Oozefest 2016: UB students, alumni get muddy to relieve stress

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s the thirty second year University at Buffalo students, and alumni vow to get messy in one of the most beloved campus traditions. The double-elimination volleyball tournament started in 1984 to help soothe stressed-out students as exam season approached.

It kicked off on a much smaller scale. Now almost 200 teams splash around on North Campus. The mud volleyball tournament taking place Saturday on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus in Amherst.
Scott Myers, an Alumnus from Lancaster said, “We’ve been doing this for 27 years. We’re an alumni team, we went to school here and have been playing every since.”

From Mario to Princess Leia, Oozefest even has a team costume contest. The winners get to play free the next year.

Steve Olson, University at Buffalo Sophomore said, “It is a 32 year, 25 hundred person volleyball tournament in the mud. It’s a ton of fun, we bring fire trucks in, and they fill this pit with all of the water from Lake Lasalle.”
Team members tell us the secret weapon is duct-tape. They advise you to tape your shoes to your skin to make sure they stay on and give you traction.

No matter what your strategy, most agree, mud can wash away your worries.


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