Hastings College Media team producing NAIA volleyball championships

The award-winning Hastings College Media team is producing all matches from the NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championships this week, including the championship game that will stream nationally on ESPN3. All other matches from the championships in Sioux City, Iowa, will stream on the NAIA Network.

While there is a subscription fee to watch matches on the NAIA Network, matches featuring the Hastings College Broncos volleyball team will be available free through the college’s own portal at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/hastings/

For the past 14 years, the Hastings College Media team, which is comprised of students from across campus and faculty sponsors, has broadcast the NAIA DII Women’s Basketball National Championship. This year, NAIA asked if the media team could add the volleyball championships to its schedule — and the group agreed.

The student media team and its advisor Chad Power, assistant professor of Media Arts and director of the Center for Applied Media Arts, and Austin Druse, the college’s media support specialist, will manage all facets of the video streaming production, from setting up cameras to graphics needed for the streams. Three Hastings College students and select sports information directors from other NAIA schools will provide commentary for each match.

During the 32-team championships pool play, which is November 28-30, three matches are held simultaneously at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City. Two simultaneous matches are held during the bracket play December 1 and 2, before the championship match the evening of December 2. All productions are single camera except the championship, which is a five-camera setup produced by the Hastings College Media team with commentary from ESPN3 analysts. The championship match is available only on ESPN3.

Students participating in producing the NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championships include: 

  • Dillon Adams, a first-year student from Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Cameron Bradley, a first-year student from Wichita, Kansas
  • Andy Chase, a junior from Hastings, Nebraska
  • Jerod Fox, a junior from Newton, Kansas
  • Becca Garner, a sophomore from Centennial, Colorado
  • Kirsten Gilliland, a junior from Ainsworth, Nebraska
  • Mike Naranjo, a first-year student from Austin, Texas
  • Will Reynolds, a senior from Hastings, Nebraska
  • Will Ryan, a senior from Laird, Colorado
  • Danielle Shenk, a junior from Polk, Nebraska
  • Brandy Wood, a sophomore from North Platte, Nebraska
  • Jake Zink, a sophomore from Papillion, Nebraska

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With more than 60 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.

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