Not So Lucky Irish Boy
Volleyball has become an increasingly thriving sport since it was invented by William G. Morgan in 1895. A thrilling game that deals with spikes, digs and kills, volleyball was invented in Holyoke, Mass. Volleyball has called Holyoke home for over 100 years, and it seems like home would be at no other place.
Think again, Holyoke. Springfield College, a place that feeds off of fitness and academic excellence to the fullest, is giving quite the fight to get this campus labeled as the “Birthplace of Volleyball.”
The proposition seems whacky and almost lunatic, but we do make quite the case. At Springfield College our volleyball squad’s successful history is not too shabby. Two straight Division III titles makes a great case to bring the sport just over the Massasoit. Springfield College volleyball fanatic Jordan Karnes greatly emphasized how exhilarating it would be to have our school take over the reign from Holyoke.
“It would be magnificent. I get so excited just thinking about it. In fact, it’s all I think about. I haven’t slept in the past four days,” said Karnes.
Besides the great reputation that volleyball has on this campus, this city is also familiar with the invention of sports. Springfield is the birthplace of basketball, so why not add volleyball? What has Holyoke done that earns them the right? Maybe we should set up a game and that would settle this chaos. There is no reason why we should be even having this argument with Holyoke. Two national titles and complete dominance over opponents on a daily basis should be enough evidence to earn the right.
There are long-lived Holyoke residents, however, who have cherished the invention in their city and don’t plan on having it taken away any time soon.
“Why don’t they go back to their usual lives and work out at that Wellness Center that they’re always at? Volleyball is our sport and it will always continue to be,” said Holyoke resident Joe Jones.
There is no telling what will go on from here. One city is furious over the challenge and one college is blood-thirsty to take what they think is rightfully theirs. Time will only tell when this “challenge” will finally erupt.
“I’ll drive up in my Honda Civic out to Holyoke, change into my short shorts and show them one mean spike. If that’s what it takes, I’m ready to take care of business,” said Springfield College student Zach Fosberg.
The challenge has been issued and the battle is quickly heating up. What will happen, or will anything happen at all? It is a very intriguing topic that has just gotten started. “The Birthplace of Volleyball” can only have one home, so the only question remains: will it be at Holyoke or Springfield College?
Disclaimer: All facts, interviews, details and sources are completely false. Actually, this entire story is made up. Happy April Fools’ Day!