Wittenberg’s volleyball team, which
finished the last two seasons ranked No.
3 in the nation, took its game to another
level as Head Coach Paco Labrador and
his nationally ranked squad participated
in a 12-day competitive trip to Spain.
Nineteen current Tiger players,
Labrador, assistant coach Brittany
Baume and team manager Kara Guss
flew to Madrid on May 22, accompanied
by “alumni and friends of the program.”
They played a tri-match against semipro
teams from Toledo and Alcobendas
in Central Spain before heading north
to the Rioja region to play two matches
against provincial club teams and
a match opposite the Spanish U-19
national team in Soria.
Using a mix of seasoned and
inexperienced players in each match, the
Tigers remained competitive throughout
the five-match schedule. Wittenberg
went a deceiving 1-4 on the trip, but
Labrador was encouraged by his team’s
ability to adapt to international rules and
difficult playing environments.
“I like my players to be pushed outside
of their comfort zone, and playing against
internationally experienced opponents
was an excellent way to achieve that,”
“Our last trip in 2003 was an incredible
success,” he added, “and it was a building
block for a record-breaking season later