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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: October 2018

Irish with a Strong Start to the 2019 Season

 

The Irish began the semester by bidding a fond farewell to Mikey Stefan as he leaves us for this place called Rome that I’ve never heard of. We will soldier on without our favorite, fun-loving team dad. All we can do is our best to gain his approval from across the pond.

 

On the bright side, the Irish welcome back Angelo Liu and Slater Chesser from their time abroad. We’ve missed them on and off the court and are excited to have them for the Championship run.

 

The Irish began their season with the Hoosier-Illini Classic in Bloomington this past weekend. It seemed as if nothing was going to go right for the Irish this weekend at the start. The Irish were seeded fourth out of five in a pool with Illinois and Oshkosh. When they arrived in Bloomington, there was no room at the inn (read as Motel 6).

 

The Irish travelers were able to secure lodging at a hotel that could only be described as the Best Value in America, though still worrying about how bad they might play tomorrow. Ultimately, christening the hotel as its first guests, the Irish were ready to come out firing on the weekend.

 

The first day saw the Irish claiming a monopoly on free volleyball, taking every match to three sets. Illinois and Oshkosh edged out close victories over the Irish. However, the Irish would take care of business against Miami (OH) and Western Michigan. On playing all four matches that day, junior Libero Brian Messina was quoted as saying, “Everything hurts…and I’m in the worst physical shape of my life.”

 

Day 2 proved more difficult for the Irish. Fearing for their lives overnight, the Irish suffered from a sluggish start. Purdue jumped out early and won the match in 2. In the first match of the silver bracket, the Irish ran into an angry Ohio State team also off a tough loss. It was tough going for the Irish with the loss to OSU ending their tournament. Proving how difficult their opening pool was, Oshkosh and Illinois met in the Championship of the tournament, with Oshkosh taking the win.

 

In all, the Irish had a successful trip to Bloomington, setting the stage for an exciting rest of the season. The Irish travel again this weekend to Iowa State for the Midwest 10 Championships, another tough test early in the season. Go Irish!

Irish Ready for 2018-2019 Title Challenge

 

The boys are back! The football team is out to a solid 7-0 record, which is pretty good considering our pedigree as a Club Volleyball school. Anyway, Go Irish!

 

The team is under the direction of new Club President Senior Jack Waltrich. Of greater note is the acquisition of highly-touted equipment manager Senior Jon Reuvers. His high volleyball IQ and ability to dunk are welcome additions to the team.

 

Onto the new kids, the team is excited to add talent at positions all over the court. We add a lot of talent at the pin hitter position. Tyler “Tiny” Bergeron and Adam “Adam” Schulte are joining a talented core of outside hitters. Matthew Johnson is a quality right side who is never going to live down wearing a Kobe jersey to tryouts. Lastly, John Folts is a versatile player who will probably play as much outside as Vince played setter last year (Sorry).

 

Matt “Cali” Kerins joins a talented slate of setters and Mechanical Engineers on our roster (but seriously, why are there so many of them?). Middle blocker Christian Pawelek is another strong addition to the roster. I have no joke for him. Good guy though.

 

The team is anxiously awaiting the return of Slater (#Slater) Chesser and Angelo (#Slater) Liu from their travels abroad and is saddened by the upcoming loss of official team dad Mike Stefan for the spring semester.

 

We are confident that the men’s volleyball team will not be overshadowed by the recent victories of the football team and will firmly establish once and for all that Notre Dame is a club volleyball school. The team is poised to challenge for a championship once more!