Club Sport of the Month
Another month has come, which means another Auburn Club Sport to be recognized. For the month of March, we have highlighted the Women’s Club Volleyball Team. I had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica Issiac, the president of the club to find out more information about the team. Here is what Jessica had to say:
When was The Women’s Volleyball team established?
I am not sure when the club was established, but I have been president for the last three years.
How long is your season?
We play year round, but our main season is in the spring. We usually go to about two tournaments in the fall and about four in the spring.
What upcoming competitions are you preparing for?
We plan on going to Florida State on March 23 and maybe USF on March 30.
Does your team have any recent achievements that you are especially proud of?
Yes! After years of trying, we were finally able to host our first tournament on Feb. 23 and we won by defeating Alabama in the finals!
What is a tradition your team has?
We like to go to Olive Garden for dinner before we play the next day, and we have a pregame ritual that we do before our matches. That changes year to year, but we even have a special order for shaking hands with the other team before matches.
What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Auburn?
I love that we are still very competitive without being too hardcore. We still have tryouts, so our players are still very good, but we get to go out with each other on the weekends and be a part of other organizations as well. It’s the perfect happy medium.
How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?
Usually we practice twice a week for about two hours each practice, and we do a lot of drills that are self-run, and we like to scrimmage. Sometimes, we like to play the boys team too (and beat them!)
What is it like to travel around and play different schools?
It’s always nice to see other campuses, and since we’re all competitive yet laidback, it’s really fun to just get together with others who simply enjoy the game. All the matches are officiated by other teams at the tournament, so there’s a level of respect that you have to have for the game and for other teams. Travel is also a great time for our teammates to bond, and we always have a good time at various Olive Gardens together.
What is your best memory about Club Sports?
Playing on this team has allowed me to make friends that I will keep forever. I know that sounds so cliché, but it’s true! I have had friends come and go in college and in high school, but two of the girls that are also my teammates are my friends ‘till the end. We are an absolute riot when we are together!
What if someone is interested in playing your sport? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?
The best thing for someone to do is find our table at Organization Days in the fall. We give out information about our team, and tryouts are usually held the week after O-days. We usually keep about 20 girls year round unless we have issues filling a position.
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