College Q&A: VC volleyball part of South Texas Club Sports League
By Katy Long
I heard that the women's volleyball team won their conference last season, but I thought VC sports were all intramurals. What conference is the volleyball team in?
Last season was the third time the Victoria College Pirates women's volleyball team won their conference. The women's volleyball team and the men's basketball team play in the South Texas Club Sports League. And this year, VC also has a women's basketball team competing in the STCSL.
As opposed to nationally sanctioned athletic associations, such as the NCAA or NJCAA, the STCSL is a very competitive regional sports club that includes teams from various community colleges around South Texas. Colleges such as Northwest Vista College, San Antonio College, Palo Alto College and Southwest Texas Junior College play in the STCSL.
Last year's triumphant third win in a row for the women was a great achievement and well deserved. This year's team includes a number of returning players and some very talented newcomers. Their regular season record so far is 8-7.
The men's basketball team's schedule also includes a number of games against nationally sanctioned teams in addition to their in-conference games. Throughout the season, they will frequently play against NCAA Division II and III teams and NJCAA teams. In fact, the men's basketball team improved their record last year to 15-7 overall (including sanctioned teams) versus 1-11 the year before, and they placed second in the conference playoffs.
VC offers small scholarships to all athletes recruited to play volleyball or basketball. In addition to the opportunity to compete at a college level and gain experience and exposure, students have the opportunity to continue developing their team building skills, plus gain campus familiarity, build a network of fellowship and support, and learn to successfully balance responsibility and recreation.
The VC Pirates women's volleyball team will play most of their home games at 7 p.m. on Thursdays.
The men's and women's basketball teams usually play on Wednesdays. The women play first at 6 p.m. and the men play at 8 p.m. You can find complete season schedules for all VC teams online at www.VictoriaCollege.edu.
Admission to basketball and volleyball home games is $3 for adults and $1 for VC and UHV students without ID. Small children and students, faculty and staff with college ID are admitted free. Concessions are available at each game.
The Victoria College Treasures dance team also performs on game nights.
VC's sports teams need the support of the community. On Saturday, Oct. 30, the VC Sports Club will hold its first Chili Fest fundraiser. Tickets are on sale now for $5 each. For more details about Chili Fest and where you can buy tickets, call Bill Byers at 361-573-3291, Ext. 3271, or go to the VC homepage and click on the Chili Fest image.
There will also be a raffle during Chili Fest. Raffle tickets are $5 and prizes include a ring from Torin Bales, an iPad, a Kindle, four rounds of golf from Colony Creek and a 26-inch flat screen TV.
Tickets for Chili Fest and the raffle are available from any member of VC's sports teams or in the VC Sports Center. All proceeds go directly to the teams to help pay for uniforms, equipment, travel and scholarships.
Do you have a question about The Victoria College? Contact Katy Long, writer/photographer, at 361-573-3291, Ext. 3408, or www.victoriacollege.edu.