For the first time in three years, Campion’s volleyball and soccer teams went to Union College to compete at the Fall Tournament.
Both teams returned on Sunday from three days of friendly competitions, where Campion and 16 other Adventist schools from all over the United States were brought together.
Colton Herber, senior and captain of the soccer team, commented: “I looked forward to this tournament a lot, and being able to finally go is something I’ll remember. Being a senior and a captain definitely put me into a different mindset than previous years. Especially after not going the last two years due to COVID, I really wanted to play my hardest and help put my team in the best situation possible.”
The soccer team started off by winning their first pool game against College View Academy with an impressive 7-2 final score. However, after losing the next few games, they ended by placing third in the Clocktower division (secondary bracket).
The girl’s volleyball team also had a mixture of wins and losses, but finished strong in second place in the Clocktower division after playing in the championship game Saturday night.
For the volleyball team, the game against cross-town rival Mile High was definitely a highlight, since they won 2-1. “That was definitely my favorite part,” Lindsey Smith, senior and captain of the volleyball team expressed; “We really came together as a team and played our absolute hardest and in the end it paid off. It felt good to play them again and, this time, come out on top.”
The time spent on-campus didn’t consist only of games, the program included events such as Vespers on Friday night, where the students came together to worship and praise God. It was led by college students and chaplains, and they also had an afterglow with music and bonding.
The overall winners of the tournament in soccer were Sunnydale Academy, Thunderdome Division, and Maplewood Academy, Clocktower Division. In volleyball, Forest Lake Academy took first place in the Thunderdome Division and Hinsdale Academy in the Clocktower Division.
Ariel Patterson and Joaquin Mendoza both got the All Tournament Award, as best players from the Campion teams.
Mendoza explained, “Winning this award meant so much to me, it is my first-ever award, I will forever keep it with me and be proud of it, I wouldn’t have done it without the help of my coaches, teammates, and managers.”
“I really enjoyed and loved every second of the tournament,” Mendoza continued; “I had never been to a tournament before, so being able to experience that moment was amazing. It makes me sad to think that the season is over, but thankfully I was able to enjoy it and play. I love my teammates, they pushed me to become a better person and player, I will miss playing with them.”
Ana Segawa, Campion News Team