PLNU has nine sports clubs on campus including the Women’s Lacrosse Club, Rugby Club, Surf Club, and Women’s Volleyball Club. These clubs serve as a great opportunity to be immersed in an on-campus sport in a fun and competitive way. Each club is intended to bring people with similar interests together and form close relationships with one another.
The Lacrosse Club is getting ready for its first ever season. The club is open to female students with all different skill levels. The team will be playing in the Western Women’s Lacrosse League against teams such as GCU, CSUSM, UCI, Concordia, NAU and UCSD and will officially begin play at the start of 2018.
The Rugby Club was founded in 2001 and competes in the Gold Coast Conference. The team is also a member of the National Small College Rugby Association. They have won back-to-back Western Region Challenge Cup Championships in Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017.
The Rugby team is in preseason right now and recently beat Stanford University, a Division I school, 20-17. “It was definitely a hard-fought game. It was an incredible feeling knowing our small little school beat such a prestigious university like Stanford,” says junior Ricky Smith, a sports and exercise science major and member of the Rugby team. The Rugby season runs from January until the end of March.
The Surf Club is a club built around community. Not only do members meet up to surf together, but they also put on events such as movie nights and beach cleanups, and spend time teaching others how to surf. All of these activities allow members to form meaningful relationships with one another. “The fact that we all have the same passion for surfing and events like movie nights and beach cleanups bring us all together and forms a bond between us all,” says junior journalism major and surf club member, Joe Carlisle.
Students can sign up for the surf club at any time by following the club’s Instagram page @lomasurfclub, where they post information on upcoming events.
Women’s Volleyball Club
The Women’s Volleyball Club has their first preseason game on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Wave Volleyball Club. The team competes against schools such as Cal Poly Pomona, UC Riverside and SDSU, and plays in numerous tournaments throughout the season.
Last season’s division championships were held in Anaheim, California in which PLNU took first in their division. The team’s ability to win is just one of the many reasons that make the club intriguing. “The competition is high and skill level is high but we also have a lot of fun. Since we are a club, we don’t have as much commitment or pressure, so it makes for a really fun season,” says Jenna Miller, a sophomore journalism major and member of the volleyball team.
PLNU sports clubs give students the ability to participate in activities that they love without the pressure or intensity that Division II teams have on campus. These clubs compete at a highly competitive level while still managing to have fun.