LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Women’s club sports teams underrepresented in Tribune

As a member of the Marquette women’s club soccer team, I was extremely excited to see an article in your paper entirely devoted to club sports.

Collectively, we’re a large group on campus that doesn’t get much attention, so it was great we could be spotlighted.

But, I speak for my teammates and many others when I say we were disappointed no women’s teams were represented. In fact, out of the six teams profiled, five were men-only and just one was coed.

In light of the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette, this seems like a glaring omission, which I’m sure won’t happen again.

Sheila Stormont is a sophomore in the College of Education

The following are updates of the women’s club sport teams this year:

Women’s Basketball

The women’s club basketball team had its first season on the road to its first regional tournament.

In the tournament, they beat out more than seven other teams to get to the championship. The team lost to Wayne State by a buzzer beater 35-33. The next season seems promising for the newly formed team.

“I have really high hopes for us next year,’ said Katie Lee, the team’s MVP. “We’re not losing anyone this year! We will only get better!”

Asya Domingo is a member of the women’s basketball team

Women’s Volleyball

Marquette women’s club volleyball continues to make national headlines landing fifth and 12th in the nation.

Marquette’s A team finished first in a number of tournaments throughout the year, and Marquette’s B team, led by Marquette alumni, pushed to make its mark in its division as well.

We learned a lot this year, and our improvements definitely showed at nationals.”

Jeannie Degala is a member of the women’s volleyball team

Women’s Rugby

The women’s rugby team had an impressive year, with great seasons in both the fall and spring.

There were some big wins at home against the likes of University Wisconsin-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stephens Point and the Oconomowoc women.

The team also did well in tournaments in Chicago and Nashville.

After a heartbreaking loss in the playoffs to UW-Oshkosh, the girls are looking forward to competing for a state title in the 2010 fall season in a very competitive Wisconsin Union.

Erin McGovern is president of the women’s rugby team

Women’s Softball

The 2009-’10 season for women’s softball was a year to remember.

Our last series was against defending conference champions, University of Illinois. In four years, Marquette has never beat Illinois.

That all changed this year for seniors Kelli Kasinski, Nikki O’Donnell and Cara Skowronski.

The second game of the series was a win, the first ever, in the books for Marquette against Illinois. Because of our standing in conference (2nd) and beating the three-time undefeated champions, we were considered for an at-large bid to the World Series in Georgia.

Although we did not receive the bid, it was an accomplishment in itself and an unbelievable season.

Nikki O’Donnell is president/captain of the women’s softball team

Women’s Lacrosse

The Marquette women’s club lacrosse team ended their 2010 spring season with a 5-5 record. They started off the season with two tough losses against a couple of the best teams in their league, which set the tone for the first half of their schedule.

However, they were able to find their groove midway through and pull out several clutch wins to end the season on a positive note.

The team, founded in the fall of 2007, is in its third year and has nearly doubled in size with the start of every school year.

This season marks the first time they have graduated a senior class, and while they are losing four strong senior players, they are looking forward to gaining new talent with the incoming freshmen class in the fall.”

Claire Allen is president of the women’s lacrosse team

Women’s Soccer

The women’s club soccer team had its best season yet this fall, despite having an extremely young team.

We finished the regular season with a record of 8-1-1. We advanced to the National Tournament for the first time in our team’s history.

At nationals, we made it to the Sweet 16, losing only to teams who made it to the final four (UCLA and Penn State). With almost all of our girls returning, we hope to exceed last year’s results and contend for the National Title.”

Abbie Rogers is president of the women’s soccer team

Women’s Frisbee

The women’s club Frisbee team won its first tournament after at Hallowinona in Minnesota in the fall.

The team came back strong in the spring and won the three-day tournament, High Tide, in Georgia, where there were about 24 women’s teams.

We also took second at the White Smoke tournament in March at Notre Dame.

We recently took third in sectionals in Appleton, Wis., and are looking forward to doing well at regionals in Carleton, Minn., this weekend.

Catharine Relation is co-captain of the women’s frisbee team