WMU Volleyball Team

Guest Curator 1983 WMU Women's Volleyball Team

1983 WMU Women's Volleyball Team

One of the most exciting stories in Western Michigan University’s athletic history unfolded in the fall of 1983. Ten young women, WMU’s volleyball team, captured the support of tens of thousands of Kalamazoo sports fans by posting a record of 30 wins with no defeats and earning a berth in the NCAA championship tournament. 

As one win followed another, university and community support for the Broncos began to grow.  A team that played several early season games in area high school gymnasiums now filled the bleachers at Read Fieldhouse.

On December 10, 1983, WMU met UCLA in the Mideast Regional Finals. The young athletes’ season came to an end as the highly favored California powerhouse easily defeated the Broncos in three games. Thirty years later, however, the memory of that amazing and magical season linger on.

Western Michigan University 1983 Volleyball Jersey

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Guest Curators are members of the 1983 WMU Women’s Volleyball Team.
Team photo courtesy of Archives and Regional History Collections, Western Michigan University.
Left to right:
Jackie Backus; Sarah Powers; Amy Timmers; Lisa Cancelli; Paige Paulson; Rachel Parham; Liz Potempa; Char Horcher; Heather Sawyer; Carolann Homad

Jersey courtesy of Jackie Backus Buck.