By Chris Scudder – Staff Writer
The men’s volleyball team started their season off strong, passing through several nationally ranked teams as well as old conference rival Cardinal Stritch. SAU also had a tough match against Park University, who in the past had taken a national championship away from Ambrose. The team fought hard and ultimately came out on top.
Transitioning from the preseason where SAU won every tournament championship, to the regular season, it looked as if Ambrose was unstoppable. Over the next couple of weeks they would expand their record to 10-0. This is the first time since 2012 they’ve have had a record like this. But they have a long road ahead of them and being 10-0 this early in the season doesn’t determine how they will perform in the post season.
“I think this team is really surprising people,” head coach Bill Gleeson said. “I don’t think there was much expectation out of this program because of the guys we graduated over the last couple of years. So I think all of these guys are making a name for themselves.”
The team camaraderie this year is outstanding. Every practice, game or even off the court the team is a big family. This is one of the things the program prides itself on. Having a close-knit group of players and a fierce competitiveness they are always ready for the challenge ahead.
Ambrose was put to the test on Feb. 6 with their match against Clarke. Dropping the first two sets it seemed like SAU was shutting down. The men would come out to play the third game of the match and take the win making the match score 2-1. Hoping to win the next two games the fourth game began with hard play on both sides of the court. Clarke would go on to win the match but the effort on both sides showed how hungry for the win each team really was. St. Ambrose looks to move forward in their journey; ranked fifth in the nation. SAU hopes to accomplish a lot during the next couple of months.