‘Black Attack' Wins Divisional Championship

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Club Rim volleyball coach Peggy Miles glowingly calls her hard-charging team the "Black Attack."

The reference is to the team's black-colored uniforms and also because Club Rim has two 14-years-and-under teams. One is designated Club Rim Pink and Miles' team is called Club Rim Black.

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Players of Club Rim Black include Karessa Armstrong, Jaden Brunson, Sydnee Klabbatz, Natalie Moreri, Shayna Neal, Rylie Perkins, Emma Randall, Brittany Stock, Kaitlyn Wessel and Megan Wessel, coach Peggy Miles, coach Megan Miles and coach Retosha Marshall.

Whatever the color the girls don, it was their sterling showing in a season-ending Arizona Region U.S. Volleyball Tournament that has been the talk of the town.

Competing May 31 at Buckeye High School, Club Rim Black defeated Valley-based Club ZIA to win the silver division tournament title.

In the finale, CRB lost the first game but then rallied in dramatic fashion to win the final two games and the division championship.

"It was a monumental experience," Miles said. "The excitement of the win was shared by spectators, parents, family, coaches and teammates."

The tournament tipped off with a round robin played at newly built Youngker High School near Buckeye. There, the Black Attack played nine games and placed second. That showing seeded the team into Silver Division tournament action.

For division play, the team traveled to Buckeye Union High School to continue its pursuit of honors.

"We completed two additional matches for a total of five games," Miles said.

CRB won both those showdowns to advance to the finale against highly regarded Club ZIA.

In all, the Black Attack played 17 games during the day.

"It was exhausting and thrilling at the same time," Miles said.

Following the tournament win, the coach cited several of CRB's players for their tournament contributions.

Megan Wessel, she said, "racked up points for the team with her powerful serves."

Jayden Brunson drew praise for dominating at the net and Karessa Armstrong was lauded for her exceptional serves.

"Sydnee Klabbatz delivered several un-returnable spikes," Miles said.

Also cited were Kaitlyn Wessell, Rylie Perkins, Brittany Stock, Emma Randall and Shayna Neal.

"All the girls played great ball," Miles said.

Although team member Natalie Moreri was unable to play in the tournament, Miles singled out the teen for her contributions during the regular season.

"She helped position the team ranking for final play," she said.

With the six-month club campaign at an end, Miles says she is thankful for having "hardworking athletes with a winning attitude and work ethic, supportive parents and an awesome coaching team."

Her assistants are her daughter Megan Miles and former Lady Longhorn player Retosha Marshall. In addition to coaching CRB, Peggy Miles is a Wellness Facilitator at Gila Community College.

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