Men’s volleyball: Fall season begins
By Keegan Godwin (TheLorian)
They’re back! The Loras Men’s Volleyball team has officially kicked their season off with their first practice. This practice marks the start of their fall season and begins an exciting new future for the team. The men’s team lost two seniors this year, Joe Berka and Ian Walsh, but welcomed eleven new first years. The new class includes athletes from all over the Midwest and gives hope for a bright championship-winning future.
The team has been following Loras College COVID-protocols and working hard to ensure that they can continue to play the sport they love. One of the main differences volleyball is facing right now is the split practices. Due to a large number of current players on the roster, they are not allowed to have all of the team in the gym at the same time. At the moment, they are splitting the team into different groups and are running two practices led by Duhawk Coach Jeremy Thornburg.
These Duhawks have spent their time since arriving back at Loras College working in the weight room with Coach Edwards. Besides that, they have spent lots of time playing in open gyms and hitting the sand court when they have the opportunity.
The men’s season is still questionable, much like a majority of NCAA regulated sports. However, the team has its eyes on the prize: the conference championship and a chance in the NCAA tournament. Coach Thornburg has made it very obvious to his team: they are not playing just to make it to the conference tournament. They are playing to win it.
The CCIW, the conference where the men’s team plays in, announced the suspension of the women’s fall volleyball season earlier this summer. The official announcement of the men’s season has yet to be released, but everyone is hoping for the opportunity to play volleyball again.