The MSU Men’s volleyball club will be hosting open gyms this week. Please join us on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7-9 at the IM West Sports Arena. All are welcome, we look forward to seeing everyone at open gyms this week.
The MSU Men’s volleyball club will be hosting open gyms this week. Please join us on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7-9 at the IM West Sports Arena. All are welcome, we look forward to seeing everyone at open gyms this week.
FALL SEASON UPDATE
Welcome Spartans! Whether you are a returning player, incoming freshman or a current student who has not yet played at the club, we look forward to seeing everyone at open gyms this fall. To start off the 2014-2015 MSU Men’s Club volleyball season we will be hosting open gym’s at IM West sports arena starting welcome week. Open gyms are great for all types of players. For returning players it gives you one last chance to freshen up your skills in preparation for tryouts. For freshman and new players to the club, open gyms are a fantastic way to experience what Spartan volleyball is all about, and like returning players help prepare you for tryouts.
Although we do not have exact dates for tryouts yet, they will be held mid to late September. As soon as we have confirmed exact dates for open gyms and tryouts we will update you.
For additional information about the club check out our Face book page “MSU Men’s Volleyball Club” and our twitter feed @MSUmensvball
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Once again we hope to see you all at open gyms this fall starting welcome week!
The 2014 season for the Spartans didn’t quite match the magic that was the 1989 championship season, however it had its share of great moments. It all started with the 24th “Back to the Hardwood Classic” which remains the largest preseason tournament in the country, this year having an impressive 53 teams over two divisions. The Spartans had a strong showing, reaching the gold bracket despite being a very young team with seven underclassmen. In the winter the Spartans hosted the “Holiday Classic” an annual tournament in which many alumni come back to IM West to re-experience the competitive environment that is a men’s club volleyball tournament. The Holiday Classic is less about volleyball and more about the giving spirit and Michigan State Men’s Volleyball family that comes over all of us during the Holidays. This year half of all tournament proceeds were donated to the Lansing area. We also had a food donation box into which many spectators and participants of the tournament graciously donated canned foods.
Spring semester started off with the “10th Annual Battle in St. Joe.” Throughout the day, the Green team ran a clinic for young volleyball players (K-12) from the surrounding area. After the clinic, the Spartans went up against Notre Dame. The game did not go the Spartans way, losing 3-2, but was a great environment and a great match mainly due to the fact that many of the clinic participants came to the game and created an awesome environment for the match. We look forward to participating in the “11th Annual Battle in St Joe” next year. White started off strong, losing in the finals of the silver bracket at the Wolverine Winter Classic, as well as a strong showing in the Big Ten Division 2 round robin.
Like White, Green had a very promising round robin but came up short in the end. Green faced the unusual circumstance of not having head Coach Sante Perelli at the tournament, as well as some minor injuries. Green went 4-5 (6th place) and showed that they could compete against the top teams in the big ten. The first day included wins against Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. The lone loss of the day was an epic match against Wisconsin. Green lost the first set (25-12) but rebounded in resounding fashion to win the second (25-21) and eventually, after the majority of spectators and players in the gym came to our court to watch the battle, lost the third set (23-21) . The Second day included a win against Northwestern, although it also included losses against experienced teams of Purdue and Ohio State. The last match of the tournament was another hard-fought loss against a talented Minnesota team. Green just barely lost the first set (28-26) and made a strong recovery in the second (25-22) but was then defeated in the third (15-9).
The next major tournament of the season was the Hoosier-Illini Classic. The Spartans had a rough first day facing the injuries of setter Colin Ryan (ankle) and middle Jack Ribar (back) but worked incredibly hard, and had an amazing second day going (4-0). On the second day Green defeated, Indiana B, Illinois B, GVSU (#16 ranking at the time), and finished off the day defeating the hosts Indiana in straight sets (25-21, 25-23) to win the silver bracket.
Time heals all wounds, however, the Spartans needed just a little more time as Colin Ryan and Jack Ribar still faced injuries for the Big Ten Championship tournament at Purdue University. Despite these injuries the Spartans, as they always do, played with heart and passion at Big Ten’s. The Spartans started strong with yet another win against the fighting Illini, and a loss against Ohio State in pool play, only to get a tough draw against Purdue in bracket play. The Spartans fought tough but ended the tournament with a loss to eventual champions Purdue.
Next up on the schedule was the MIVA Championship tournament, a critical tournament in deciding seeding for the National Championships. Green started pool play off with a two set win against Notre Dame (27-25, 25-17), Later on in the day the Green team went on to lose to the eventual national champions – UW-Oshkosh in two. Green after a tough defeat rebounded and took down the NIU Huskies in two sets (25-20, 25-21). To finish off pool play, the Green team went up against the Wisconsin Badgers and lost in two, finishing the day with a record of 2-2. The second day started with Green in the Gold bracket facing a familiar foe in GVSU. Unfortunately GVSU came on strong and never looked back beating the Spartans (25-16, 25-21). After the loss the Spartans were dropped down into the silver bracket. The tournament ended in quite interesting fashion, Green, after the loss to GVSU, was set to face off against Minnesota. However, Minnesota ended up forfeiting the match, likely because they were scared of the Spartans, or the 9 hour drive looming over them, you decide. Either way the Golden Gophers decided to forfeit, putting the Spartans in the final against Michigan. However due to the Spartans long drive and the fact that Green had played Michigan many times before the team presidents mutually decided not to play the match.
The final tournament of the year as always is the National Championship. This year the tournament was in Reno, Nevada. On the first day Green went up against Sacramento State (California State University, Sacramento) the #6 team in the country. The match went to three sets and was a battle to the end, but Sac State pulled it out in the third set beating the Spartans (25-27, 25-19, 15-8). The next match was against another highly ranked team in #16 Penn State. It was a battle throughout, but Penn State executed better and won (25-21, 26-24). At this point the Spartans were 0-2 but were playing great volleyball and just came up short against other great teams. The Spartans rebounded and defeated UW-Whitewater in the last match of pool play (25-23, 25-27, 15-9) to finish the day 1-2 and still have a chance at the gold bracket. Catching no breaks, the Spartans drew Cal Poly in a challenge match to start off the second day of the tournament. Unfortunately Jack Ribar (sophomore, MB) aggravated a recurring back injury after the first day of play. However in true Spartan fashion Matt “Buddha” Petry (junior, MB) stepped up and had his match of the year, and along with his fellow middle Eddie Gazaryan (sophomore) dominated the Cal Poly middles. Green fought incredibly hard in a great match against Cal Poly but ultimately Cal Poly won in three sets (25-18, 23-25, 15-8). Green still having a chance at the silver bracket was set to face off against Utah Valley State and Cincinnati in one of the afternoon’s consolation pools. Utah Valley State came out strong and the Spartans fought hard to seal their position in the silver bracket, but couldn’t withstand the Wolverines attack losing in three sets (28-26, 16-25, 11-15). After the tough match against Utah Valley State, the Spartans struggled to beat a strong Cincinnati team losing in two sets (25-19, 25-22). On the final day of the season, and the tournament, the Spartans were set to play Liberty in the first round of the bronze bracket. In a match where the young Spartan team could not muster enough energy on the court after a long tournament, the Spartan Seniors played with incredible passion and courageous effort. Green was unable to send its seniors: Juan Manfredi (Outside, Captain), Mike Gemkow (Outside) and Spencer “Squintz” Johnson (Defensive Specialist), out with a win. This disappointment will be used as extra motivation during the offseason and the upcoming season to ensure that every Spartan senior from now on goes out with a win.
Last but not least, as most of you know, this was the 25th anniversary of the 1989 MIVA Championship team. In late March Michigan State University Men’s Club volleyball alumni and current players came back to East Lansing from all over the globe to celebrate 25 years of life changing experiences, amazing friendships and lasting memories. Many alumni made speeches. The most memorable, however, was the speech by Paul Patyk (Club President of the 1989 team) who reminded former and current players of the great tradition the club has. One thing Paul said in particular that really hit home with those in attendance was that when he played, he viewed the court as his ‘sanctuary.’ Or, in other words, the court allowed him to focus solely on volleyball and temporarily avoid the stresses in life that most of us face. After Paul Patyk spoke, Coach Sante Perrelli was next on the list. Coach Sante’s speech, as usual, came from the heart and had the whole room listening attentively to his every word. Coach expressed how important his family had been to him throughout his life and during the process of building the club program – a sentiment we all share in regard to our own families. Coach, similar to Paul Patyk shared with the current players the rich tradition that the club has and that it is now our turn to keep and build on. Overall it was a great event for alumni and current players to experience and truly see how diverse the club is.
On Sunday April 6th, Michigan State will be hosting a tournament at IM West for all those teams not traveling to Reno for the NCVF National Championship. The entry fee is $125 until Thursday, April 3rd, and $150 afterwards.
Register by emailing email@example.com, and stay tuned for more information.
MSU Green traveled to Bloomington, IN last weekend and came home as winners of the Silver Bracket (good for 17th place). Although this wasn’t the finish the team was hoping for coming into the weekend, they overcame multiple cases of injury and illness to go undefeated on Sunday. For the second tournament in a row, the Spartans were without Head Coach Sante Perelli or Assistant Coach Eric Lazowski.
Pool play on Saturday started well, with the second seeded Spartans handling fourth seeded North Central 25-21, 25-19. Due to some bad luck in seeding, MSU’s next opponent was Illinois State, who ended up finishing 3rd overall in the tournament. Green’s blockers were unable to slow down ISU’s hitters and the match was lost 25-15, 25-21. To make matters worse, starting setter Collin Ryan (Soph) went down with an ankle injury and was out for the remainder of the tournament. Green’s last match of pool play was against top seeded Penn State. During warmups, starting middle blocker Jack Ribar (Soph) injured his hip and was out for the rest of the weekend. Since PSU had beaten ISU earlier in the day, a victory against #12 Penn State would leave open the possibility of winning the pool. So, MSU came out hot and crushed the Nittany Lions 25-15 in the first set thanks to an excellent offense run by junior setter Ian Waugaman (in for Ryan). In the second set, some Spartan errors gave PSU an early lead but the team fought hard to recover before losing the second set 25-23. In the third set, with the possibility of winning the pool gone, the team came out flat and Penn State raced to a 15-9 victory.
MSU’s pool play record of 1-2 was good for third place. The Gold Bracket was still a possibility for the Spartans, but they needed to win their challenge match against the Air Force Academy. In addition to Ryan and Ribar being injured, starting middle Eddie Gazaryan (Soph) and freshman defensive specialist Justin Suh were both struggling with illness. Again, the Spartans were unable to win the blocking battle versus an athletic Air Force team and lost in two sets, 25-20, 25-19.
Relegated to the silver bracket, the Spartans did their best to see Day 2 as an opportunity to improve rather than a disappointment. The team was slow to wake up, but still managed to defeat Indiana B 25-23, 25-23 in the first round. Green started off much better in their second match vs. an Illinois B team that had just upset #18 Northern Illinois. After winning the first set 25-21, the Spartans stumbled in the second set and lost 23-25. The third set proved more challenging than expected when hitting errors resulted in a 14-10 lead turning into a 15-14 deficit. On the verge of elimination, Green kept their calm and sealed the win. Captain Juan Manfredi admitted that “[I] felt nervous after being blocked twice in a row on match point, but [Waugaman] showed confidence in me and it paid off when I got a kill to put us back in control of the match.” In the silver bracket semifinal, Green faced fellow Michiganders #16 Grand Valley State University, who had almost won their pool the previous day by taking eventual champions UW-Milwaukee to three exciting sets. To add intrigue to the rivalry, Green saw a familiar face on the other side of the net in Matt Vander Meer, former Spartan standout and team captain who is pursuing a graduate degree at GVSU. In the first set the Spartans jumped out to a big lead thanks to timely blocks and solid defense. GVSU rallied but MSU hung on for a 25-22 victory. GVSU returned the favor in the second set, using strong serves to win 25-22. In the decisive third set, the lead changed back and forth several times before junior middle Matt Petry (in for the injured Ribar) sealed a 17-15 victory with a block kill in the middle. From the bench, Ribar praised Gazaryan and Petry for “hitting very efficiently throughout the day.” Fueled by their victory, the Spartans took down the home team Indiana in straight sets (25-21,25-23) to win the silver bracket.
Despite less than ideal circumstances, MSU Green fought through adversity on Sunday. As the silver bracket is not the most glamorous of competitive arenas, its very easy for even great teams to lose focus and not uphold a high standard of play. It would have been especially easy to roll over after losing two team leaders to injury. The Spartans overcame these obstacles and made sure that everyone in the silver bracket knew who deserved to win. Waugaman and Petry both did a tremendous job stepping up in the wake of injury, and Gazaryan and Suh also deserve recognition for fighting through illness. The team hopes to have its injured players back soon, but will go in to the Big Ten Championships on March 8th with the attitude that they can win with any lineup they put on the court.
The Michigan State University Men’s Volleyball Club invites alumni and friends to celebrate 25 years of life changing experiences, amazing friendships and lasting memories following the 1989 MIVA Championship. PLAN NOW TO BE THERE! Tickets and gear are currently available for sale HERE!!!
Join us on Saturday, March 29, 2014. From noon to 3pm we will meet at the IM West Arena where good and bad volleyball, a picture on the “S,” and some hearty laughs will convene. Wear your gear! The 25th Anniversary Reception will be held from 7-11pm at the Marriott Hotel in downtown East Lansing.
The 1989 team will be honored and speakers will include Paul Patyk, 1989 Club President, Head Coach Sante Perrelli, Mike Gemkow, 2014 Club President and other Special Guests.
We have reserved a block of 30 rooms (that we need to fill!) at the downtown Marriott at a $125/night. Reserve by March 14, 2014. To secure the rate call 517-337-4440 or click here
Specially designed commemorative MSU Men’s Volleyball Gear Orders will be available for order and delivery at the event. We will forward ordering information soon.
Tickets for the reception are $50; we also encourage an additional $50 donation or more to help fund the MSU Men’s Volleyball Foundation. Just as our club has been the model for others in the last 25 years, this foundation will serve as a model for other clubs to do the same. The alumni directed foundation will provide consistent funding for coaching and volleyball related expenses moving forward. Those making a donation will receive a 25th Anniversary commemorative item (likely a hat). Tickets and donations may be transacted at the IM West or at the door.
For more information about the event, contact this year’s honorary MSU Latvian Leviathan and event organizer, Erik Velme at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the 25th Anniversary Celebration Facebook page. Click here to fill out the Google form below so we can update our alumni database as we roll out the Foundation.
Go Green, go White!
Go Posse, go Greenhorns!
Hope to see you all there!
Michigan State Green traveled to Purdue University this weekend for the Big Ten Round Robin, the official start of the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) season. Green played 9 matches and finished 4-5 (6th place) despite long stretches of good play. The team faced adversity throughout the weekend, most notably in the absence of head coach Sante Perelli, a staple on the Michigan State bench for 25 years. Several teams in the Big Ten join the team in wishing Coach Sante a quick and healthy recovery.
On Saturday, Green dispatched #23 Iowa in straight sets to start the day off with confidence. Their second match was against #7 Illinois, a perennial powerhouse of the Big Ten and the team that last year knocked MSU out of the MIVA Championships. After taking the first set 25-21, Green dropped the second 26-28 via a several errors that let Illinois back into the match. In the third set, Green prevailed in a thrilling 18-16 battle. Juan Manfredi (Gr, OH) noted that “although [we] missed a total of 6 serves on match point in sets 2 and 3, we persevered and took control of the match.” State’s next opponent was #8 Wisconsin, who crushed MSU in the first set 25-12. Green recovered to win the second 25-21, setting up the decisive third set. More and more people around the gym flocked to the center court to watch what became the most exciting match of the tournament: Green lost in heartbreaking fashion 23-21. Afterwards, MSU recovered to defeat Indiana 2-0 and seemed on pace to be among the top finishers. During their final match of the day, however, Green lost 2-0 (25-21, 25-21) to rival Michigan (who Green defeated twice in five set matches earlier this year) despite being the first to 19 points in both sets. Injuries kept vital pin hitters Richard Nzokou (Sr, Opp) and Josh Shaw (Soph, OH/Opp) on the bench, but Manfredi acknowledged that this was no excuse for the dip in quality of play: “In the end it came down to passing. Even if [Shaw] and [Nzokou] were on the court, if we can’t get our setter the ball, we won’t have an effective offense.”
The second day of the round robin began with a match against an experienced Purdue team that made the Gold Bracket at the 2013 National Championships. Again Green took control of the match early, but a passing breakdown at the end of each set lead to a 24-26, 21-25 loss. Next up was Ohio State, the biggest hitting team in the Big Ten. After getting served off the court in set 1 (25-21), Green made a critical adjustment, moving Erik Velkme (Jr) from libero to outside hitter to shore up their serve receive and it paid off. President Mike Gemkow (Sr, OH) commented that “after making some adjustments to combat a tough serving OSU squad, we jumped to an early lead that prompted two timeouts by OSU before they had scored 10 points.” Ohio State made some plays to get back into the match, and stole victory from the Spartans 25-21. MSU regained some confidence against Northwestern, using everybody on the team to defeat Northwestern 2-0. The last match of the tournament was against a surprisingly strong Minnesota team. The Golden Gophers jumped out to a 13-6 lead thanks to several Spartan hitting and passing errors. Thanks to several critical blocks, the Spartans fought back bravely, but dropped the first set 28-26. In the second set, State stayed focused and spent their energy keeping both big outside hitters on Minnesota under control. The strategy worked, and Green prevailed 25-22. Despite having the momentum, the Spartans came out flat in the third set, going down 8-2 and never recovering to lose 15-9.
All of the Spartan victories were team efforts. Collin Ryan (Soph, S) continued to flourish in his transition from outside hitter to setter, especially with connecting to middles Jack Ribar (Soph), Eddie Gazaryan (Soph), and Matt “Buddha” Petry (Jr). Shaw, Manfredi, Velkme, Gemkow, and Nzokou all provided quality swings on the pins, taking advantage of solo blocks set up by the passing game. Velkme and freshman Chris Edwards provided a stabilizing force at libero via leadership and clutch digs. Freshman Vince Karenzi continued to impress as his skills improve the more he becomes familiar with the game. Spencer Johnson (Sr, DS), Justin Suh (Fr, DS), and Ian Waugaman (Jr, S/DS) also made valuable contributions via defense and strong serving.
Green has two weeks of practice to work on their weaknesses before the Hooiser Illini Classic in Bloomington, IN. Go Green!
After a long preseason and a few weeks off, all four Michigan State Men’s Volleyball teams are ready to begin the regular season this spring.
Green started the year off with the “10th Annual Battle in St Joe” in St. Joseph, MI. During the day, the Green team ran a clinic for local young volleyball players (ages K-12). In the evening, the Spartans faced Notre Dame and all the attendees from the day’s clinic showed up to cheer on their mentors. Although the fans had fun, Green lost in five sets to a skilled Notre Dame team out for revenge after losing to the Spartans at last semester’s Hardwood Classic. Still, the experience was amazing for both returning and new members of Green, making it easy to see why heading west to St. Joe’s is such a valuable club tradition.
White has already had a strong start to the year, losing in the silver bracket finals at the Wolverine Winter Classic and posting a record of 2-3 in the round robin play date of an always tough Big Ten Division 2. At the round robin, White showed flashes of brilliance and admirable resolve in rebounding from a loss to Ohio State C by knocking off the heavily favored Ohio State B team in 3 sets.
As always, Posse and Greenhorns continue to improve drastically. Practices are notably more intense as players get comfortable with the game allowing their natural competitiveness to take over. Posse will play a MIVA Division 2 schedule, while both Posse and Greenhorns will continue refining their skill against local competition in the Lansing area.
The 24th Annual Spartan Back to the Hardwood Classic will take place on Saturday November 9 and Sunday November 10, 2013 at IM West and Demonstration Hall on the Michigan State campus. Registration will open Wednesday, September 25. Simply click on the “Hardwood” tab above or follow this link: https://www.msu.edu/user/msuvball/hardwood/hdwindex.html
The Hardwood Classic is the largest preseason tournament in the country and attracts teams from all over the United States. Last year’s tournament featured 50 teams in 2 divisions with Virginia Tech winning Division 1 and Ohio State-2 winning Division 2. The annual MIVA preseason meeting will also take place during the tournament.
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