Club Rim founder and co-coach Donna Moore is touting the local volleyball teams’ season-long accomplishments.
Among the organization’s most impressive feats was sending the 18-year-old team to the Southern California Volleyball Tournament March 16 to 18 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
“The tournament is one of the largest Junior National Qualifying volleyball tournaments in the United States,” said Moore. “Our coaches and players proudly represented Club Rim and Payson.”
In April, the 18-years team finished ninth in the state and first in the bronze division at the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball State Championships.
“The self confidence and self esteem acquired through their participation in the national qualifying tournament reflected in their play,” said Moore.
Following the season, team member Jessica Johnson, an All-Division and Academic All-American setter from Lakeside, received a scholarship from Southern Utah University.
Club Rim’s 14-years team finished first in the AA Bronze USA volleyball championships and the 12-years team was second in the A Flight, Third Division championship tournament.
“This again was a successful season for Club Rim Volleyball,” said Moore.
In order to carry on the program, Club Rim raised $10,670 through a club raffle.
The money was much needed, Moore says. “For an athlete in rural Arizona, club volleyball is an expense many families are unable to afford. Your donations made their membership a reality.”
Moore thanked, in particular, the Tonto Apache Tribe, Chili’s and Mr. and Mrs. Todd Johnson for their donations, which helped the 18-years team travel to Anaheim.
She also lauded those who had their cars and trucks washed for donations during a spring fund-raiser.
“Without these wonderful sponsors, this opportunity would not have been possible.”