Cheers filled the Thunderdome after the Warriors volleyball team won the match against the Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) Knights Saturday night. Fans were at the edge of their seats throughout all five sets, erupting in encouraging chants every couple plays.
Although the Knights started out with a lead in the first set, the Warriors resiliently fought back and won with an 11 point lead. The following two sets were neck and neck, both won by the SWAU Knights. In the fourth set the Warriors maintained a steady lead, which brought them to victory.
For the tiebreaker a 15 point set was played—opposed to the normal 25 point sets. Adrenaline was rushing as both teams gave it their all. The enthralled crowd followed the ball with rapt attention, cheering wildly after each point made by the home team. A defining cry arose in the Thunderdome upon the well-deserved triumph by the Warriors.
After cheering until slightly hoarse, I asked excited audience members what their reaction was to our team’s success:
“I jumped off the bleachers!”
“The adrenaline was pumping the second to last game. We were ready, we were on our feet.”
“I think we had a great comeback!”
“It was quite a game! I get bragging rights … [we] beat my girlfriend’s team. I’m digging it deep right now … You can definitely quote me on that. Don’t deny me the privilege of putting that in her face.”
Autumn Mott is a sophomore studying communication