Dominican University's new men's volleyball team kicks off its inaugural season as a NCAA Division III program with a roster of 16 freshmen.
The Stars will face McKendree University and College of Mount St. Joseph on Jan. 25 at its River Forest campus.
Head Coach Dan Ames, who is also assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team and involved in men’s club volleyball in the Chicagoland area, was able to recruit top students from area club teams and high schools.
“We had a pretty successful recruiting class, not only athletically, but as a group academically,” Ames said. “That’s something that here at Dominican is just as important, not just what they’re going to do on the court, but what they’re going to do in the classroom.”
Dominican University has previously had success at the club level when the men’s volleyball club team competed in the NIRSA Division II national championship in 2005 and 2006. The alumni team came back to face off against the new team in a close match in November.
Charlie Spry of Barrington, one of the 16 freshmen on Dominican’s team, said, “I think we’ve all meshed really well on and off the court. It’s really going to make us a strong team and a powerhouse our junior year because we’re all going to be playing together for three years.”
The Stars will compete in the Continental Volleyball Conference, along with teams such as Lakeland College, Marymount University, Cairn University, Carthage College, Fontbonne University, Eastern Mennonite University, Juniata College, Milwaukee School of Engineering, College of Mount Saint Joseph, UC Santa Cruz, Stevenson University and Thiel College.
“Our team will be competitive this year and I hope you all come out to our games,” said Alex Coyne of Naperville, one of the players on the Dominican team.
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