Sports Column: Competitive to Intramural Sports
Mar29

Sports Column: Competitive to Intramural Sports

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells Playing competitive sports in high school is not uncommon in the state of Texas. Most students played or watched competitive sports in high school. I myself was an all-around athlete and my main sport was football. Throughout my last three years of high school I put all my efforts into getting a scholarship to play football in college. God had different plans in mind and I ended up losing and turning down offers to play in college. Before coming to Mary Hardin-Baylor, I knew about the intramural leagues but had no idea how organized it was. I now play and watch as many intramural sports as I can. There are several differences and similarities between high school competitive sports and intramural sports in college. First, the main difference is the range in skill level. You have players who have never played sports and those who have played their whole lives. But this isn’t an issue because intramural sports are more about playing for fun and getting together with your friends rather than winning every game. Another difference is the competitive level. In my opinion, high school competitive sports are more high-energy but also more stressful. Intramural sports might be less-competitive, but they are less stressful and foster friendly competition. The two types of sports are similar in the way they are organized and the way games are held. Fans can still come out and support their favorite teams and there is a season, playoffs and a championship. All in all, I believe intramural sports are great for those who want to play sports, but don’t want to play competitively Intramural sports can be as time consuming as your team wants it to be. Unlike college sports you can practice or just show up to the games without any preparation. I personally play for the Men’s Volleyball team here at UMHB and I can tell you how stressful each game is and how important it is to practice. As much as I love the court and the stress it comes with, it feels good to play intramurals and know that I can have fun in the sand or on the court and not have to worry about whether my choices will affect the entire team. If you’re looking for some friendly competition, miss the feel of playing sports, or even just want to try something new, intramural sports are a great place to...

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Men’s volleyball dominates in tournament
Mar08

Men’s volleyball dominates in tournament

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells “Mine,” “Got it” and “Let’s go” are just some simple things you might hear all over the courts of the Men’s Volleyball Club SIVA Crossover match. After traveling three hours to Spring, TX, the UMHB team took their first steps onto The Edge Sports Complex. Their performance at their last tournament seeded them well into the Feb. 25 face-off not against LSU. This crossover tournament now consisted of the SIVA’s north and south conferences combined, leaving UMHB to possibly face big D1 schools such as UT, Baylor, Rice and UNT. These are just a few of the major teams the men’s volleyball team had to prepare for. Struggling to find their ground, they fell short to LSU in the first match, leaving the team at a disadvantage early on. “The team had some rough spots but it didn’t leave us hopeless,” said team manager and the founder of UMHB men’s volleyball, Aaron Jackson. He was right. After coming together and rallying up, the team was on their way, flying into the tournament. Halfway through the competition, the team struggled to find a replacement for one of their team members who had to leave suddenly. Not able to find an extra player, the team was forced to play with five members. Down a player, UMHB began to encourage each other like never before. They were then faced with the task of not only playing without one of their teammates, but also competing against a top-seeded D1 team. They lost the first set by only four points. It was then that they huddled together and planned a new strategy for their remaining five members. Things would have to be played out a little differently. Block after block and pass after pass, UMHB pulled away from UT in the second set. The final set came to determine who would win the match. Other schools gathered around to watch the D3 team face the seemingly impossible challenge. Serves flew, kill shots blocked and passes on point, UMHB was not giving up. The score got to 11-14, with UMHB holding tightly to their lead. They knew only one more point would win the match. As the ball was up in the air, UT went for one last chance to kill before it was all over. The kill was made and it was called out of bounds, leaving UMHB the victor over UT with only five members. After that match, UMHB seemed unstoppable. At the end of the day, UMHB came out with their heads held high with a final score of 2-2. Now, they...

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