The Monstarz defeated Phi Delta Theta in the Campus Activities Board’s intramural volleyball tournament finals Wednesday night at the Frantz Athletic Court.
The two winning teams of the semi-finals played the best two out of three games to determine the tournament winners.
“This is the first time I’ve won,” Kevin Dowell, senior business administration major and Monstarz co-captain, said. “So it feels good.”
Dowell began recruiting team members since the beginning of the school year and said he enjoys putting teams together for the intramural sports competitions.
“It’s because I want to win,” Dowell said.
“Because if you’re not first, you’re last.”
In the semi-finals, the Monstarz played against Iota Delta while Phi Delta Theta faced Team Anchorman and Anchorwoman.
It was a constant struggle for the teams to stay on top keeping spectators on the edge of their seats until the very end.
In the first game of the finals, Phi Delta Theta beat the Monstarz, 15-10.
The Monstarz then made a strong comeback, winning the second game, 15-6.
The third game ended with a close margin, 16-14, but ultimately the Monstarz emerged as champions.
This tournament was freshman sociology major and Monstarz co-team captain Jennifer Wheeler’s first tournaments and says it will not be her last.
“It was really fun,” Wheeler said. “I’ll definitely do this again next year.”
Wheeler said she played volleyball during high school, and she found it cool that she finally got the opportunity to play during college.
The Greek teams, Phi Delta Theta and Iota Delta, attracted large groups of supporters.
Despite its loss, Phi Delta Theta showed prominent team spirit throughout the tournament.
Chants such as, “Let’s go, Phi Delts, let’s go” echoed through the gym.
Phi Delta Theta also displayed extreme, yet playful competitiveness.
At one point during the third game of the finals, team members started chanting the names of each Monstarz player who served in order to distract them.
The Iota Delta team also showed team spirit by wearing face paint.
The loudest cheering in the gym belonged to freshman liberal studies and psychology major Reneé Cruz.
She attended all four days of the tournament, her enthusiasm growing and her voice reverberating as the games progressed.
She supported both the Monstarz and Iota Delta. Cruz’s roommate played for the Monstarz, while her other friend played for Iota Delta.
“I’m cheering so loud, I’m losing my voice,” Cruz said.
CAB holds intramural tournaments in a variety of sports throughout the year and in the end, only one team holds the Intramural Cup.
Teams gain points for the cup by keeping their team together and participating in all intramural events throughout the year.
Both finalist teams have also competed in other intramural events this year keeping them on track to win the cup.
Kristina Bugante can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.