After being home and ending the school year, I decided to wait for the last post of the 2011-2012 season.
First a huge congratulations to the SCVB for winning the first ever D-III National Championship. We all know how hard we worked and how much time we put in the gym. It is a big testament to how close of a team we are and how much we could accomplish in a year.
Next I just wanted to thank all of the athletic staff for making this event so special for players and families. It is truly something we will never forget. Also to our friends, families, and avid student section who made Blake Arena such a home court advantage for us.
I know everyone has seen the already, but we not only swept Carthage College in straight sets but swept Baruch and Hunter in the quarterfinals and semifinals to win the national championship. Our team was playing on a higher level the whole weekend and from our first match Friday, we knew there was a serious chance to win it all. SCVB was a unit all weekend and before we knew it we were lifting the trophy and cutting down the net. I know for me it was such a special time that I will remember for the rest of my life.
The year as a whole is a year that will go down in history. We started off in Hawaii being the first D-III team to attend the Outrigger Invitational and although we did not win a set, we learned about our team and what we needed to fix. We constantly worked on our weaknesses leading up to April. Our team became stronger, closer, and realized that we had a chance to become something great.
Losing only one D-III match all year, we did exactly that. We were great. Most of all we were able to win as a team and enjoy the best moment of the year together. I love this group of guys and would not have wanted to win with anyone else. Soon we will be referred to as the defending National Champion Springfield College Pride, meaning only one thing….we need to work even harder next year to achieve our ultimate goal again.