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The fans were loud Friday and Saturday, when most seats were taken by invited guests, including donors who made gifts to ODU volleyball. On Sunday, the first game in which fans were allowed to attend, Chao said he was stunned to see dozens of people lined up at the gate an hour and 15 minutes before game time.
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ODU’s Volleyball Team Makes a Successful Debut After winning two of his first three matches, coach Fred Chao penned a thank you note to President John R. Broderick and wife Kate. (More)
When Old Dominion University announced it would begin playing women's volleyball this school year, officials promised that not only would the Monarchs compete, they would be given the resources to win. Some schools have simply put up a net in their basketball arenas and called that their volleyball home courts.
On Friday, ODU rallied from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to win in five sets. In that match, the Monarchs set the program single-match record for team blocks (19), and Olivia De Jesus tallied a team-record 13 blocks. Old Dominion was strong at the net once more in Saturday's 3-1 loss, logging 15 team blocks.
NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion volleyball team could not replicate Friday night's comeback magic the following day as the Monarchs lost 3-1 to UAB in a nonconference match at the ODU Volleyball Center on Saturday afternoon. The Monarchs (9-7, 1-1 C-USA) and Blazers (7-7, 2-0) were closely-matched yet again as ODU never lost a set by more than three points.
ODU Planning for 2020 Start for Women's Volleyball October 19, 2018 The school plans to spend about $3.4 million renovating the gymnasium at the Jim Jarrett Administration Building for volleyball.
ODU had said a week earlier that it had hired Fred Chao as its first women's volleyball coach. What surprised me was the pomp and circumstance, the large turnout of supporters for a team that doesn't yet exist and the dogged commitment from ODU to field a competitive volleyball program.