by Warren Brannoch
A couple of months ago, a long road to a national championship ended for GCC’s volleyball team. Entering the regional playoffs, the team was only 14-13 barely qualifying as the fourth seed. Many people thought there was very little, if no chance for the team to win the tournament, and earn an automatic bid to play for the national title in the national tournament.
Glendale coach, Lisa Stuck, has been with the program for 17 seasons and has never won a national title, with the best finish coming in third a couple of times. As the regional tournament days kept passing, GCC kept on winning, and eventually won the regional title, earning a spot in the national tournament, which was being held in their own backyard, Phoenix College in Phoenix, AZ.
As Glendale entered this tournament no one expected the team, aside from the team themselves, to even compete to win the national championship. Once again, they proved their doubters wrong, and rose to the occasion, eventually advancing to the championship game only trailing 2-0 in a best of 5 match. Glendale would not give up, and won the next three matches in a row, bringing Glendale Community College it’s first ever volleyball national title.
On Thursday, Feb. 19, the team celebrated with its fans, coaches, family, and fellow students in the Student Union at GCC. The team received their national championship rings, and ended what was the best, and most memorable season in Glendale volleyball history. Congratulations to Coach Lisa Stuck, the players, and her staff for a great season.