Club Rim Team Adds Players To Roster

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The problems Club Rim experienced this past season, when the volleyball team often fielded only a minimum number of players, are now tribulations of the past.

The troubles were erased early this year when Club Rim, now in its second year of existence, expanded to 53 athletes on four teams.

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After a rough first year, when only a handful of players turned out for the Club Rim volleyball team, the group has grown to now include 53 athletes on four teams. The Payson teams are currently participating in club tournaments at various Valley venues.

"We now have a 12-year-old, two 14-year-olds and an 18-year-old team," said Club Rim founder and coach Donna Moore. "Last year, we had one 18-year-old team with 12 girls."

At the Reno Volleyball Festival in July 2006, Club Rim participation hit an all-time low when only six players traveled to the University of Reno MacKay stadium for the prestigious shootout.

Following the fray, Moore bemoaned the lack of substitutes.

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

There will be no such maladies this season with the new supply of fresh and eager players.

For the upcoming campaign, Moore will coach the 12-year-old squad. Shelli Creighton will coach the 14-year-old Pink team, Trevor Creighton the 14-year-old Black team and Arnold and Penni Stonebrink, the 18-year-old crew.

Arnold Stonebrink is also the Lady Longhorn varsity head coach.

The 12-year-old squad opened the club season with two wins, which improved its Arizona Region ranking from 36th to 12th.

The Pink squad also opened impressively, finishing third in a Phoenix tournament.

"That moved them from 32nd to 25th place (in the Arizona region)," Moore said.

"The team performed so well at the tournament, it was moved into the championship division, which allows it to potentially compete against 15- to 18-year-old teams."

The Black team struggled in the tournaments losing all three matches, mostly because many of its players were missing while playing in a Rim Country Middle School tournament.

"The team played well and gave a great effort," Moore said.

In 18-year-old Club Rim play, the team opened the campaign at a mid-January tournament against Phoenix and Tucson squads.

"The girls had the opportunity to compete against quality teams," Moore said. "In their three-match tournament, they lost all their games but came away with a confidence they will definitely take into their next tournament."

The club season will continue until July with most games played at Valley area venues.

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