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Sunday tournament wraps up successful volleyball season

Rimrock volleyball club ran 27 home tournaments during the winter season

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Members of the Rimrock 12U gold team celebrate following a point during their championship match on Sunday.


   The Rimrock Volleyball club hosted their final tournament of the season on Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9.
   "We have put on 27 of these little tournaments this year," said high school JV volleyball coach Jerry Honl. "We put these on for Amateur Athletic Union so we don't have to travel, and between our teams, Sisters, Madras, Redmond, Bend, Dufur and John Day we have had 533 kids sign up for AAU volleyball which is pretty astounding."
   The tournament featured 10U, 12U, and 14U teams. The final weekend saw Prineville teams from Rimrock do very well. In the 10U division, the Rimrock teams finished one-two, playing themselves in the championship match. In the 12U age group Rimrock won the gold division and finished second in the silver division, and in the 14U age group Rimrock teams came in third in both the gold and silver divisions.
   "I was really excited about how our season went," said high school volleyball coach Rosie Honl. "It was pretty exciting because the kids have really improved their pass, set, spiking every time we have played. Our 14U teams are not as strong as they've always been, because we have a lot of our seventh and eighth graders playing in our 16U and 18U groups but we still competed well. All together we had about 130 Prineville girls playing and it was pretty exciting to see them all improve over time."
   In addition to the tournament to finish off the year there were also a number of contests.
   "We had a lot of fun and games," said Jerry Honl. "We had a serving contest, passing contests and setting contests that all the kids got to participate in and at least half the kids won a prize. We gave away T-shirts at every division and we wrapped up a successful season."
   Honl also noted that with more than 300 volleyball players coming into the community for each tournament as well as parents and interested spectators that having tournaments in town instead of travelling is good for the local economy.
   "They go downtown between matches and I think it brings a lot of money into Prineville," said Honl.