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The club team from 1988 on a trip to California to play UCLA, Pepperdine, and San Diego State

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Last Updated: April 2019

Interested in Trying Out for Men's Club Volleyball

 

Men's Club Volleyball will be hosting tryouts for the 2019-2020 season on Tuesday September 10th and Thursday September 12th from 7-9pm in the North Dome of the Joyce Center. If you cannot make both/either of these times, please contact Brian Messina at the email address below.

 

Please stop by at the Activities Fair this Tuesday September 3rd and come talk to current members of the team. We'd love to talk to you about volleyball and the team. We are looking forward to a great year this year!

 

If you have any questions, please contact bmessina@nd.edu. We're looking forward to meeting all of you soon!

Irish Rally to a Better Than Copper Finish in Nationals 2019

 

During my freshman year of Notre Dame Men’s Club Volleyball, there was a rallying cry that echoes in my mind to this day. It was said at every tournament. It was said at every practice. It was the name of our volleyball group chat. “Better than Copper.”

 

That 2016 team fought valiantly, all the way to a Copper bracket championship. But we have continually sought more. Well, alumni, you can rest easy. We did it.

 

The Fighting Irish came into the National tournament as an undervalued four seed, a slanderous betrayal in my personal opinion. It was no matter. The Irish were unfazed. They opened against a tough Indiana team, pushing them to a tight 26-24 loss in the first set and ultimately a loss in the match. The Irish rebounded and fought hard against Florida the fifth seed in the tournament. A gut-wrenching third set loss 15-13 was hard to swallow. However, the Irish finished strong beating a very talented UCSD team in two sets.

 

However, due to the tiebreakers, the Irish had to play UCSD again. It’s hard to beat a good team three times in a row, and it wasn’t meant to be for the Irish. The loss sent them to a consolation bracket for the next day.

 

The Irish came out determined in day 2. The Irish lost their first match to a warmed-up Utah State team in another tough 3-set match. However, they bounced back, beating a strong Michigan State team in 2 sets, guaranteeing a place in the vaunted Bronze bracket. It was a triumph for the team, securing a finish that truly was better than copper.

 

In the bronze bracket, the Irish ran into a tough Missouri team. The Irish fought hard again before suffering another brutal 15-13 3rd set defeat. It was a trying tournament at times for the team, but full of high-quality play from all members.

 

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Senior Middle Blocker and President Jack Waltrich. We will carry his legacy with us forever. However, we have Brian “Old Man” Messina taking over as president. I can guarantee he has full support of the team after earning zero votes against him during the election process. He may or may not have been running unopposed.

 

In all sincerity, it was a great season for the Irish. Returning most of the roster, the Irish are poised for a very strong 2020 season, and I already can’t wait for it.