The Seawolves made history this season earning back-to-back national championships. They had an outstanding season this year with a 12-3 regular season record, earning them a chance at the national tournament. The team traveled to Denver, Colorado to compete against some of the top teams in the country. The Seawolves were competing from April 18 to April 20 in the NCVF Volleyball Championships.
Just a year ago the team competed and won the national title in 2018. A year later, and the team was crowned national champions once again.
The Seawolves compete against some top-notch schools in their regular season campaign. They played teams such as Santa Clara University, University of California, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of California, Davis, and University of California, Los Angeles..
When talking to club member, Rachel Hadley, it was no surprise that the club has a championship work ethic.
“I think what sets our team apart and why we’ve now won Nationals back to back is that we’re all willing to put in that extra work and genuinely enjoy it because we get to do what we love with the people we love.” The team works very hard each week in order to develop chemistry. They have two set practices throughout the week but often times schedule more time to perfect their craft.
The family atmosphere that the team has gained has lead the club down a path of success and victories.
When talking to Club President Molly Armstrong about the rules of the game she described them saying, “The games in the tournament were the best of meaning that you play two games to twenty-five points and if each team wins one of those then there’s a third game to fifteen to determine the winner.”
The journey through the National tournament was anything but easy. Within the span of three days the team played a total of nine games. When talking to Hadley about the atmosphere of the tournament, she described it saying, “The energy is electric...you’re walking into a giant convention center filled with thousands of people who you share a common passion with.”
Their championship game against University of Wisconsin Eau Claire had its ups and downs. The Seawolves lost the first game but managed to come back and win the second. The third and final tie-breaker was very intense. The club was down 13-11 but managed to inch back and win the National Title. When talking about goals for the program in years to come Armstrong described her hopes when saying, “We are always looking for ways to spread the word about club volleyball on campus.” The teams winning mentality and back to back National titles is sure to draw some attention to new-coming players.
With such a historic two seasons the team is hoping to have another outstanding year as they start their journey next semester.