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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 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!

Irish Rally To A Better Than Copper Finish at Nationals

 

It seemed as if everything was going against the Notre Dame men’s volleyball team heading into the 2018 season. Great player and better Social Chair Teddy Edwards suffered a freak injury that left us without him for the season. Did it happen so he would have an excuse not to hang out with us? We may never know, but either way this writer isn’t convinced.

 

The Irish, after busting brackets on their way to a 3rd place finish in the MIVA Championships, came into Nationals at a very underrated 46th place. The Fighting Irish were not to be discouraged, however. The Irish plug walked their way into the hearts of the fans in St. Louis.

 

In a very Michael Morris-esque move, Dad (read as William Morgenlander) missed Day 1 in order to handle ‘real life’ responsibilities. The team had to soldier on without him and turned in a solid performance on Day 1. On Day 2, the Irish turned it on after a tough morning loss to Penn State. The Fighting Irish came out top in their group to go into the Silver bracket on the final day with wins over UTSA, UC San Diego, and Illinois.

 

There was no finer performance than when Sophomore Brian Messina showed off the front row prowess that so many of us have been waiting for out of him. Down 30-31, UC San Diego dared to challenge the block of Messina and on the final play of the set, the UCSD player was so intimidated by the block in front of him that he skied the ball, handing the Irish the set and the match in the process.

 

The final day saw the debut of ‘Team Future’ who played well in their first match as a unit. After a first set working out the kinks, the second set was tightly contested. Our seniors were able to take a bow in their final match, leaving behind a lasting legacy on the Notre Dame program. On the whole, this writer can only describe the performance by the Fighting Irish that weekend as ‘electric.’

 

It is with a sad heart that we say goodbye to our seniors. Teddy Edwards was the most elite Social Chair in Notre Dame’s history, and his jersey will be hanging in the rafters forever. Mike Rossetto, our favorite chill father, will be missed on and off the court.  We bid a fond farewell to RA Ben Dalgarn, whose unforgettable three days in Kansas City have left a lasting impression on all of us. For his workout regiment that kept us in shape all season, we will miss Nicholas Pittman and his saucy sandwich-making skills. Last but not least, we will miss President William Morgenlander even if we’re pretty sure he’s leaving us to use his last two years of eligibility elsewhere.

 

This writer can assure you that the loosest team in America will be back again next year- ready to bring a trophy back to South Bend.