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Nationals 2016-Mens Review

04/18/2016, 10:00am PDT
By Monica Lundgren- Media Relations Intern

We had several Men’s team compete in the top this year at the NCVF 2016 National Tournament.  We asked the club presidents for a conclusion on how their teams did.   

Chapman was the Division II runners-up.  Ben Geleris said, “We came together at the right time and started playing our best volleyball as the tournament progressed and proceeded to go undefeated until the championship. The first two days our average point differential was 9 points for each set. When we got to the championship our lack of depth, since we could only bring 8 players to the tournament, caught up with us and we didn't have the energy to take down an incredibly talented messiah team and we lost in 3”. They will be graduating 6 of their 8 players; Ben Geleris Middle Blocker, Justin Parks Outside, Will Plaugher Opposite, Robert Gallegos Libero, Andrew Jacocks Middle Blocker, and Taylor Braun Setter.      

Azusa Pacific University finished 14th in DIAAA. “We should have won our first match at the tourney against Ball State but lost it, then played the #1 Georgia later that day as well. After a disappointing day 1, we went against a very tough Georgia Tech team in our challenge pool. We weren't ready to play that early in the morning and got crushed. We came back much better in our pool play match on Friday and carried the momentum into Saturday. After being down 12-14 in the third set on Saturday morning versus SUNY-Oswego, we came back to win and kept rolling all the way to the championship match against Stevens Institute of Technology. We had a lead late in the first set of the match, but gave it away and lost it. The second set we got blocked a lot more and just couldn't sideout and lost it” said graduating senior Ryan Anema. Also graduating from Chapman includes Evan Humphrey. Ryan was on the team all 4 years and Evan was on the team for 3 of the years.     

CSULB Men’s also had a great season. Sean McGee concluded, “We beat U Missouri, U Iowa A, and CSU Fresno, all in exciting 3 game fashion. We finished a lot lower than we would have liked to, but it was a good experience for our team since there was only one returning starter on the team. We had two graduating seniors on the team this year. First is the president, Sean McGee, graduating with a Bachelors of Science, Electrical Engineering. He is looking to get a job in the field of study, hopefully working for a utility such as Southern California Edison. The second is Rene Gonzales, graduating with a Bachelors of Science, Health Science. He is looking to further his education receive a Masters Degree in Public Health and to eventually work at the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia.”     

Another team concluding another great club season was UCSB. Senior, Thadeus Niemira , said “UC Santa Barbara enters Nationals coming off a Las Vegas semifinal loss to Cal Poly. We were missing starting middle blocker Madigan Sanders due to financial reasons. Sanders was all-tournament at Las Vegas so it was a glaring omission. After going 2-1 on day one with the only notable game being our loss to Wisconsin, we defeated UC Davis handily in our challenge match to enter power pools. Our power pool included Florida and SCCVL comrades U of A. This pool would end in a three-way tie. UCSB defeated U of A 2-1, despite being down 13-9 in game 3. Florida defeated UCSB 2-1 U of A defeated Florida 2-0.  Playoff featured Florida against UCSB, despite leading 20-18 we missed our next three serves and lost the one set playoff sending us to silver. We would go on to lose the first round of silver to give backups playing time. UCSB's lone senior was yours truly. It is also highly likely we will lose sophomore outside Devon Burki to transfer.”

 

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Women's National Rankings Update

4/1/16 Updated Women's Division I Rankings

04/01/2016, 10:30am PDT
By Monica Lundgren- SCCVL Media Relations Intern

The women's National Rankings have been updated! We would like to congratulate UCSD and UCLA for holding their rank as 14th and 16th consecutively.  We are proud to have SCCVL teams in the top 25!

Also, U of A and UCSB are holding their spots as Honorable Mentions. 

We will continue updating the NCVF rankings as soon as they are released for DII and for the Men's Divisions as well! Good luck at Nationals coming up! 

Congratulations to the 2016 SCCVL Champions!

Men's D1 - SDSU-A

Women's D1 - UCSD

Men's D2 - LMU

Women's D2 - UCSB-B

It was a great day of volleyball, check out the instagram account for videos and photos!

SCCVL 2016 Championship Winners

2016 SCCVL Championship Winners

2/7 Weekend Highlights

Womens DII North and South Highlights

02/10/2016, 9:30am PST
By Monica Lundgren-SCCVL Media Relations Intern

Both Division II North and South Regions had a great weekend of competition for the SCCVL. UCSB hosted the North region and SDSU hosted the South.  

For the North Region, UCSB-B finished in first place being undefeated this past weekend.  Right behind them in second was UCLA-B whose only loss was to UCSB-B with tight scores of 25-23 and 25-20.

CSUCI came in third with two of their matches going to a third set.  These were the only two matches of the tournament to go to a third set.  CSUCI came out victorious with their lucky final score being 15-10 in both matches.

For the South Region, SDSU-B also finished first allowing them to be undefeated at home.  SDSU played in the only match to go to a third set this weekend in the South.  They went to a third set with second place team PLNU.  This was a tight game with scores being 25-22, 21-25, and 18-16.  This set is what determined first and second place this weekend. 

We are glad to see another weekend with great competition.  Keep up with our scores via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook Page. #sccvl2016

SCCVL Championship

Nationals 2016-Mens Review

04/18/2016, 10:00am PDT
By Monica Lundgren- Media Relations Intern

We had several Men’s team compete in the top this year at the NCVF 2016 National Tournament.  We asked the club presidents for a conclusion on how their teams did.   

Chapman was the Division II runners-up.  Ben Geleris said, “We came together at the right time and started playing our best volleyball as the tournament progressed and proceeded to go undefeated until the championship. The first two days our average point differential was 9 points for each set. When we got to the championship our lack of depth, since we could only bring 8 players to the tournament, caught up with us and we didn't have the energy to take down an incredibly talented messiah team and we lost in 3”. They will be graduating 6 of their 8 players; Ben Geleris Middle Blocker, Justin Parks Outside, Will Plaugher Opposite, Robert Gallegos Libero, Andrew Jacocks Middle Blocker, and Taylor Braun Setter.      

Azusa Pacific University finished 14th in DIAAA. “We should have won our first match at the tourney against Ball State but lost it, then played the #1 Georgia later that day as well. After a disappointing day 1, we went against a very tough Georgia Tech team in our challenge pool. We weren't ready to play that early in the morning and got crushed. We came back much better in our pool play match on Friday and carried the momentum into Saturday. After being down 12-14 in the third set on Saturday morning versus SUNY-Oswego, we came back to win and kept rolling all the way to the championship match against Stevens Institute of Technology. We had a lead late in the first set of the match, but gave it away and lost it. The second set we got blocked a lot more and just couldn't sideout and lost it” said graduating senior Ryan Anema. Also graduating from Chapman includes Evan Humphrey. Ryan was on the team all 4 years and Evan was on the team for 3 of the years.     

CSULB Men’s also had a great season. Sean McGee concluded, “We beat U Missouri, U Iowa A, and CSU Fresno, all in exciting 3 game fashion. We finished a lot lower than we would have liked to, but it was a good experience for our team since there was only one returning starter on the team. We had two graduating seniors on the team this year. First is the president, Sean McGee, graduating with a Bachelors of Science, Electrical Engineering. He is looking to get a job in the field of study, hopefully working for a utility such as Southern California Edison. The second is Rene Gonzales, graduating with a Bachelors of Science, Health Science. He is looking to further his education receive a Masters Degree in Public Health and to eventually work at the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia.”     

Another team concluding another great club season was UCSB. Senior, Thadeus Niemira , said “UC Santa Barbara enters Nationals coming off a Las Vegas semifinal loss to Cal Poly. We were missing starting middle blocker Madigan Sanders due to financial reasons. Sanders was all-tournament at Las Vegas so it was a glaring omission. After going 2-1 on day one with the only notable game being our loss to Wisconsin, we defeated UC Davis handily in our challenge match to enter power pools. Our power pool included Florida and SCCVL comrades U of A. This pool would end in a three-way tie. UCSB defeated U of A 2-1, despite being down 13-9 in game 3. Florida defeated UCSB 2-1 U of A defeated Florida 2-0.  Playoff featured Florida against UCSB, despite leading 20-18 we missed our next three serves and lost the one set playoff sending us to silver. We would go on to lose the first round of silver to give backups playing time. UCSB's lone senior was yours truly. It is also highly likely we will lose sophomore outside Devon Burki to transfer.”

 

Where Are They Now

Eric Salwasser-Where Are They Now

02/26/2016, 12:00pm PST
By Monica Lundgren-SCCVL Media Relations Intern

This week’s edition of “Where are they now?” features a more recent SCCVL alumni, Eric Salwasser.  Eric played club volleyball from his freshman year 2011, through his senior year graduating in the spring of 2015 at Arizona State University.   

Once Eric knew he wasn’t going to any school specifically to play volleyball, he knew he still wanted it to be in his life.  He looked online for other options to keep on playing volleyball in college. He found that many colleges had club teams and made sure the schools he applied for had a club team he could tryout for.

ASU has only recently joined the SCCVL, Eric helped bring a lot of change and adjustments to the team.  Eric was Vice President his sophomore and junior year and President in his final season, senior year.  During his senior year, they made the switch from the Mountain West to the SCCVL.  He said, “All of our issues were fixed making that switch.  We were able to save money, play in more games, and play at a consistency higher level against those teams”. 

Eric claims that their biggest challenges were having to deal with budget issues and handling 15-20 college students. He said that the best ways to deal with these tasks are to, “Just be as transparent as possible or try to be.  Let guys know exactly what’s happening and why it’s happening that way.  They’re your peer on the court so make sure you treat it that way off the court when needed”. 

Advice Eric gives to club that are currently in their first or second year is that organization is key but to not let that distract from having fun.  “No one is going to expect much from a brand new team so the bar is low, have fun surprising some teams and blowing them out of the water”.

Eric hopes that the SCCVL continues to have high level competitive teams with frequent tournaments to play in.  According to the scores that have been coming in, we are happy to let Eric know that there is great competition with several teams thriving in each tournament. He also enjoyed the free shoes for conference championship, which the winning team at our tournament in March may receive.

Now to get to the main point of this article.  Where is Eric now? Eric is currently a Vehicle Operator for Adecco at Google.  He is one of the men behind the wheel of the Google self driving cars making sure they are operating correctly and safely.  He can take control if need be.  Life skills that Eric said that he learned by playing club are to work and win as a team through good communication.  The biggest thing Eric took from playing club was to be coachable.  “If someone in a higher position tells you to do something, the faster you can adapt to that the more you’ll succeed”.

Eric loved being able to have volleyball be such a big part of his college time as well as his life.  “Being able to translate the skills and passion you have/had for volleyball in college can really help make you stand our when applying for jobs”.

Some of Eric’s favorite memories is having road trips in cars that “aren’t big enough for volleyball players” and the tournaments that those road trips lead to.  A close favorite memory for Eric was finishing second at Nationals for his last game of his career was really special to him.

Also, Eric is the current coach of Stanford’s club team and he is looking forward to seeing everyone at Nationals!

2/20 Weekend Highlights

Men's DI and DII Weekend Highlights

02/22/2016, 5:00pm PST
By Monica Lundgren-SCCVL Media Relations Intern

This past weekend had both Men’s DI and DII action.

For Division I, it was the DI North’s last regional.  UCLA is announced the DI North Region Champions.  They now have an automatic berth to the SCCVL Championships.  SDSU and UCLA are now the first teams locked into the tournament.  The remaining four will be determined after the Men’s DI crossover. 

Division II had a crossover this weekend with a battle between the South and West.  USD went undefeated at home coming out on top at the tournament.  They had a tremendous marathon against APU with the first set victory of a score being 37-35.  Then continuing the momentum by winning the second set 25-19.  Close behind USD was Cal Poly Pomona with their only loss being to USD.  CPP had half of their matches go to third set this tournament against PLNU and SDSU-B.  They won both games 15-10 and 15-11 consecutively. 

Another weekend of great competition just gets us excited for our SCCVL Championships. Keep up with our scores via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook Page. #sccvl2016

NCVF National Rankings 1

SCCVL Men's National Rankings

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

‚ÄčThis 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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