Claire is playing club volleyball this winter/spring for PDX-VB on the 12 & under team “Fire”. She is really excited about volleyball and shows a lot of potential at being as talented as her Aunt Justine who plays for Clark Community College in Vancouver. Justine has played volleyball since she was Claire’s age, starting club ball at 12 and playing pretty much all year long. It paid off, as Justine is super skilled at the sport. And Claire has watched her play since she was about three, and is definitely inspired by her. So it was fitting that this weekend at Claire’s first tournament with her club team, we were at the same venue that we watched Justine play when she was Claire’s age. Of course, Claire was only three then so she doesn’t remember it. And from what I remember she got bored rather quickly, but she was a toddler, what do you expect?
Her team is made up of 10-12 year olds and includes one boy. They did really good, considering they are young and eager to learn but still very new to their positions and rotating. They played a total of three games and one the last one. But I think the fun they had was worth every minute I sat on those hard metal bleachers. I did take a padded seat thing, but I think next time I will take a blanket to fold up and sit on. The added weight I have right now takes it’s toll when sitting for long periods of time. It’s no bueno.
Anyway, I took a few pictures, and I apologize for the blurryness of them. I’m still trying to perfect the art of the action shot inside a gym. Her next tournament is in January so hopefully I can get it figured out by then! Or maybe have a new lens to paly with? Christmas is coming, after all…
Hope you all have a great start to the week!