Club Rim Meets Tough Competition At Reno Tournament

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Part of Donna Moore's charge as coach of the Club Rim volleyball team was to chaperone six teenage girls for six days, around the bright lights, gambling and party mecca of Reno, Nev.

That's a responsibility almost no one would dare shoulder.

So, how did the Julia Randall Elementary School physical education teacher do?

"Everything went very smooth -- we had no problems at all," she said. "The girls had a great time and got a lot of volleyball experience that will help them next (school) year."

Moore, assistant coach Peggy Miles and the girls traveled June 24 to Reno where the team participated in the prestigious Reno Volleyball Festival. The marathon-like tournament and camp drew 10,000 girls, ages 12 to 18 years old, who played games in more than 100 venues, including the University of Nevada MacKay Stadium.

Although Club Rim had to compete with the minimum six players, because one team member withdrew at the last minute, the squad performed well.

"We finished second in our division," Moore said. "We lost to a team from Hawaii (in the championship) that we should have beaten.

"The girls pulled it together and played outstanding volleyball."

The coach did admit that the lack of any substitutes took its toll of the players.

"With no one rotating out, fatigue became a problem late in the matches," she said.

One of the highlights of the fray was challenging the tournament's No. 12 ranked team that featured several players in line for Division I scholarships.

"We lost 25-15 and 25-17, but we gained their respect," Moore said. "The caliber of play in the entire tournament was so high, the competition was good for the team."

To earn the money needed for the trip -- about $6,000 -- coaches and team members, for the past six months, did work projects, held a hot dog sale and raffle and received donations from well-wishers.

Moore said the team could not have traveled to the tournament had the community not come together for them.

"Thank you to each individual who helped," she said. "They made the Reno Volleyball Festival a reality for our Payson girls."

The festival marks the culmination of the club season for the team that was first formed at the conclusion of last fall's prep campaign. Club Rim team members will now turn their attention to playing Lady Longhorn volleyball next season.

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