Intramural spikeball is back for the third year in a row, with a tournament style bracket beginning on Friday as teams of two are welcome to start signing up.
Spikeball is a type of game that relates the rules of volleyball, but you only play with one teammate and instead of hitting the ball over a net, the goal is to hit the ball on the small circle netting for the next team to coordinate a scheme together. Each team has a maximum of three hits to get the ball on the net, and if you take more than that then it is the other teams point, as well as missing the net completely gives the other team a point.
Intramurals will host a double-elimination tournament with a losers and winner bracket at hand, with participants from the Spikeball Club as well as regular students that are interested in playing. Luke Mowry, a junior family and children services major from Wylie, is the president of the Spikeball Club and is excited for this tournament because this ultimately sparked the Spikeball Club to begin with.
Mowry also said that he will be participating in the tournament, but he will also be watching other teams play, and use this tournament as a recruitment opportunity for the Spikeball Club. Mowry and his club will also be providing equipment for the tournament such as the pro-nets and balls to help out ACU. Mowry said last year 15 teams signed up for the tournament and hopes to double that this year and said that the tournament this year will be more intense as they have learned the rules better than in the past.
“The ultimate goal of this opportunity is to bring forth the love of Spikeball, and we know it is a unique sport, and that is why we love it,” Mowry said. “I want this tournament to be able to publicize the sport as well as our club to the people so that we can gain others in the Spikeball Club and welcome them into this great community.”
According to the Spikeball Club members, the club is now part of the Department of Athletics, rather than being funded by SGA, which gives the club sport more funding as well as bigger opportunities to compete in national tournaments. The ACU Spikeball club’s next tournament is a free tournament, and is at Strake Jesuit on Dec 7, as this intramural tournament can hopefully influence others to join the club.