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The Hay River Volleyball Club held its year-end tournament this past weekend.

Porta Potties emerged as the winning team, followed by Classics in second place.

Trey Beck, left, and Draydon Shaw meet mid-air during a close volleyball match at Princess Alexandra School on April 21. Beck’s team, Aurora Ford – Get Serviced, edged Shaw’s Volley Llamas squad by a score of 25 to 22. A total of nine teams squared off during the year-end tournament for the Hay River Volleyball Club. Brendan Burke/NNSL photo

In all, nine teams participated.

Ashley Mckay, the president of the Hay River Volleyball Club, noted 10 teams played in the league this year, but one had to drop out of the tournament, which was held from April 20 to April 22 in the gym at Prince Alexandra School.

The tournament featured a double-knockout format.

“Each team is guaranteed two games,” Mckay explained. “If you lose twice, you’re out. If you win, you keep on playing.”

The teams in the tournament were not just playing for bragging rights.

“We offer next year’s registration paid for. So first place will get the full registration paid for,” said Mckay. “And second place will get half paid for.”

Those prizes are equivalent to $450 for the first-place team, and $200 for the second-place team.

With the tournament, the Hay River Volleyball Club wrapped up its third season, and it has been growing every year.

“The very first year we had six teams, and then last year we had eight teams,” said Mckay. “And this year we had 10.”

The club president is pleased with the level of interest, and noted the league could have even been bigger.

“There were two more groups that wanted to put in a team, but I just couldn’t fit them in with the gym time that we were offered,” she said.

All the games are played at Princess Alexandra School.

Mckay wonders if the interest in the league will still be there next season now that the new rec centre is open after being closed for almost two full winters.

“I hope it stays where it is next year. It would be nice,” she said of the level of participation. “I don’t know if having the arena back and hockey back if it will affect us or not, but I hope not. I’d love to see all the teams back out again.”

McKay said it can still work if the club reverts to six teams, but it’s more fun having more players and new faces.

“It can be competitive, but at the same time it’s still a lot of fun,” she said.

The league, which features players from about 16 years of age to 40-plus, will resume again in October.

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Paul Bickford

Paul Bickford is the reporter for Hay River Hub.

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