It didn’t take long for the Concordia University volleyball program to find its championship stride.
Just one season to be exact.
In their first year of existence, the Eagles from Concordia University in Irvine are the National Association of Interscholastic Athletics volleyball national champions.
The Eagles did not lose a set in the championship match against No. 1 ranked Park University April 20 and finished the season 25-7 overall.
Nevada Union alumnus Roman Seghezzi, who took a scholarship to attend Concordia and play on the volleyball team after graduating in 2012, said winning the national title was one of the best moments he’s had on a volleyball court.
“It was a nail-biter, but when that final point hit the floor, it was crazy,” Seghezzi said. “I just stood there and took it all in.”
Seghezzi said when the victory was clinched, his team swarmed the floor at the Wildcat Center in Denver.
In the championship match, Seghezzi, a setter, saw action in two sets and accounted for two assists and two digs.
On the season, Seghezzi was second on the team in assists with 249 and saw action in 27 matches, including four starts.
For Seghezzi, when he first decided to join the upstart program, he said he never expected his team to be so good so fast.
“Honestly, I thought this season would be rough,” Seghezzi said. “Volleyball is such a team sport, and most of us hadn’t played together before this season.”
But what helped expedite that cohesiveness, which is so vital in volleyball, were the offseason workouts and preparedness of his coaches, said Seghezzi.
“We didn’t wake up at 5:30 in the morning for nothing,” he said. “And our coaches were easily the best as far as preparation.”
When the Eagles returned home from Denver, they were greeted by a group of fans with breakfast burritos, a team favorite, and ring pops — because the team will eventually receive national championship rings.
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