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Horn on far right with current CLU head coach Kevin Judd

Hunter Horn: Where are they now?

02/05/2016, 12:45pm PST
By Monica Lundgren- SCCVL Media Relations Intern

Our second week edition of “Where are they now?” features SCCVL alumni, Hunter Horn. Hunter was a part of the SCCVL during the springs of 2010-2013 at California Lutheran University. During the fall, Hunter was on CLU’s collegiate football team.  Hunter heard about club volleyball his freshman year at Admissions when he checked a box on a survey saying he would be interested in playing men’s club volleyball.  Graeme Bill, who is now a great friend of Hunters, started the club at CLU and emailed the men who had checked volleyball and from there they started a team.  It’s as easy as that!

Hunter remembers his very first practice with the men’s team; he didn’t even know what was happening.  “I walked into the gym in my jean shorts (which were totally in then) and vans, there were eight dudes playing back row threes so I joined in” said Horn.  Little did he know, being the startup of a club would be challenging.  He said that not many people had played before. Only two guys had club experience, but the rest were tall and athletic.  Another challenge that they faced was, that CLU was a far distance from several other schools and matches would get cancelled due to not many teams wanting to make the trek north.  This meant that tournaments where their main resource for playing volleyball. He appreciates that the SCCVL had many tournaments that they drove down to so that they could play teams they probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to play otherwise.  Unfortunately Hunter’s last spring was the last year that CLU had a club team.  Hunter was the team president and once he graduated the club did not continue that next year.  Hunter’s biggest advice for new clubs is, “Keep getting young guys invested in the club so that they can take the President role once the others graduate”.

While there were many challenging tasks in starting and maintaining a club program, Hunter reflected on some great memories with his teammates, who are friends until this day.  One of his favorites stories was when they played at Azusa Pacific University, “It was on the upper floor I had dug a ball and a senior from that year, climbed up the wall, ninja style, and was able to keep the ball in play.” Hunter recalled several stories but what he enjoyed most was how great the competition is at the club level.    

Now to answer the big question of  “Where are they now?”, Hunter is at graduate school at CLU.  With that, he has a year of eligibility and it just so happens that this year marks CLU’s first year in history with men’s collegiate level volleyball team.   When asked how did playing club volleyball prepare you for playing for a collegiate team, he responded, “Club allowed me to expand my game, I came into college with good net skills in the front row as a middle and opposite.  In club, I spent four years as an outside, I got in a lot of passing reps and I found a love for playing back row now”. Hunter is now the starting outside hitter at CLU.  Hunter emphasized how great it feels to transition from being a Knight (club team mascot) to a Kingsmen (mascot of the university).  

When asked what advice do you have for the current teams playing Hunter said that, “Teams should go to nationals if they have the opportunity, it makes for a great experience, we never had the budget to go but I really wish we could have made the trip out there.” His hopes for the SCCVL athletes are that they enjoy the good competition that is out there.  All the teams involved in the SCCVL bring in great talent, which leads to fun competitive tournaments.

 

**Photos courtesy of CLUsports.com**

Where Are They Now?

SCCVL Men's National Rankings

02/04/2016, 7:15pm PST
By Savannah Wedemeyer- Media Relations Intern

This week's national rankings for Men's DI, DII, and DIII have been posted and we are proud to announce that we have a handful of teams in the top rankings.

For Men's DI there are three teams in the top 10 and 6 in the top 25. A huge shout out to Arizona State, Arizona, and San Diego State for making it to the top 10. We also have UC-San Diego, UCLA, and USC making it in the top 25.

For Men's DII there are two teams in the top 10 and six teams in the top 25. Congratulations to Chapman and Loyola Marymount for making it to the top 10. Another shoutout to USD, Azusa Pacific, Claremont, and Point Loma for making it in the top 25.

And for our Men's DIII we have three teams in the top 15 polls. Congratulations to Arizona State "B", UCSB "B", and USC "B" for making it to the top 15.

We would like to congratulate all these teams and are very excited for how this season is looking so far. There is some great competition underway for 2016. Who will be the next Men's Divisional Champions?

Keep up with our scores via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook Page. #sccvl2016

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SCCVL Men's National Rankings

02/04/2016, 7:15pm PST
By Savannah Wedemeyer- Media Relations Intern

This week's national rankings for Men's DI, DII, and DIII have been posted and we are proud to announce that we have a handful of teams in the top rankings.

For Men's DI there are three teams in the top 10 and 6 in the top 25. A huge shout out to Arizona State, Arizona, and San Diego State for making it to the top 10. We also have UC-San Diego, UCLA, and USC making it in the top 25.

For Men's DII there are two teams in the top 10 and six teams in the top 25. Congratulations to Chapman and Loyola Marymount for making it to the top 10. Another shoutout to USD, Azusa Pacific, Claremont, and Point Loma for making it in the top 25.

And for our Men's DIII we have three teams in the top 15 polls. Congratulations to Arizona State "B", UCSB "B", and USC "B" for making it to the top 15.

We would like to congratulate all these teams and are very excited for how this season is looking so far. There is some great competition underway for 2016. Who will be the next Men's Divisional Champions?

Keep up with our scores via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook Page. #sccvl2016

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