Central women’s club volleyball excels at national tournament

Central Michigan University women's club volleyball team finished fifth in the Division 1 AA bracket in Houston, Texas.

Returning to Michigan April 10 with a fifth place title in the Division 1 AA bracket out of 48 teams in their division, Central Michigan University women’s club volleyball team was beyond words.

Three of their players received national honors; Danielle Sheridan was honored with all-tournament first team, Club President Hillarie Carlson was named to the all-tournament second team and Vice President Lindsey Thompson received honorable mention honors.

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The road to top 10 in the nation was not easy. There were 180 men’s teams and 156 women’s teams that were playing in the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) tournament. Overall there were 1,233 total games played during the three-day tournament.

Central’s club volleyball team had their share of struggles and victories this past year. An entirely new team of players were brought together with one common goal– victory. This self-funded club is based solely on dues, donations and fundraising opportunities to help them be as competitive as possible.

“It felt like we have been playing together for years,” President Hillarie Carlson said.

The team took second place at the University of Illinois-Chicago tournament, the Grand Valley State University tournament as well as their own home tournament.  The preparation all led up to the national tournament in Houston, Texas on April 8 and 9. The team has played in nine tournaments in the past year, including the national tournament.

“We just have a great group of girls who love to work hard,” Club Volleyball Secretary Amanda Keating said.