2017-18 Clarion University Womens Volleyball
Clarion University women’s volleyball team recently began the 2017 season. My teammates and I are excited about the season and are working hard to build and expand on the many great achievements of past years.
The team has its sights set on qualifying for the conference championship and another trip to the NCAA National Tournament, under the leadership of head coach Jennifer Herron, who has the most wins in school history with 245.
As ambassadors of the university we have also taken a leadership role in the community by helping raise money for Clarion Hospital Cancer Center, reading and crafting at the 537 Clarion Community Learning Workshop and assisting with Clarion Special Olympics. We have also assisted with a local canned food drive and raising money at Parent’s Night Out for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Many of us have also served as leaders providing mentorship and coaching for a local volleyball club.
This year we scheduled three preseason tournaments to prepare for our conference schedule, which opened Sept. 22nd. We have 12 non-conference matches and two scrimmages which we completed during the preseason. This season our schedule requires seven overnight trips, including three pre-season tournaments at Indiana University, PA, University of Indianapolis and Wheeling Jesuit University. These trips require thousands of dollars to cover expenses such as bus transportation, meals and lodging. Our home matches require finances to cover referees and support staff. While the university has graciously provided us with a budget that covers the cost of our conference play, we do still need help to provide these athletes with opportunities to prepare and compete prior to conference action and again during our training season in the spring.
The cost of college athletics continues to rise; to remain competitive, we rely on the support of our fans and friends. We ask you to sponsor a player for one or more days.