Competitive volleyball was played long into the night, beginning on Friday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m., and concluding on Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 a.m., as 54 players and numerous spectators packed Center Street Gym for the final Moab Adult Volleyball Tournament of 2014.
There were nine six-player teams at the tournament, six of which were made up mostly of local volleyball players, two teams made up of players from Salt Lake City and one comprised of players from Price.
“Weapon X,” one of the Salt Lake City teams, defeated “We Need Sets” in the championship match after about seven hours of pool play, followed by the tournament. “Weapon X” team members were: Hannah Anderson, Nalaini Lebendahn, Cory Metcalf, Janae Goodrich, Miles Goodrich and Shane Anderson. “We Need Sets” was made up of: Whitney Keogh, Iris Frye, Lindsey Carlson, Kyle Thourp, Tyler Myers and Andrew Dalton.
Steven Hirschfeld, who played for “Sets on the Beach,” along with Autem Jones, Sara Hirschfeld, Stevie Wilcox and Josh and Mindy Althoff, said he had a lot of fun at the tournament.
“It’s good to play teams from out of town,” he said. “They’re always very tough competition. It was good to see a bunch of people from the community out there.”
Tournament organizer Morgi Croasmun, who also played on “Tap That,” said she felt like the tournament was successful.
“It was nice to see all the locals get together for good clean fun,” she said. “Everyone I talked to has told me they’re excited for next year. They said they enjoyed it, but they were all sore at the end.”
A lot of work went into putting the tournament together, Croasmun said, such as getting teams together, collecting fees, hiring referees and keeping things running smoothly at the event itself.
“Working with (Moab City Recreation director) John Geiger was very helpful in getting everything organized,” Croasmun said.
Although there are no more official tournaments scheduled for Moab in the near future, there is still an option for those who would like to get out and bump, set and spike. Adult coed open gym takes place each Wednesday night, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the Center St. Gym. It costs $20 per year to join the open gym.
Local and out-of-town players fill Center St. Gym for overnight tournament
“It was nice to see all the locals get together for good clean fun. Everyone I talked to has told me they’re excited for next year. They said they enjoyed it, but they were all sore at the end.”