Fairfield, CT- The Men’s Club Volleyball team is looking forward to another year on the court after a disappointing end to last season. For the first time in the club’s history, the team didn’t make the championships as they finished just outside of a playoff spot after their final tournament. This year is a new year, though, as they only lost two starters from last year’s team and added a group of talented freshman. With experience and fresh new talent, the 11-man squad looks to dominate the NECVL once again in search of their first ever championship.
In the end, it will come down to the play of two of the Pioneers’ top players, Eric Peper and Dan Ward. Peper, an outside hitter, has been a focal point of the squad since he joined as a freshman and has led the team to multiple victories in his time at SHU. Ward, the team’s setter, has also performed at a high level since coming on as a freshman and has been one of the Pioneers most versatile players. Add this with the depth of their bench and the Pioneers should have no problem competing with the best of the best in the league.
Over the course of the season, the Pioneers will travel to New Haven twice, as well as, Rhode Island for the Interdivisional tournament. They will play teams from New York to Maine with the league boasting 18 teams competing for the big prize. The biggest competition will come from Marist, last year’s champion, and in-state rival, UCONN. The Pioneers have had trouble with these two opponents in the past, but with a host of new players and the core of their team returning, they will have no problem competing with the top teams in the league.
It will take some time for everyone to gel, but if the Pioneers can find the right chemistry by the start of the season and are able to carry it throughout the year, they should be back where they belong, competing for an NECVL trophy in April.
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