Men’s Volleyball Club looks forward to nationals

Members speak about why they joined the organization

By Sophia Gravatt
On November 9, 2018

Photo contributed by Hunter Linkhart: The Men’s Volleyball Club posed for a picture after a win at the UT Rec Center.The team competed in three tournaments this semester at UT, UNT and Texas A&M.

The Men’s Volleyball Club discussed tournaments and the club as a whole as it concludes the semester.

"In the fall, we usually have three tournaments," club president Hunter Linkhart said. "This year, we competed at UT, UNT and A&M. We won our bracket at UT after a close 35-33 final set. We made it to third place overall at UNT. At A&M, we lost the first round of bracket play, which unfortunately is part of the game."

Linkhart said they usually play schools such as Baylor, Sam Houston or UTSA.

Sophomore Turner Stark said the tournaments went well for them.

"Every team that we should have beat, we beat," Stark said. "There were some teams that were really, really good and they beat us, but we put up a good fight. It was always close."

Stark said he joined the club after he attended one practice session.

"I knew another member, Jacob DeHoyos, going into the club," Stark said. "I saw him with the rest of the club set up at freshman orientation and that’s when I signed up. I went to one of their practices and they kept me. This is my second year playing."

Stark said his favorite thing about the club is competing in tournaments.

"I miss the competitiveness of high school sports," he said. "I’m a competitive person, so going to the tournaments is a lot of fun," he said.

Linkhart said he joined after seeing the men’s team practice two years ago and has loved it ever since.

"Men’s volleyball is very competitive and a sport that is gaining popularity quickly," Linkhart said. "Getting to create friendships here at ASU through a competitive sport has been amazing. I look forward to seeing our team grow together and getting to represent ASU at the highest level at nationals this year."

The Men’s Volleyball Club is a registered student organization at ASU and consists of competitive volleyball tournaments all around Texas, as well as out of state.

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