The Alberni Airborne Volleyball Club christened the new ADSS gym with its first ever volleyball tournament.
Last weekend, seven teams from around the Island vied for the Island Championship title. In the end, Nanaimo took first place with a hard fought win over Campbell River.
The Airborne didn’t win but fared well. They came within single digit points in every set, and in the end made for exciting volleyball matches for spectators. But they came out behind their opponents.
Setter Chelsey Charlesworth was magical with her agility and ability to put up sets to her team mates. Her teammates Carley Gitelman and Karissa Pley didn’t hold back at the net, and showed skilled spiking and blocking. And Jaime Clarke displayed effortless digging, challenging the competition to put the ball in Alberni’s Court.
The new ADSS gym was a hit with spectators, who were from around the Island. They could not stop commenting on “the nicest gym we’ve ever been in.” Visitors were appreciative, complimentary and sincerely happy for our community.
Hosting larger competitions may be in the works such as using the Athletic Hall as well for Provincial Championships.
The Airborne would like to thank Mike Roberts the ADSS Athletic co-ordinator, and Lyle Marsh for their support.
* Julie Anderson/ Special to the News