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Rye High School Head Volleyball Coach Tammy Van Oort knows it takes a lot of funding to produce a successful volleyball program. She has helped her program by hosting two 4 on 4 volleyball tournaments this summer to raise money to help pay for the team’s needs through the season. The first was in July and drew seventeen teams. This tournament helped to pay for their team camp. The final tournament was this past Saturday in the RHS gym and drew 23 teams. Play began at 8:00 am and went to 4:00 pm. Three matches were going at once, so there was a lot of action for the spectators.
Rules are that each team may have as many players as they want but must have at least one female player. Winners of the matches are the best 2 out of 3; matches go to 25 points. If there is a third match it goes to 15 points. There were two divisions, the recreational division and the competitive division. Entry fees were $80 per team. The tournament began with pool play. There were 6 pools of 4 teams each. Then the winning teams from each pool moved into the two brackets, the competitive bracket and recreational bracket. The winners received T-shirts. This summer’s winners for the recreational bracket were Team CSAVBC, players from a volleyball club team from Colorado Springs which included Rye’s freshman player Jenna Mansfield. The final for the competitive bracket was a hard fought contest between Shafer’s, a team of girls from Hoehne who all played on a past state champion team and the Goon Squad, a team of athletic RHS Alums including Sarah Manual, Dusty Scheid, Kyle Spencer, Joe Valdez, and Mark Reding. The Hoehne girls came out on top after three hard fought sets.
“It was really cool to see so many alumni come back to play”, remarked Coach Van Oort, “both the college kids and older players, too.” Familiar faces included former players Nicole Horton, Sarah Manuel, Lauren Lauritzen, Ariel and Tiffany Ambler, Dancia Shipley, and Kayley Ragan. Other past alumni were Mic Davis, Karen Davis, Dusty Scheid, Mark Reding , Joe Valdez, Kacie Anglin, Tasha Goldberg,Ty Abert, Ty Van Oort, and Conner Pigg. There were plenty of current RHS students, both boys and girls, playing. It was fun to see some of the boys find out that volleyball is a very tough sport. There were a lot of community members participating, too. It was a great afternoon and fun for all. Thanks go to the Rye Elementary PTO for providing concessions. The regular season begins later with a scrimmage on August 25 and the first game at Custer County on September 1. We wish the Lady T-Bolts the best of luck in the coming season.