Volleyball teams doing well
Volleyball has been one of my favorite sports to watch and play for a long time, and although it has been an Olympic sport for decades, it doesn’t seem like the sport has gained much popularity over the years.
I suppose most people only watch volleyball during the Summer Olympics, and I’m not talking about beach volleyball, which features two players in their bathing suits or bikinis. That’s fun to watch, but this column is about the kind of volleyball that has six players on the court; the kind you used to play in gym when you were in school. And if you’re a fan of the sport, I encourage you to check out the local college volleyball teams.
I first became a fan of the game in high school, but really enjoyed playing intramural volleyball and watching our teams play when I was a student at Jamestown Community College and at Oral Roberts University. At most colleges, there is only a women’s team, as the case at ORU and Tulsa, however, some colleges even have men’s teams. The obvious difference between the two would be leaping ability at the net and how hard they hit that ball. I actually like both versions of the game.
There must be some interest in volleyball in the Tulsa area because the U.S. men’s national team has played matches here the past two summers.
I’m currently the public address announcer for ORU volleyball, so I get to see all the matches, and this season is a great time to be watching the Golden Eagles because they’re playing so well.
As of this writing, the ORU volleyball team is 10-2 and led by some very talented seniors. The University of Tulsa volleyball squad is 11-4, and looks to be one of the best in Conference-USA.
ORU is led by seniors Bruna Silva and Sthephanie Mab from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Luara Rosa from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Laura Taylor from Broken Arrow and Tulsan Jessica Pancratz.
The Golden Eagles have some bright young talent, as well, especially McKenna Qualls from Edmond, who has to be the hardest hitter on the team.
Tulsa is led by senior Kelly Culbertson from Long Beach, California, and junior Valerie El Houssine from Eghezee, Belgium.
If you haven’t watched one of our local college teams in a while, this would be a good time to attend a match and support these great teams.
TU HOME TONIGHT
After a week off, the 1-2 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team will be home this evening (Thursday) as Iowa State comes to H.A. Chapman stadium for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff. It’s the third meeting between the two teams in the last 13 months, and a rematch of the 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
The Hawkeyes are 0-2, and have lost to Northern Iowa (28-20) and Iowa (27-21).
The Golden Hurricane will play at home again next week, on Oct. 5, when Rice comes to town for a 2:30 p.m. game.
TU 2014 SCHEDULE
Speaking of Tulsa’s upcoming football schedule, the school announced the team’s 2014 non-conference schedule recently.
Sept. 6 at Colorado State
Sept. 13 at Florida Atlantic
Sept. 20 Oklahoma
Sept. 27 Texas State
It will be the first ever meeting between TU and FAU.
[Jeff Brucculeri is freelance writer and broadcaster. Follow him on Twitter @JeffBrucculeri. Contact; firstname.lastname@example.org.]