October 13, 2016

Men’s volleyball prepares for upcoming season

If you ever wanted to develop leadership and build organizational skills in a competitive environment, then the Cleveland State’s University’s Men’s Club Sport Volleyball team is the right fit.

Cleveland State offers a variety of club sports and teams on campus, 17 to be exact, including an all men’s volleyball team. With many clubs to choose from, the men’s volleyball team said they exemplify what it means to be a team and to enjoy each other’s fellowship.

Paul All, 23, a finance major and an international business minor, is the vice president of the men’s club volleyball team as well as the captain. Many clubs have something unique and special that they bring to the table, and All says his team stands out more than any other.

“So definitely what is something unique is that we all played volleyball in the past,” All said. “Most high schools usually have all women’s teams and not a lot of high schools have men’s team’s.

” All said that his team has a passion for the sport, adding that they pay their dues and show up to practice twice a week, Monday and Wednesday, for two hours. All noted it’s exciting to see the many different backgrounds of the people on the team and the style of volleyball they play.

The men’s volleyball team relishes the opportunity to travel to different tournaments to see the competition.

“As a club team, we have tournaments,” All said. “For instance on October 8th, we have a tournament at Miami of Ohio University. We’ll be playing teams from around Ohio and some teams will travel from Pennsylvania.”

All also welcomed the fact that Cleveland State would be hosting a volleyball tournament in conjunction with the women’s volleyball team this upcoming February.

If you’re a new student or a student who has been on campus for awhile and you want to get involved with something, All has some advice.

“Simply get involved and simply understand that you don’t necessarily have to be the greatest at volleyball, but if you love volleyball and you have the passion for it, then come out and give it a try,” All said.

Although the team does hold tryouts and many people will not make the official roster, All stressed that if the team sees potential, it will work with you. Many times, if you improve drastically by the end of the semester, you could be put on the starting roster.

“Definitely get involved, get engaged, and just try it out,” All said.


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