USF Roundnet Club Makes a Spike

USF Roundnet club travels around the state competing in tournaments against colleges and universities from across the country. Photo courtesy of @usfca.roundnet/Instagram.

The USFCA Roundnet Club is a campus organization founded by students Thompson Yang, William Durrill and Emmanuel Flores.

Initially meeting for weekly games at Welch Field, the group became a recognized campus organization in February of 2023. They are currently in the California Roundnet Division II bracket. 

The purpose of the game is for two players to spike a ball on a trampoline in a manner that the other team can’t return it. The sport is more commonly known as Spikeball, referencing one of the nation’s top roundnet manufacturers. 

USF’s team plays against other colleges including California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, the University of Southern California, Arizona State University, and more.

They were ranked last place at the start of fall, and moved up to sixth place by the end of sectionals last November.

As a first-time club president on campus, Durrill plans to continue developing the club with the same vision that Yang, Flores, and himself started with. Durrill said, “Roundnet is a club that helps students improve their skills, create community and have fun with other USF students. We do more than just play roundnet. We host dinners, social events, and trips.”

Though Yang served as the club president when the organization was established, he stepped down this semester to give his teammate the opportunity to hold a leadership position. 

They currently meet for weekly practices on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Raymond Kimbrell Park and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Welch Field. 

Jeslyn Theodore, the Roundnet Club events manager, said, “Ever since I joined the roundnet club, I’ve been more active. Roundnet definitely gives that flexibility to practice and have fun, but even outside of the sport itself, the roundnet community is one of the funnest groups I’ve encountered here at USF. The togetherness that the roundnet club creates really leaves a core memory in my college experience.”

For students interested in joining the club, you can contact the president at usf.roundnet@gmail.com, message them on Instagram @usfca.roundnet or stop by one of their practices.

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