New volleyball season begins
Wednesday, 08 November 2017
EBOLC players Matthew Flynn and Arnold Powell, center, attempt to block a shot by GLWACH Vet Clinic player William Vidal during the first game of their match Nov. 1 at DFC.
Story and photos by Matt Decker
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The nets are back up at Davidson Fitness Center, where military-unit teams began a new season of intramural volleyball action Nov. 1, and Recreation League teams were set to start play on Monday.

“This year we have a total of 10 intramural teams,” explained Rob Steinmacher with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports Department.

Brian Palmer, EBOLC, prepares to serve during the second game of his teamís match with the GLWACH Vet Clinic Nov. 1 at DFC.
“We have a full slate with games at 6, 7 and 8 p.m., with about eight weeks making up the season,” Steinmacher said. “We will play Rec League matches on Monday nights. This (intramurals) will be played on Tuesday nights, although we played on Wednesday this week because we didn’t want to overlap with Halloween.”

Students with the Engineer Basic Officer Leader Course attached to Company B, 554th Engineer Battalion, won the first game of the intramural season, defeating the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital Veterinary Services team, 25-15, 25-24.

“We definitely have a lot of potential,” said EBOLC team captain Jessica Soto, who led from the service line with five aces, including three in the second game.

It was not only the first match, but the team’s first time playing together.

“We just met in October. Really, none of us have played too much. I played in high school,” Soto said. “We looked a little sloppy tonight, because we don’t really understand the game yet. But once we get a few practices in, I think we’ll be the team to beat.”

Intramural teams play each match to the best-of-three games, with the winning team being the first to score 25 points. The matches use rally scoring, which means every play results in a point.

In other intramural matches played Nov. 1:

— The Medical Department Activity defeated the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, 2 games to 1;

— Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Engineer Brigade beat Staff Judge advocate, 2-0;

— The 14th Military Police Brigade defeated the 554th Engineer Battalion, 2-1;

— The 1-48th Inf. Bn. and the Dental Activity each picked up a forfeit win.

Each team that completes the season will earn points for their unit toward the yearlong Intramural Trophy for the 2018 fiscal year.

While the EBOLC students will have graduated and moved on to other assignments long before that award is presented, Soto said it “felt amazing” being able to earn points for their unit playing a sport they enjoy.

“We’re going to be leaving here in a few months, so being able to make that contribution to the company is great,” she said.

Seven weeks remain in the intramural volleyball season.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 November 2017 )