By: Taylor Browne/GCU Staff
For Lopes’ Head Coach Kami Dickerson, it is growth and development.
It has been a season of progress for the Grand Canyon University Club Beach Volleyball program. The program faced a number of junior college teams, and eventually had the opportunity to compete against some top NAIA programs had the season been able to continue.
“Our team has a huge desire to grow in numbers,” said Dickerson. “They also had a big desire to host events. We had begun to work on planning the future events. Unfortunately, with the unforeseen circumstances arriving, things have changed temporarily.”
The dedication and love Dickerson brings for both Grand Canyon University and GCU Club Beach Volleyball is clear. In fact, the program was able to compete in a number of scrimmages and matchups against other local Arizona teams.
“Despite our small numbers and size, the girls were able to compete and even take some victories in our matchups,” said Dickerson. “All throughout the year, they showed up, worked hard, and even asked for additional workouts and conditioning.”
Although still a small program, their potential stood out above all.
“Each player contributed to our team in a significant way,” said Dickerson. “Although the club beach volleyball program is still both new and small, we have been fortunate to be blessed with players who want to see the program grow and develop.”
Despite the shortened season, GCU Club Beach Volleyball’s progress exemplified how much beach volleyball as a whole is growing on GCU’s campus.
“Our focus on process over outcome, teamwork, and dedication allowed for a stronger program and people as a result,” said Dickerson.