Wed, Feb. 26

Seven is enough for verde Valley spiking team

Staff photo by Eric Lusk

The Verde Valley Vertical Volleyball Club placed ninth out of 31 Arizona teams duing its season.

The group, coached by Ron Bright and Jeff Bridge, competed in the six-tournament 18’s club. Despite having just seven girls in its rotation, the Verde Valley squad stayed in the first and second divisions the entire season and finished ninth out of 31 teams.

"Most teams not only have twice as many girls, they also have try outs, taking only the best," said team reporter Allyson Bright. "Many coaches and parents were impressed by our team, as some of the teams had as many as 300 girls try out. We held our own against these teams."

At a couple of the tournaments, Verde Valley won four matches against opponents that ended up in the top six overall.

Alred and Moran split time as the main setter. Bright, Beal and Weir dominated the net game as they did for the Marauders in the fall. Knight and Foley also contributed in several areas.

Four players will graduate from Mingus in a few weeks, and two will continue their volleyball careers at the college level.

Beal will join 2003 Marauder graduate Krista Kessel on Yavapai College’s team. Bright was offered an academic scholarship to ASU and an athletic scholarship to Grand Canyon University. She chose Grand Canyon and will spike for the Antelopes as she goes for a degree in journalism and media relations.

Alred will attend the University of Hawaii on scholarship as part of the Western Student Exchange Program, majoring in travel industry management. Weir plans to attend the University of Arizona on an academic scholarship, studying political science.

As for Knight, Moran and Foley, each will be seniors next season and will be looked upon to lead the Lady Marauders in volleyball.

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