morning by beating Illinois in 2 games, but lost a match in 2 to Sacremento and two very close games with the score of 25-23 both times.  This resulted in another tie breaker match, and the Irish had to play Sacremento again.  They could not pull out the win and would compete the next day in the Silver match.  The final game was played against Michigan by many of the graduating seniors.  The Irish did not advance, but everyone got to play, even Scott Canna who had been injured all season.  The Irish will be graduating 6 seniors in the fall: Brian Bucciarelli, Scott Canna, Liam Gallagher, Patrick Laskowski, Ronald Seman, and Kevin Timperman, in addition to losing architect Luke Ladowski for one year as he studies abroad in Rome.  The team wishes the graduating seniors the best and look forward to a rebuilding year with anticipation of much new talent in the incoming class.  There are many holes to fill on the team, but the Irish are hopeful for another great season with the hopes of competing in the National Championship again like they did in 2011 and 2012.

 


2/23/14 Notre Dame Upset in Hoosier/Illini Classic

Notre Dame entered the Hoosier/Illini Classic as the number 2 seed in their playoff pool.  The team had a strong start Saturday morning against Purdue B, winning the match in two games.  Their success followed into their next match against Northern Illinois-Chicago, maintaining their perfect tournament record as they prepared to play the number 1 seed in their pool, Virginia Tech.  Notre Dame closely won the first game, but was handily beaten the second game. Regaining their nerves, Notre Dame came out and won the match against Virginia Tech, putting them in a challenge round against Missouri.  Beating Missouri gave ND the 2nd overall seed in the Gold Bracket Playoffs.  They hoped to enter into Sunday and continue their undefeated match record against Illinois State.  However the early morning game was again a problem for the team.  As in the Back to the Hardwood Classis, Notre Dame was upset in their first Gold Bracket game, resulting in a very short morning.  Apart from Sunday's performance, the team was pleased with their play this weekend.  They look to prepare for the upcoming Midwest 10 Round Robin Conference Tournament at NIU next weekend, and figure out a way to bring their A-game to the second day bracket play.

 


1/18/14 Victory at the House of Noise

After being defeated by Michigan State earlier this year in the Hardwood Classic, the Notre Dame Men's Club Volleyball team came to play Michigan State again at the annual House of Noise Match with a desire to win.  Lacking the same two key players as they were in the Hardwood Classic, Scott Cana and Spencer Castillo (who are questionable to return for the remainder of the season), the team knew that their playing style would have to be smart and scrappy in order to beat Michigan State.  The first game was won by Michigan State as Notre Dame struggled to communicate on the court and committed a good amount of errors.  The second game started the same way, but near the end, the team pulled together and came out with a win.  Middles, Kevin Timperman and Ronnie Seman (cheered on by his fans), were essential to the win.  The next two games followed suit, Michigan State winning the third and Notre Dame winning the fourth, which took the match into the tie breaker 15-point game.  Notre Dame took and early lead and came out on top, reclaiming their title as Victor of the House of Noise.  The team now continues preparation for their Conference Championships and Hoosier-Illini Classic near the end of February.

 


11/10/13 Hardwood Classic Shows ND Potential This Year

Despite not advancing in the playoff bracket like the team had hoped, the Notre Dame Men's Club Volleyball team had a great showing at the Hardwood Classic that showed the potential the team has coming into this season.  The team was able to compete in the Gold Bracket, despite the injuries of key players: Scott Canna and Spencer Castillo.  Freshmen Max Balzer and Carl Nolet, stepped up this weekend and did great jobs filling the necessary roles of Middle Blocker and Outside Hitter.  Sophomore John Rumer was also a heavy contributor to the success of the team.  His excellent sets enabled the offense to exploit weaknesses in the opposition's blocking defense this weekend.  The team's success with its limited roster during this tournament can only be taken as an indication of what it may accomplish with a full and healthy roster, which it expects to have coming into the spring tournament season.

 


10/5/13 ND adds Four Freshmen to Roster

The Notre Dame Men's club volleyball team looked to replace their four graduating seniors this fall with young talent.  The team brought on four freshmen at this years tryouts with a diverse skill set that they expect to utilize this coming season.  The four freshmen include:

Dan Andree: A right side hitter from Colts Neck, New Jersey.  As the only left-handed player on the club team, Dan will add a new dynamic to the team.

Max Balzer: A middle blocker from Holleywood, California.  Max will have to quickly learn the pace of college volleyball as he looks to fill a large hold in the club roster after the graduation of starting Middle Jim Waclawik and in anticipiation for the graduation of the remaining three middle on the team who are all current seniors.

Jorge Diaz: An outside hitter from San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Jorge has a powerful jump serve and attack that will be much needed this season without starting outsides Kevin Padden and Robert Bauer who both graduated last year.

Carl Nolet: An outside hitter from Laguna Nigel, California.  Carl is a very skilled player at multiple positions on the court and adds much versatility to the roster.  The team expects Carl to be an important factor in this season's success.

 


4/15/13: ND Takes 1st in Bronze at Dallas Nationals

This past week, the Notre Dame Men’s club volleyball team competed in the NCVF National Championships located in Dallas, Texas. While the Irish finished the tournament with a record of 7-3, the three losses came at tough times, and the Irish were not able to compete for the gold medal again. However, the team did come together on the last day to secure the bronze division, defeating Chico State in a three set match.

On day one, the Irish opened up with back to back wins against Buffalo (25-11, 25-22) and Northern Arizona (25-18, 25-20). The Irish then played Cal in a 2012 National Championship rematch. Cal won the game using aggressive jump serves and lock down defense as ND lost in two sets (13-25, 24-26).

Day two opened up with a tough loss against UC Irvine. Irvine tirelessly dug every Irish swing, and was able to secure a comfortable victory as ND lost the match (20-25, 19-25). ND quickly bounced back with a win against Rice (25-21, 25-18) and then had one game left to determine final day seeding. Spectators asked “Who is Notre Dame going to beat”, to which the Irish said, Ohio State. Unfortunately, Ohio State came out swinging and won a close match in three (25-23, 24-26, 8-15), and the Irish were left to compete in the bronze division on championship day.

ND went perfect on Saturday though, defeating Cincinnati (25-20, 25-18), USC (25-21, 25-22), Rice(25,22, 25-20), and Chico State (25-18,23-25, 15-11) to take first place in the bronze division. ND was carried all day by the stellar play of Kevin Padden, Brian “Booch” Bucciarelli, and senior Patrick Condon. There was also a tremendous amount of support from the loyal ND parents, who traveled from all over the country to support their favorite men’s club volleyball team! The Irish ended on top of the bronze division, and ended the season with a memorable game for the seniors.

This tournament marked the end of the season for Notre Dame Volleyball, which means that the team will have to say goodbye to its three beloved seniors – Kevin Padden, Jim Waclawik, and Patrick Condon. Kevin Padden, team captain and 2011-2012 NCVF All American, will be missed both for his ability to make big plays on the volleyball court and his ability to manage games, plan seasons, and lead a team. Jim Waclawik’s high energy and stellar swings in the middle will be missed – and the team will most likely struggle to find a new member who rocks tear away pants like he does. The third senior, Pat Condon, leaves ND Men’s volleyball with a new “BreakDown” cheer that will likely stay with the club for a long time. His enthusiasm and energy will be greatly missed.

All in all, the ND Men’s Volleyball Team put together a great season. Thanks to all the fans, friends, and family members who were with us along the way! Go Irish!

 


3/24/2013: Irish Take Silver 1st at MSU MIVAS

The University of Notre Dame men’s club volleyball team traveled to Michigan State University this past weekend to compete in the MIVA tournament. Plagued with injuries and illness, the Irish were left to play without middle blockers, Scott Canna and Jim Waclawik, and outside hitter Spencer Castillo. Despite losing notable players, Notre Dame was able to play well and took 1st place in the Silver Division behind the spectacular play of Middle Blocker, Kevin Timperman. Timperman, a native of Centerville, Ohio, finished with an incredible performance against Northern Illinois University as he helped the Irish secure the Silver championship. Other notable performers were outside hitters Kevin Padden and Luke Ladowski, Libero Liam Gallaghar, and Right Side Steven Dusing.

On Saturday, the Irish struggled to adjust to a shorthanded roster. After a narrow victory against Adrian College, ND lost its next three matches to the University of Illinois, Grand Valley State, and Ohio State (See Scores).

Sunday started with another loss, this time to Lakeland College. That loss put the Irish down into the Silver division bracket – where they defeated Ohio State in two games, and then moved on the championship match after their semifinal match was forfeited. The Irish defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies in straight sets. Kevin Timperman blocked everything in sight, as he led both the offensive and defensive efforts at the net. Libero and D.S. Liam Gallaghar and Brian Buccerralli played stealer defense and were able to help the Irish offense swing efficiently and effectively.

The Irish now have two weeks to prepare for the NCVF National Tournament in Dallas. ND will look to content for a national championship so it is imperative that these two weeks are spent recovering, healing from injury and sickness, and preparing for the final push at the end of the year. 

 


11/2012: ND Men's Club Volleyball Takes 2nd at MSU

The Notre Dame Men’s Club Volleyball team looked to start off the 2012 – 2013 season where they finished last year at the NCVF Championships. The defending national champions headed to Michigan State’s annual “Back to the Hardwood Classic” tournament and took second place out of 24 division 1 club men’s volleyball teams. The team returned five out of seven starters, including All Americans Rob Bauer and Liam Gallagher, and while there is room for improvement, the Irish started off the season with a strong initial showing.

            In pool play on Saturday morning, the Irish played lights out, beating SUNY Buffalo, Central Michigan, and Minnesota – all in straight sets. Backed by the stellar play of NCVF Player of the Year Rob Bauer, club president, Kevin Padden, and upper classmen middles Jim Waclewik and Scott F. Canna – the Irish took care of each game early and allowed several freshmen to get some in game experience. Freshmen setter Johnny H. Rumer, outside hitter Luke Ladowski, and right side Spencer Castillo all saw significant playing time on the first day of play.

            The defending national champion Fighting Irish had another strong performance during power pools as they first defeated the Air Force Academy in a high flying, hard hitting battle. Defensive specialist Brian Bucciarelli carried the defense throughout the game and was able to containi Air Force big outside hitters.

            During Sunday’s bracket the Irish started out strong again, defeating Iowa, Purdue, and the University of Illinois all in straight sets. Freshman, Spencer Castillo played especially well. “He played like a crafty vet. His beach skillset came to the forefront today”, said Club Captain and President Kevin Padden, “Usually all we do is block and dig, but Spencer brought something else to the table and it was palpable”. Unfortunately, the Irish fell short to Virginia Tech in three sets in the championship match. Down 20-15 in game 1, Notre Dame fought back behind the strong hitting of Bauer and Padden and defense of Buccerrali and Castillo to win the first game. Virginia Tech got ahead in game 2 again, but the Irish could not fight back again, losing the second set 21-15. Set 3 started strong for the Irish with 4 straight points off of big blocks and digs from Kevin Padden, Scott Canna, and Bucciarelli. However, the relentless combination of big blocks and strong serves from Virginia Tech were too much for the Irish – who loss the third set 15-11. Overall, it was a great math with lots of action to entertain the sell out crowd. “Both teams played hard”, senior Pat Condon said. While falling short in the championship match is always disappointing, the Irish have a lot to look forward to. The strong freshmen class showed that they will be major contributors to the team this year, and junior setter Patrick Laskowski showed that he has the skills and leadership ability to control the high-powered Irish offense. With a good start at Michigan State, the Men’s Club Volleyball team will look to compete for another national championship again this year. The box scores are listed below.   

                             


09/2012: ND Men's Volleyball Picks New Freshmen

Last week, the Men's Club Voleyball team had one of the best tryouts in recent years. We decided to take 4 new freshmen to join the team. These freshmen are: 

Spencer Castillo, Outside Hitter form San Diego California. 

Andrew Lee, Libero/Defensive Specialist from Honolulu Hawaii. 

John Rumer, Setter from Thousand Oaks California

Luke Ladowski, Outside Hitter from Lysle Illinois. 

The four new freshmen will all make an immediate impact on the court for the Irish this year, helping us make another run at the National Championship. 

More information about the players will be posted soon on the Roster Page. 

 


02/2012: Notre Dame Wins the Hoosier-Illini Classic

The Men's Volleyball team returned home with another trophy this weekend as they won their second tournament of the year at the University of Illinois in the 'Hoosier-Illini Classic'. Opening with pool play on Saturday, Notre Dame got off to a good start by beating the University of Illinois-Chicago in straight sets (25-22, 25-29), followed by a hard fought win over Pittsburgh in three sets (25-23, 23-25, 15-10), but Ohio State was out for revenge after the Irish beat them twice in the Fall, and nothing went right in a 16-25, 20-25 defeat to the Buckeyes. This loss put Notre Dame in second place in the pool, and they would have to beat Ohio State's B team to earn a trip to the Gold bracket. After a tough first game, where again, nothing seemed to go Notre Dame's way, the Irish bounced back to defeat the Bucks in three sets (22-25, 25-21, 15-10).
 
An early, 8 am start on Sunday against the University of Illinois-B team was exactly what Notre Dame needed to get the Irish back on track, and after routing the Illini in straight sets (25-14, 25-19), the Irish were set to face Michigan State for the first time this year. The Spartans had just knocked off #3 Indiana to advance to the quarterfinals, but nothing was stopping this Notre Dame freight train, and the Irish rolled MSU (25-19, 25-19).
 
For the second straight year, Notre Dame squared off against #1 UW-Oshkosh in the Semifinals of the Hoosier-Illini Classic, and this time, it was the Irish who were out for revenge after losing to the Titans in the National Championship game last year, and again two weeks ago at the Conference Play Day at Marquette. It was a thrilling match from start to finish, and the Irish exacted their revenge in a wild, three set match, winning 26-24, 21-25, 15-11. While the sour taste of the Irish's trip to Marquette two weeks ago was washed away after they knocked off #1UW-Oshkosh in the tournaments semi-finals, another challenge lay ahead as #5 Illinois awaited them in the finals.
 
Not a single player on this Irish team has beaten the University of Illinois-A team in their career, and the Illini also had a huge amount of support from the home-town fans in attendance. However, Notre Dame opened up a quick lead in the first game, and completely removed the crowd from the action. Illinois seemed out of energy, and the Irish went on to a 25-17 victory in game 1. In the second game, the Illini seemed to find a spark though, and the tables turned on the Irish as Illinois sprinted to a 25-15 win. After all of the drama and excitement that the weekend held for this tournament, the decisive game three of the championship game certainly lived up to expectations. In what was supposed to be a game to 15, neither team had any desire to lose, and the fight was intense as both teams traded points well beyond a normal game 3 score. Notre Dame's defense was spectacular the entire weekend, and it proved to be the deciding factor as the Irish finally finished off their opponent 25-23.
 
This weekend was a huge success for the #2 ranked Irish, and as this team hunts for a National Championship, beating top ranked teams like Oshkosh and Illinois is a giant step towards that goal.
 
 

11/2011: Notre Dame Wins the Back to the Hardwood Classic

The men's volleyball team took to the courts at Michigan State on saturday for the first tournament of the year. The Irish, who placed 2nd at nationals last season, we're looking to start things off with a bang, and in pool play, they did just that, dominating College of Dupage (25-11, 26-24) in the first match of the day.
 
Bowling Green was the next opponent to be tossed aside by the Irish when they were beat down by a slew of underclassmen, led by sophomore libero Brian Bucciarelli, en route to a victory (25-13, 25-16).
 
The next challenger to face the Irish was national power Ohio State. Serving errors plagued the buckeyes, however, and behind the big arms of Kevin Padden and Rob Bauer, the Irish won the pool with the victory over OSU (25-14, 20-25, 15-9).
 
The next opponent looking for the Irish was last years 3rd place finisher and in state rival, Indiana. The Hoosiers were a dominant team last year and brought back most of their starters, much like the Irish, and this matchup would be key for seeding in Sundays tournament play.
 
The Irish came out swinging, and Tom Johnson showed his might at the right pin with monster blocks and explosive kills. The story of the match, however, was in the superb defense and serving that the Irish put on display. Libero Liam Gallagher, along with Bucciarelli and outside hitters Padden and Bauer, gave Indiana fits all night with their incredible digs. Follow that up with Steve Walsh's big jump serve, and the recipe for success was complete. The Irish won the signature match of the season thus far. 25-18, 23-25, 15-13.
 
Entering pool play on Sunday, Notre Dame was set to face off against Purdue, and even with the slow morning start, the Irish put away the Boilers with ease, 25-18, 25-15. Northern Illinois was up next, but they too didn't stand a chance as they were dominated, 25-19, 25-15.
 
However, the next match would prove more difficult since the Buckeyes of OSU were back for more. In this semifinal matchup, the Bucks were hitting their serves well, which was frustrating the Irish. However, behind team captain and setter, Joshua Rehberg, Notre Dame was able to overcome the hard swings of Ohio State and win the match 25-23, 24-26, 15-13.
 
In the tournament finals Notre Dame squared off against the Badgers of Wisconsin, who added several big time freshman to their team. Coming out of the gates, fatigue had obviously caught up with the Irish, who had difficulty keeping up with the big hitters and well placed serving of Wisconsin, and the Irish dropped the first set 18-25.
 
Facing elimination and a second place finish, Notre Dame trailed 17-13 in game two, and their fate seemed sealed, however, with Gallagher making incredible dig after incredible dig, and Padden making huge blocks, the Irish stormed back to take game two 25-23.
 
The Irish carried this momentum into the third game and absolutely dominated the Badgers in every aspect of the game, blowing their doors off in a 15-3 beat down to claim first place at the Back to the Hardwood Classic. This is the first tournament the Irish have won away from home in recent memory, if not the first ever. After the finals match, injured middle and pseudo coach Scott Canna put the victory into words, "Both teams played hard."
 
This Notre Dame team is looking to finish one spot better than last year, and claim the programs first ever national title, and this is a great start to achieving that goal. The 9-0 Irish will be a force to be reckoned with all year, and this is only the beginning. As Kevin Padden said, "All we do is block and dig. Schrempf," and if the Irish can continue to do that, then they will be on their way to another record setting season.
 
 

09/2011: Notre Dame adds Players

The University of Notre Dame Men's Volleyball team added some young talent in Opp/MB D.J. Valenti, as well as fellow freshman OH Steven Dusing. Sophomore Kevin Timperman also joined the team and will add to the Irish depth at MB. The core of last years National Runner-Up squad returns for an opportunity to take the Gold in 2012.