BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Incoming Campbell volleyball recruit Sam Zuber (Sunbury, Ohio/Highland) recently earned national recognition and a medal at the USA Volleyball Nationals in Columbus, Ohio at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Zuber's team played in the gold bracket and finished third nationally to earn a medal. The team that Zuber's team lost to, Michigan Elite, ended up winning the National Division of the 18's age group. The tournament is a national tournament to finish off the club volleyball year. Her team, the Columbus Volleyball Academy (CVA) 18 Silver, qualified by playing in several large tournaments throughout the spring. There are three divisions that can be played in at USA Volleyball Nationals. The three divisions are the "open" level (highest), "national" level (middle) and the "American" level (lowest)). It is an honor to win at any level because of the amount of work it takes throughout the season to get to USA Volleyball National weekend. Zuber's team played teams from around the country over four days to be seeded in the "national" level. The next step involves breaking down the 47 teams in the "national" level into gold, silver, bronze and consolation groups for pool play. From pool play Zuber's team advanced and lost to Michigan Elite to place third overall at the "national" level.
Zuber along with the rest of her teammates will be reporting to campus at Campbell in early August. Volleyball's first match this season is set for Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. in Greenville, N.C. against East Carolina. The first home match of the campaign is a conference contest against High Point on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center.