In the second annual “Mustache Match” held on Saturday, the EMU men’s volleyball squad blasted Division 1 opponent Rutgers-Newark in four games.
The 8-3 Royals looked strong defensively, racking up 13 blocks on the day. Senior libero Travis Riesen contributed to the defensive effort with a career high 19 digs during the match. Offensively, the Royals were led by First-Year Jesse Reist, who put away a match high 15 kills followed closely by seniors Chris Moise and Greg Knight, who had 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Senior setter John Barry controlled the offense with 48 set assists.
The event is held to raise funds for the travel expenses of the men’s volleyball program; EMU men’s volley- ball travels more than any other team on campus. They have already been to Pennsylvania twice, and have trips planned to South Carolina, Maryland, and back to Pennsylvania on two more occasions.
February has always been “mustache month” for the volleyball team. With the attention the team received for their notorious facial hair, they saw a fundraising opportunity.
Last year, the first annual “Mustache Match” was held, finding people to donate money per mustache in attendance. Almost 100 mustaches participated in attending the game.
This year, the same model was followed, with additional donation opportunities. Thanks to Jimmy John’s offering their hand in supplying free sub cards to the first 100 mustaches in attendance, as well as reimbursed donations with various other local establishments supplying gift cards such as the DBK Salon, Dairy Queen, Mr. J’s, Clementine Cafe, Jack Brown’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, The Artful Dodger, and Francesco’s.
In total, 85 mustaches were seen entering Yoder Arena Saturday morning. Almost $1000 was donated, put- ting the team incredibly close to the season fundraising goal.
The team travels to South Carolina this weekend to play in the Coker Tri-Match.