Sports

May 30, 2014

Sports Shorts – May 30, 2014

Luke opens courts to AF women’s volleyball team

Story and photos by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Amber Coley, 4th Medical Group and member of the Air Force Women’s Volleyball Team, practices in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center May 15.

After selective tryouts, women of different ranks came together May 5 through 22 at Luke Air Force Base to practice for two major titles, the Armed Forces Championship for which they won silver and the overall USA Volleyball Adult Open Championship.

“Our coach told us to not take this lightly; this is an elite team,” said Katherine Meinig, 25th Operational Weather Squadron weather operations officer. “I think that statement took some time to sink in. We are getting an opportunity to represent our branch of the military, so I think it’s really exciting and is a privilege.”

Of the women who tried out for a position on the team, only nine were selected. The top nine had to quickly ban together and work twice a day practicing for hours. Throw in some weight training to complete a stressful and fast-paced day that the team agrees they all love in spite of sore muscles and fatigue.

“It’s a good core group of girls,” said Nicki Holmes, the team’s head coach. “They have learned a lot, and handled stress and a fast tempo very well, and it’s going to be a good opportunity for success.”

Participating in competitive sports creates the opportunity for camaraderie between the services. Being a joint championship, the Air Force women’s volleyball team will compete against not only the Army and Navy women’s volleyball teams, but 19 other teams within the competition.

The Armed Forces Championship will be taking place May 23 through 28 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix.

2014 Air Force Women’s Volleyball Team

  • Carly Lacey, Eglin Air Force Base, 96th Medical Operations Squadron
  • Missy Deardorff, Pope AFB, 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
  • Shermika Harris, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, 633rd Security Forces Squadron
  • Katherine Meinig, Davis-Monthan AFB, 25th Operational Weather Squadron
  • Sebatiana Solis Lopez, Joint Base Charleston, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • Ryanne Termini, Beale AFB, 13th Intelligence Squadron
  • Ingabritte Backlund, Nellis AFB, 99th Inpatient Operations Squadron
  • Amber Coley, Seymour Johnson AFB, 4th Medical Group
  • Emily Scharfe, Travis Air Force Base, 60th Inpatient Operations
  • Coaching staff
  • Nicki Holmes, North Carolina Central University head coach
  • Ashley Allen, Nicholas University assistant coach
  • Linda Hampton, Arizona State University associate head coach

Fitness month ceremony

May is fitness month and the closing ceremony is 11 a.m. today at the Bryant Fitness Center. For more information, call 623- 856-6241.

Sideline Sports Camp

Sideline Sports Camp includes badminton, fencing, ultimate Frisbee, water polo, bocce ball and lacrosse June 9 through 13 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. Tweens, ages 9 to 12, meet at 9 a.m. to noon. Teens, ages 13 to 18, meet 1 to 4 p.m. Register now at the center. The cost is $20 per youth program members and $30 per nonmember. For more information, call 623-856-7470.

Junior golf camp

Two sessions of junior golf camp are 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday or June 9 through 12 for youth ages 6 to 17 at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. The cost is $49 per person, and the course includes grip, putting, stance, driving, chipping and etiquette. For more information, call 623-535-9334.

Youth center classes

Gymnastics classes for youth ages 6 to 16 for beginners are 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and for advanced are 6 to 7 p.m.

Ballet and tap dance classes for youth ages 3 to 5 are 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. and ages 6 to 9 are 5:15 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Classes are at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. The cost is $40 per month per student. For more information, call 623-856-7470.




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