Volleyball teams set to spike at local rec centers
SILVERTHORNE – Bump. Set. Spike. Block. Dig.
With the Summit High School Tigers achieving success and with the Silverthorne and Breckenridge recreation centers hosting five nights of volleyball per week, folks might be hearing these words a lot more around water coolers at work this autumn.
The Silverthorne Recreation Center has three opportunities for both casual and serious players to don kneepads and prepare to return serve. A drop-in game exists on Sundays for players of all levels and a casual recreational league takes place on Wednesdays for beginner and moderate level players.
The coed 6-on-6 Power League takes place on Mondays and consists of five competitive teams with players who represent the mainstays of the local volleyball community.
“We see a lot of familiar faces in this league,” Silverthorne Recreation Coordinator Joanne Breigenzer said. “(But) this season we have a new team and a few new players.”
One pair of new faces belongs to Becky and Gregg Exline, recent arrivals into the county from Wisconsin.
“The people (in Summit County) seem to put priority on their health, whereas, in the Midwest, life is centered on work,” Gregg Exline said. “There, people live to work and, out here, people work to live – to get outdoors. This has been the right move for us.”
“I’ve been playing (volleyball) in the county for 17 years,” said John Warren of the Moose Jaw team. On the increase in competition he noted: “You get beat, but as long as it’s tight, who cares? We all have a good time.”
All the players see the quality of their peers rising, and they set out to improve themselves over the course of the season.
Eric Fischer plays with Gregg’s Team, and, even as part of the men’s league champions last season, he still sees room for improvement.
“I need to hit (the ball) harder and hit it down,” he said.
“Setting is where I need to improve,” added Heather Fent-Reed of Mindy’s Team. “Serving and passing our my strengths.”
“It’s too late for me to improve,” joked the senior member of the league, Chet Gaede, who served for 20 years in the Marine Corps before earning a law degree from the University of Colorado and moving to Leadville, where he was elected mayor.
Gaede represented the nation again as a volleyball player at the Senior Olympics in 2001.
“My goal (this season) is to survive,” he said with a laugh. “I’m not going to get better, but some young guys will.”
Alaina Briggs spends a fair amount of time on a volleyball court. She competes locally in the women’s and coed leagues, and on a traveling team that plays in Denver over the winter.
“The people in the Power League have been coached at the high school or college level. They know some strategy,” she said.
“The team is what it is all about,” said Nico Pecori of the Sun Logic squad.
All the players on Monday appeared to be enjoying themselves. They kid their teammates for scattered mistakes and groan at their own. They celebrate quality plays and support a teammate’s effort – regardless of result.
The league in Silverthorne will continue every Monday until the beginning of December.
Anyone interested in either league should call Joanne Breigenzer at (970) 262-7373 for more information.
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