Women's club volleyball team
Beating our rival Canisius is a grand tradition at Niagara University. The Niagara University Women's Club Volleyball team did just that “ they won against Canisius in their first scrimmage this year by taking three of the four matches.
The club volleyball team has been active for four years now. They play in the NWVCL, Northeast Women's Volleyball Club League, which involves traveling and competing in different tournaments.
At the moment, we're currently getting prepared to host our first tournament here on Feb. 25. As the date gets close we will be posting flyers around campus to get some school support, said team captain and president, senior Gab Nieves.
Everything this team has comes from our strong leadership stemming from Senior Left side Gab Nieves. She is the type of player that every coach loves to have, a hard worker that never quits on the play and is always working to make herself and the team better, said Bryan Jans, head coach for four years.
To qualify for league championships the team must attend at least three tournaments. Various places the team has traveled to are Harvard, Penn, Cortland, UB, and other universities.
The season so far is going very well. Our team this year is primarily freshman and they have a lot of drive and determination. They never give up on a play and they always keep a positive attitude out on the court, Nieves said.
There are 11 players on the team this year, however there can be anywhere from nine to 12. To join, there are tryouts conducted the second week of the fall semester. Practices are held twice a week and are organized around the schedules of the players.
The team always comes into practices prepared and ready to work hard, Nieves said.
The season runs through the fall and spring semester. Tournaments began in October and last until the March, while championships are held in April. The dues are $110 for the first semester, in the second semester dues, depending on the fundraising that took place, can range from ten to $50.
I fully expect this team to be in the playoffs, and have a good chance to be one of the best in the league. This is a strong group in every aspect of the game from defense to offense we have the skill to succeed, Jans said.
The Niagara University Women's Club Volleyball Team will play at home on Feb. 25 during the spring semester.