National Reach Adds Value to Notre Dame Volleyball Squad

Notre Dame vs. #8 UNC 10/14/16. Photograph by Mike Miller.

The Notre Dame Volleyball team boasts a wide variety of geographical backgrounds based on the team member’s hometowns. They include 10 different states ranging from California to Pennsylvania, and of course plenty from the Midwest.

As far as regions go, the most common areas are California (5) and the Midwest (8). It is not a coincidence that these regions are arguably the two most common regions for the sport of volleyball.

These diverse geographical backgrounds on the team also coincides with the student population at Notre Dame. In general, the student population follows a similar pattern of the team’s, with a high majority of students coming from the Midwest followed by areas such as California.

The diverse geographical regions represented on the Notre Dame Volleyball team gives the program members a unique opportunity to experience a wide variety personalities, cultures, and ways of life.

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Summer Olympics Bring Awareness to Lesser-Known Sports

We are just over 6 months from when the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro began. For most, the 17 days of the Olympiad provided nightly entertainment. For some, like myself, it was around the clock viewing. This meant I watched sports I was never aware of before like handball and badminton. I, like many others, had to take to the Internet to learn more about the sports and their rules.

With 3.5 billion people worldwide watching, countless sports gained awareness that don’t typically get the attention. Some sports have become Olympic staples that only have the attention every four years. Most notably, these include gymnastics, swimming and both indoor and outdoor volleyball.

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Data taken on Feb. 12th, 2017.

By analyzing data from Google Trends, we are able to see the variable changes of the searches in these sports. As you can see in the chart above, the three sports follow a similar pattern, whose spikes coincide with the Summer Olympics in 2012 and 2016. Volleyball can be seen in as the blue, gymnastics as the red and swimming as the yellow.

As expected, these sports fluctuate on their own throughout their year. But as someone who devoted a majority of their life to one of these sports (volleyball), I am thrilled to see the interest grow in the sport, even if it is just once every four years.