By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief
The University of Lynchburg recently launched their women’s club volleyball team, but this organization, its captains, and its players need more funding if they want to successfully serve on and off the court.
Kailey Loewenberg, the treasurer of the team, stated, “Our team would generally benefit from fundraising. In order to get the equipment we need to succeed and to help make our presence more known on campus, raising money and getting donations/fundraising would be very helpful.”
Leigh-Anne Mccormick, the secretary of the team, added, “In regards to homecoming weekend, our team would greatly benefit from financial support from any willing parents or alumni. The equipment that we practice with is old, outdated, and not up to regulation. The varsity volleyball team does not allow us to use their equipment, so we do not have access to a reliable net, poles or a ball pump, and we do not even have enough balls for each player. We have never received enough financial support to provide team shirts, sweatpants, or any other team gear. Our team would benefit so much from financial help, and we greatly appreciate any support that we can get.”
The new team has multiple priorities on their docket.
Loewenberg stated, “On and off the court, our team really focuses on building positive communication and trust for one another. Our lineup can only work if we all trust each other. On the court, the main thing that I offer, as well as the rest of our executive board, is support and guidance. A lot of our members are underclassmen this year, so being with someone who they can ask questions and bounce ideas off is a great way that we keep our team on track and unified.”
Jolie Wiggins, a team captain and vice president, said, “We typically play about three tournaments a semester. We normally travel to other schools for all of the tournaments; however, this past weekend we just had our first home tournament. We play mainly D1 schools as well as a few D2 and D3 schools. We play teams such as Longwood, ODU, JMU, Tech, VCU, George Mason, Mary Washington, CNU, and Radford. When we play in away tournaments, we typically travel the night before the tournament and stay in a hotel room for the night.”
Kaylynn Eagle, the team captain and president, stated, “When I came to the University of Lynchburg as a freshman, I was verbally committed to playing for the university’s basketball team, but some personal things came up and I decided that it no longer was the best fit for me. I then decided to join the club volleyball team as it allowed for me to still be active and play a sport I loved without the overwhelming commitment. This is one of the main reasons I believe that club volleyball should continue here on campus because it allows many girls to be involved in a sport that is just as competitive without over-committing themselves. It is a great opportunity to still be a part of something bigger than myself. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching and helping the girls on the team grow in volleyball.”
Eagle concluded, “One of the biggest successes of our volleyball club has been the growth of each player and how that contributes to the team as a whole. Every single player comes to each practice and game willing to learn more and improve their skills. It is not always easy, as we are all learning as we go, but we work together to better ourselves as a team and as individuals. Accountability is probably the biggest learning experience everyone has had because we are not run by a coach or faculty member. It is purely up to us to make sure we are doing what we need to do, showing up when we are asked to, and getting everything done. This is why it is important to have an executive board because it helps me as the president to have other girls willing to take time out of their day to better our team together.”
If you are interested in learning more about the University of Lynchburg Women’s Club Volleyball Team, please contact Director of Club Sports Benjamin Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jolie Wiggins email@example.com.
Kailey Loewenberg firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kaylynn Eagle email@example.com.
Leigh-Anne Mccormick firstname.lastname@example.org.