MCCC’s Volleyball Club could have the home-team advantage on Dec. 5.
The college is hosting a volleyball tournament that Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.
“I love that we are sponsoring the tournament,” Amy Terrasi, Volleyball Club president, said. “It’s a great opportunity to host it, because it promotes our interest in reinstating athletics and simply helps get our foot in the door. It starts to give us a name and build a foundation for us.”
The tournament will be held in the Health Building. Players interested in competing must sign up in teams and pay an entry fee of $75.
Eight local teams have registered so far, Terrasi said.
The top four teams in the tournament will advance to a single-elimination playoff. First place teams will receive prizes.
Officials will preside for playoff games only.
The money earned from the team entry fee will go toward the Volleyball Club and to help support the reinstatement of athletics at MCCC.
“We hosted the tournament to give us a chance to invite teams to our place to play, to bring the community and other students out to watch, and to raise money from team entry fees,” Terrasi said.
To prepare for the Dec. 5 tournament, club members have practiced Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The club team also plays in the local ALCC league on Wednesday nights against other women’s teams.
Despite difficulties in practicing and competing as a whole team, the club has been active since it started up again this fall.
The club team competed in a tournament at Central Michigan University on Nov 7.
“Playing at CMU was a really neat experience. Even though we have all played competitive ball before, mainly in high school, we really appreciated the opportunity to finally play other college teams. After all, that is the number one goal of the club,” Terrasi said.
The Volleyball Club played against other club teams from Ferris State, Wayne State, Grand Valley, Michigan State, and Central Michigan.
“We didn’t win, and we only had six girls all day, because we were invited at the last minute,” Terrasi said. “Not all of our teammates were available that weekend, and some got sick. But considering the circumstances that we were limited in numbers and only had half our starting line up, we did pretty good.”
“Although it was frustrating at some points, we still had a lot of fun.”
The club team is anxious for the tournament they will be hosting.
“I’m looking forward to the competition from other college teams,” Lindsay Kernyo, club member, said.
Club members are also hoping to encourage some school spirit at MCCC.
“We’re excited to play in the tournament. It would be great to have student support from people at our own college,” Candace Salliotte, club member, said.
MCCC students are encouraged to show up and support the team.
“We hope to develop more school spirit. We want the students to know about it so they can come out and cheer on their home team,” Linda Lauer, MCCC trustee, said.
The Volleyball Club is also planning to host another tournament on Feb. 20.
Interested teams are encouraged to register.
What: MCCC’s Volleyball Club is hosting a tournament at the college.
When: Saturday, Dec. 5, beginning at 9 a.m.
Where: The Health Building
Why: To support athletics at MCCC and show school spirit
Interested teams can register for the tournament by emailing Suzanne Wetzel, Volleyball Club Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
•Contact person name
Checks should be made payable to MCCC Club Volleyball for the amount of $75 and mailed to Wetzel’s attention at: Monroe County Community College; 1555 S. Raisinville Rd.; Monroe, MI 48161.