First year campers quickly learned that activities such as the volleyball tournament are taken to the next level with the prize of the MIPA cup, rewarded at the end of closing ceremonies. Although there are other activities to get points to win the award, one of the campers’ favorites is the volleyball tournament.
Students can earn points for their class by participating and winning matches, held everyday between the end of the second class of the day and dinner time. As teams prepare and do research as to who is the best competition, two former champions of the volleyball tournament sat down and talked about their road to victory.
“Last year, our class was really into it,” senior Kat Pauli said. “The games were so much fun. We didn’t go into it thinking we were going to win, which made it that much better.”
Senior Alex Noffsinder shared his version of a match.
“It was a thrilling experience,” Noffsinder said. “The semi-final game was more exciting than the final. I’m not gonna sugar coat it. The sets were split. It was pitch black. No one could tell where the lines were. We pulled out a dramatic win in the dark.”
It seemed as if the cup was a game away, and the Newspaper Editors were to win the final round. But then things got complicated.
“We were so excited, after our intense class, it was really great, ” Pauli said of the final game.
Noffsinder thought the final game was the hardest.
“I injured my elbow in the first set of the last match,” he said. “I sat out, iced it, and came off the bench. I was on the sand for the last point. The court got mobbed, and that’s all I remember.”
Whether students are athletes or not, the volleyball court is the place to be.
“We were underdogs last year, so underdogs can pull it off again,” Pauli said. “If not, it’ll still be fun.”