No place like home for Tech volleyball Wednesday
HOUGHTON — Coming off a less-than-ideal weekend on the road at Ferris State and Northwood, the Michigan Tech Huskies volleyball team returned to the friendly confines of the Student Development Complex and the Wood Gym Wednesday night for their opening match of the GLIAC Tournament against the Grand Valley State Lakers.
There are few joys more important than the rumble of a team’s home court with a full gymnasium of close friends and family watching as you play the game you love.
Looking to build off of their final three sets against Northwood on Saturday that helped them win the match and seal the second seed in the tournament, the Huskies had the opportunity to play in front of a supportive crowd that included the pep band.
Michigan Tech’s pep band is a sight to behold. From their mismatched hats and uniforms to their matching overalls, the pep band looks more like a collection of misfits than a proper band. Other schools’ teams often can be overheard in awe of the band as it enters the gym, or the ice arena, or the football field.
And that is while the band is busy performing the theme to “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Once settled in, and with Instruments in hand, the band offers catchy chants on the fly to keep players, and fans alike, entertained from the first whistle until the final touch.
The Huskies used the noise and the energy the band offered throughout the night to jump all over the Lakers in the opening set, winning it quickly, 25-15. The rest of the night was not quite as smooth sailing, but still the band was there to offer its unconditional support.
After the dust settled and the Huskies had earned a sweep of the Lakers, the team, led by coach Matt Jennings, saluted the band, as they do after every home match.
The Wood Gym gives the Huskies a special advantage and they used that all night long.