Club volleyball starts season with University of Washington tournament

By Dylan Koutsky

Western’s women’s club volleyball team started off their season on Feb. 4 and 5 at the University of Washington’s Business Time Classic Tournament.

Only two games per match were played the first day of the tournament to determine seeds for Sunday’s bracket because of limited court space, co-president Maggie Rogers said.

The team started off the tournament facing off against Whitman College, losing the first game of the match (25-22), but winning the second (25-14), Rogers said.

They continued the first day of the tournament playing against the University of Idaho winning both games 25-20 and 25-14.

They then lost to the University of Oregon’s first team (Oregon Green) in their final match of the day, 25-12 and 25-16.

The club’s performance on the first day placed them second in their pool and earned them a number eight seed in the gold bracket for tournament play the next day, Rogers said.

Having lost many players over the past few months, Rogers said, the tournament was great practice for the “new team” to get in valuable practice, even if they didn’t walk away with the gold.

The next, and final day of the tournament proved to have stiff competition in the best-out-of-three matches.

In tournament play on Sunday, the made the Gold Bracket, Pacific Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Conference Commissioner Chris Roof said in an email.

Vikings started off against Gonzaga University ’s first team (Gonzaga Blue) and lost 25-10, and then 25-15. They then faced the University of Oregon 2 team and lost 25-23 and 25-19.

Western went onto lose against Oregon Yellow (University of Oregon’s second team) 25-23 and 25-19.

The Vikings finished tied for 7th place, Roof said.

Though the Vikings didn’t win the tournament, Rogers believes the tournament was a good indicator of what the team needs to work on.

“It went relatively well considering that it was our first tournament of this season,” she said. “As well as our first tournament as a new team.”

Despite being only being formed as a club in August 2010, the team has done well and played in several tournaments against the other 16 teams in the Pacific Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.

Last year, the team started out at the season with a number eleven ranking in PIVA, but finished off the season in sixth. And this year the team started out in the number eight spot, as they didn’t compete in the first couple PIVA tournaments.

Rogers does see room for improvements on the team though, and if they are made, she thinks the Vikings could be ranked in the top five teams.

“The biggest thing is quickening our offense,” Rogers said. “Our girls have so much potential it’s just a matter of pushing them to that level.”

Overall, Rogers said the playing time this weekend gave the team a better idea of what they need to work on more for upcoming tournaments, the next of which is Feb. 19 and 20 at Sam Carver Gymnasium and the Wade King Recreation Center.

This post was updated 2/8/12.

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