It is a new year and a new team, but the same goal. Coming off the best showing in program history, by earning a fourth consecutive SCIAC crown in 2014, the 10th in school history, a second straight SCIAC Post Season Tournament title and a sixth Playoff appearance in as many years, yet falling just short of lifting the national trophy, the Cal Lutheran volleyball team is set to return to the court more eager than ever.
There aren’t much better ways to test a new dining facility than feeding around 200 hungry athletes every day. The Cal Lutheran fall sports teams reported to campus this week, and have been working up hearty appetites during their training camps.
With the 2014 volleyball season on the horizon the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has released its Preseason Poll. The 2013 national runner-up Cal Lutheran Regals enter the competition year ranked No. 6 as announced by the organization on Wednesday.
For the third time in as many years the Cal Lutheran volleyball team was honored by the AVCA with a Team Academic Award, which is dedicated to recognizing accomplishments in the classroom and on the court in 2013.
Each year conference offices across the country at all NCAA levels nominate worthy candidates for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. In 2013-14 there were two SCIAC standout senior student-athletes meeting the criteria and for the second consecutive year one of the league finalists has come out of Cal Lutheran with graduate Lauren Rohach being selected by the committee.
Released this week by Cal Lutheran head coach volleyball Kellee Roesel, the 2014 schedule will feature another slate full of American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-25 Division III teams beginning early in the year and continuing throughout the fall.
Much praise is focused on athletic success during the day-to-day operations of Cal Lutheran athletics, but on Saturday, May 10, 160 student-athletes were recognized, honored and inducted into the CLU Scholar Athlete Society at the 11th annual induction ceremony in the Gilbert Arena.
CLU recently had four seniors received the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA) All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award. Diver/ pole vaulter Sheyenne Machida and setter Jackie Russell represented the CLU women honored while thrower Bjorn McMillan and offensive tackle Andrew Pankow earned the award on the men’s side.