Serving Up Skills
On the evening of Jan. 28, Andrews University campus was abuzz with entertainment options for students to attend, including a Volleyball Tournament. The event, which took place in the Johnson Gymnasium, was themed “Iconic Teams,” and was coordinated by Serge Gedeon (senior, English), who works for the Division of Student Life as a Student Activities Co-coordinator.
“The event went over really well,” Gedeon said. “A lot more people showed up this semester than last school year. The usual crowd, who come for the athletic part, weren’t the only people that came. It was also the people who just wanted to have a good time on a Saturday night.”
While last year’s teams each consisted of three members, six was the magic number of players for teams this year, in an effort to save time and maximize skill and enjoyment levels. What started off as 16 enthusiastic teams came down to a face-off between the two determined finalists: “The Steves” and “Hit That”. The Steves ultimately took the W, and proudly claimed their prize of $300, which the team dispersed amongst themselves. The runners-up graciously accepted their $10 gift cards as a consolation for their loss.
“I think the evening went splendidly,” commented Danny McGill (Doctor of Physical Therapy, second year), who played as a member of The Steves. “The volleyball tournament went very well, and the music and the atmosphere kept the atmosphere light and friendly. And the cash prize was definitely an excellent trophy.”
While the games themselves were exciting both to watch and participate in, perhaps the most exciting part of the evening was the unexpected fire alarm. Much to the relief of the event facilitators and participants alike, the alarm turned out to be false, and was set off due to the apparent intense curiosity of a nearby toddler. The culprit declined to comment on his motive for pulling the alarm and wished to remain anonymous.
Overall, the evening was deemed a general success. The majority of athletes and spectators returned after the alarming incident, and the games continued with as much enthusiasm and good sportsmanship as ever.
“I see a lot of people that had heart out there. Sweat and tears. No blood, but sweat and tears, and motivation and perseverance,” said Hanz Jouissance (Master of Divinity, second year), who was engaged in supporting the players all throughout the evening. “There were winners, and there were some that didn’t win. And we’re just gonna keep it that way. But everyone is a winner. Everyone, because they gave it everything.”