By Angie Christiaens
For the first time in program history, Boise State’s men’s club volleyball team qualified to compete in the NCVF National Tournament on April 3-7 in Dallas, Texas.
In order to qualify for this tournament, the men’s club volleyball team will have to first attend their conference championships held March 2-3.
Competing under the Pacific Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (PIVA) conference, the Broncos will have to volley for first place, which would guarantee their trip to the national tournament to be completely paid for.
The men’s club volleyball team has been playing in tournaments since last spring competing against other schools from surrounding states.
They’ve been competing very well, finishing in the top three of all tournaments they have played in this academic school year.
The team, with 10 official Boise State students and an excellent coaching staff, has high hopes in the upcoming PIVA tournament and nationals.
Ryan French, a captain and middle blocker for the team, believes the team can make some serious moves toward
“We feel we can finish very high in the PIVA championships and possibly go very far in the national tournament given that we are an unrecognized and unsanctioned club and will be competing in the Division 1 AA with similar school and club teams as ourselves,” French said.
This team is competing to make a statement not only as a program, but to raise awareness at the national level of Boise State having a successful men’s club volleyball team.
“With the group of guys that make up the team now, we are all very athletic, talented, skillful and experienced,” French said. “We feel that this is about time that our school be seen on a national level for something other than football.”
However, this team has done more than just compete in volleyball on the hardwood.
The team essentially functions internally in order to continue playing the sport they all love.
“We are governed by the recreation center and take care of all our registration, paperwork, travel, accommodations and organizing by ourselves via our officers,” French said.
By being a completely self-funded team, the men’s club volleyball team has also been holding fundraisers to earn money to travel to nationals, in the event they don’t place first at the PIVA tournament.
The team has also been active in the community, taking time to volunteer and provide clinics over the summer season in order to spread the passion of volleyweball and to help raise money for their travels.
While their financial struggles persist, the team has showed that time and time again obstacles will not be problematic towards their goals; even if they have to dive a couple of times.
For up-to-date results and to check their progress in the upcoming PIVA tournament and nationals, be sure to check their Facebook page.