Members of the first ever Club Rim volleyball team will bank on the experience acquired during the past seven-month season to buoy them in the upcoming high school campaign.
The prep season tipped off yesterday, Monday, with Lady Longhorn team tryouts in Wilson Dome.
As members of Club Rim, the teenage athletes participated last winter in the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball playing matches mostly in the Valley area.
"We maintained a 13th place standing throughout the majority of the season," Club Rim coach Donna Moore said. "In February, we entered the Grand Canyon State Game and brought home the gold medal."
The regular season and GCS games were just a tune-up for the biggest test of the year.
"Our girls attended the Reno Volleyball Festival in Reno, Nev.," Moore said. "Over 10,000 girls competed on 102 volleyball courts at 12 different venues."
For the Payson team, the tournament was an eye-opener.
"As athletes from rural Arizona, this was the experience of a lifetime," she said.
Competing in the Comet Division, Club Rim finish second in the final tournament.
"We came up just short to a team from Hawaii," Moore said.
The Club Rim Board of Directors, which includes Peggy Miles, Duke Wilbanks and Moore, said the entire experience could not have been possible without the support of local sponsors.
"We appreciate their help in making club volleyball a reality in the Rim Country for our Payson girls," Moore said. "During this season our athletes had the opportunity to compete against outstanding players throughout Arizona and the United States.
"Needless to say, our girls saw improvement in their skills beyond our expectations."
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