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Intramural volleyball champs get recognition

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Bosco is a senior English and secondary education double major and can be contacted at haley.bosco@drake.edu

The weather is always the most accurate measure of knowing when to ask about a new intramurals sport. As a refreshing chill fills the air in Des Moines, we can all count on the highly-anticipated commencement of indoor leagues. However, before the quest for a coveted basketball championship begins, justice is finally due for the announcement of the victorious teams from intramural volleyball.

CoRec Competitive League champ: Sets On The Court – This team may be a testament to intramurals not being challenging enough, or it may be proof that the energy of a young squad will inevitably defeat any other threatening skills. If the statistics are correct, Sets On The Court did not lose a single game all season, leading them to an undefeated record and probably a loaded self-esteem for a “same team, same dream ” attitude for next year.

CoRec Recreational League Champ: Blackout Bombers – Another undefeated team that other squads looked forward to playing only for the hopes of potentially coming out with one victory worth bragging about. Blackout Bombers never gave anyone that chance and deservingly so, as almost every one of the team’s players could execute an overhand serve. In the recreational league, this skill leaves most players astonished and overwhelmed, and the aces are superfluous. The championship game tested Blackout Bombers’ limits, but coming out victorious over an opposing team filled with people who officiate the sport itself is commendable.

Men’s Competitive League: Come playoffs, this league was split into two different brackets: one for Greek-affiliated teams and the other for independent teams. Unfortunately, this system acknowledges a separation between Greek students and others, but the talent in each playoff group may have justified the split. In the Greek division, I find myself writing about another “inevitably great contest” between SigEp and FIJI. SigEp was able to pull away victorious once again and continue the notorious rivalry.

In the non-Greek affiliated bracket, a very skilled squad called Dan the Man was able to play an equally talented Final Boss team. After each team took one win from the other in regular season play, the match-up left Dan the Man victorious once more. Both teams’ performances may perhaps inspire Drake to think about forming a real men’s volleyball team.

Women’s Competitive League: Delta Gamma 1 – This league’s championship game had Delta Gamma fans and players on each side, as Delta Gamma 1 played Delta Gamma 2. Separated only by a simple 1 and 2 at the end of each team’s name, both squads contributed to a long, competitive match that seemed to be an enjoyable event for the entire sorority. I send my sympathies to the scorekeeper that had to keep track of Delta Gamma 1 and 2 for the entire night. The teams split the first two games, and Delta Gamma 1 took the last one for the victory. I’m sure the sisters will still swap and share their new shirts so that all players can wear them with pride.

Women’s Recreational League: Phi Delta Chi – Here’s another squad that never felt the loss of a match or even a single game. Whether the team was overqualified or simply came prepared every night, the intramurals program will forever remain non-judgmental. The professional fraternity continually seems to place great athletes in intramurals, and every league should be grateful for the challenge.

A collective “congratulations” from the entire intramurals program is extended to all the volleyball champions.

The outdoor soccer and flag football leagues have just finished crowning champions as well, and most of the players will quickly turn around to begin the very popular season of CoRec basketball. To the players who thrive on late-night competition, this sport is for you. In this league, fortune is typically on the side of teams who have managed to pick up girls who can perfect the jump shot, as one extra point is awarded each time a lady scores. I have never witnessed the 5-point play, but will give a personal shout-out to anyone that can make it happen this season.

Until next time, please play by the rules.

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