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8-26-06 - Thundering Spikers show up in Boone, NC. to cheer on the HERD. The volleyball team participated in the Appalachian State University Volleyball Classic August, 25 and 26 2006 with matches against Appalachian, Middle Tennessee State University and Radford University. Several current and future members of the Spikers came from many different directions from many different locations to support the Herd Ladies. For various reasons such as new personnel, absent players, and injuries, the ladies had to learn to play (on the job) as a team that was not functioning as a welled oiled machine.

Our opponents, (ASU and MTSU) who are very good by the way, took advantage of our weakness and were able to pull out a couple of hard fought wins. We Spiker members were not deterred and could see the coming together of our new MU team and kept the faith so to speak. After the loss of the second match and before the start of the third we were still a positive faithful bunch. We were having fun too. I think that this is evidenced by the photo below.

Come join the fun!

8-16-06 - Revamped booster club will benefit MU volleyball team

By Robyn Rison
The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON -- Any long-term success story is likely to have a lot of behind-the-scenes help, particularly when it's in college athletics.

Few sports programs get to the top based solely on coaches, players and facilities. In order to get and keep the best of those, more is usually needed. Marshall University is no exception. The cavalry is coming for head coach Mitch Jacobs and the Marshall volleyball team in the form of a revamped booster organization called the Thundering Spikers.

"We're just trying to kick it off with the new season," said Mike Myers, club president. "We're starting new fundraising campaigns, especially for a new locker room expansion. It will all be private donations and private labor. We've got a mailing campaign just beginning and we'll be knocking on doors."

Jacobs met with Myers and a few others interested in rejuvenating a booster club that previously had consisted of players' parents. Club officers were put in place and Jacobs began to outline some of the program's most pressing needs. At the top of the list was a locker room renovation. Sketches of the proposed locker room can be seen on the booster club's Web site,

The Thundering Spikers will essentially serve as a fundraising and marketing group for the volleyball program. Jacobs said it will function similar to the Quarterback Club, the Tip-Off Club and the Locker Room Club of Marshall's biggest sports.

Jacobs, who led the Conference USA champions to the NCAA tournament last season, said the ultimate goal is making Marshall the best program that it can be.

"We've gained more community interest recently and we've had a few who've stepped up," Jacobs said. "Mike Myers has stepped up as president and Mike Strickland, who has been very influential in volleyball in the area, agreed to be vice president. They're really good and we can't do it without them.

"A good booster club is the backbone of your program."

Jacobs added that while he and his players are grateful for the support they get from the athletic department, a good booster club could be the difference in having a team that's good occasionally and having a good program. A booster club's fund-raising efforts can help in facility upgrades as well as recruiting ability and better scheduling. That helps Jacobs land better recruits which results in a more competitive team that keeps the community's interest.

One of the first functions of the Thundering Spikers is Saturday prior to the Thundering Herd's annual Green-White Scrimmage at Cam Henderson Center. Jacobs will conduct an information session for fans on the ins and outs of volleyball. He'll explain the rules, terms and scoring that can sometimes confuse casual fans. Pizza and drinks will be provided by the Thundering Spikers.

Members of the organization will be entitled to perks throughout the season, including a "chalk talk" session before each home match. During those sessions Jacobs will provide insight into that particular match.

"We went from 100 or so people watching the first home match last season to ending up with 1,000 at the last match," Myers said. "It's catching on, and everybody loves a winner. We're just trying to capitalize.

"If anybody wants to join, we'll sure get them signed up."

8-7-06 - The Thundering Spikers are announcing the launching of a fund raising campaign to solicit the necessary funds to upgrade the Marshall University Women's Locker Room to the standards expected of top NCAA and C-USA programs. The previously announced Henderson Center Locker Room upgrades will not include the current Women's Volleyball facility. The Thundering Spikers booster club is accepting this challenge to help raise funding required to bring the facility up to the standards expected by our student athletes, their parents, and the conference by raising private contributions/donations required to make these upgrades for Marshall's only first year C-USA Championship Team. For details and artist sketches go to the Locker Room Project page. Contributions/Donations are welcome at:

Marshall University Women's Volleyball
Locker Room Project
c/o The Thundering Spikers
P.O. Box 1360
Huntington, WV 25715-1360

6-23-06 - Lunch With The Coach. - The Thundering Spikers with the help of Steve Ellis of Elco Mechanical met wit coach Jacobs and leaders of the Kanawha Valley Herd fan base on Friday June 23 in Charleston for an informal luncheon to discuss the current state and future of MU Women's Volleyball. The coach was in Charleston conducting his annual Team Volleyball Camp which was being held at the Charleston Catholic High School Facilities.

Attendees where given an update on the team regarding incoming freshmen and returning players. All are scheduled to be on campus in the fall while many are present now. Many where helping with the camp.

The coach announced his plans for the remodeling of the existing volleyball locker room. He explained, a big drawback, is with locker room conditions and logistics. He mentioned that he has lost potential recruits who had narrowed their choices to MU with such schools as Notre Dame and Ohio State solely because of our sub-standard locker room facilities.

It was also announced that MU had been awarded the 2007 C-USA Volleyball Tournament Championships.