Regionals Article

RPI's volleyball club teams ended their season on a high note, each taking a Regional Championship trophy home. The tournament was held in Cortland, NY where the women played on Saturday, April 20 and the men played on Sunday, April 21.

With 5 players returning and 1 new player this year, the women were able to compete at a higher level than last year, moving from B to BB. Pool play started with a match against one of the best teams in the region, Ithaca VBC. The games were close and RPI played hard, but the team started off the day with 2 losses. This defeat did not discourage the women though. In the second match RPI came back strong and won 2 games against Dig This. The third match against the Adirondack VBC was a bit more challenging for the team. The games were split with one win and one loss for RPI. At the end of pool play the RPI women were ranked 8th out of 16 teams, giving them the 2nd seed in BB Silver. In the Silver semifinal match, RPI defeated the #3 seed team, Net Gain, in 2 games, advancing them to the finals to face the #1 seed, Adirondack VBC. Continuing to play aggressively, the womenís team defeated their opponents in 2 games and took the championship. Their record for the day was 10-2, as the 1st place team in BB Silver.

The RPI menís team started the day with tough matches against two more experienced teams: Schenectady Y-B and KAOS. The inexperience of the team showed as RPI was seeded in last place entering the B-Silver playoffs. The first playoff match was against Bad Influence to determine which of the lower seeds would move on. RPI came out strong, playing with an intensity which had been missing earlier in the day. After winning the match decisively, RPI played their next match against the #1 seeded Leprechaun Pub. After dropping the first game, RPI recovered their intensity and cruised through the second game to force a 3rd game. RPI's enthusiasm for knocking out the 1st seed showed as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead to go on and win the match. In the finals, RPI was again matched up against the Schenectady Y-B team. Expecting to see the flat team from the morning, Schenectady was surprised to be swept in a pair of well played games. RPI hopes to have a strong menís team again next year, as 8 of the 9 members are returning.

The RPI volleyball club teams play through USAV in the IREVA region which consists of all of eastern New York, except for NYC. The RPI women's team members this year were Christie Binder, So, OH; co-captain Roxanne Muniz, Sr, OPP; co-captain Katie Toohey, Gr, S; Jeanell Trotter, Alum, MB; Taryn Winkle, Jr, OH; and Kate Worden, So, MB. The menís team members were co-captain Chris Aiello, Gr, MB; Mario Angelides, Jr, OPP-LIB; Kevin Bowers, Jr, OH-MB; Christopher Foley, Fr, OH; co-captain Jeremiah Harmsen, Gr, OPP; Daniel Heiman, Jr, MB; Manit Limlamai, Jr, OH-LIB; Jared Numbers, Fr, OH-LIB; and Brian Pond, Jr, S.

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Updated: 2/1/02