Muenster’s Skyler Varga has been a key part of NCAA’s Long Beach State volleyball squad for the past season. Centered in Long Beach, California, the varsity club was ranked number 2 in the nation heading into the National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Championship this month.  

Long Beach State wrapped up its season with an impressive27-3 record, advancing to the NCAA Championship match for the 10th time in the program’s history. That’s in no small part to Varga’s contribution for the past two seasons. The sophomore opposite was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team, along with teammate middle blocker Simon Torwie.  

During the final matchup, Varga recorded a stellar 11 kills and five digs.  

Despite their best efforts, Long Beach State dropped the hard-fought contests to No. 1 ranked UCLA 3 sets to 1 with all matches providing close results (21-25, 20-25, 29-27, 21-25).  

Head Coach Alan Knipe was not deterred by the finish given the grit and determination exhibited by Varga and his teammates.  

"It doesn't define what this group has done for our program and for NCAA Volleyball. That's their third straight final four, two-of-three National Championship appearances. The match tonight doesn't define them. The fight of the third set defines them.”