Local volleyball teams give back to the community

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:33

There’s been a spike in community service lately thanks to the efforts of local volleyball players.

On Tuesday, the Chugiak High team hosted a “Military and First Responder Appreciation Night,” featuring free admission to active duty, reserve and retired military — along with first responders — as well as free refreshments and a moment of silence for those missing or killed in service.

The event came less than a week after the Eagle River squad held its 3rd annual “Ghostball” tournament, in which teams competed in intrasquad scrimmages and brought items to donate to charity. According to coach Kaylee Purington, the team collected a record two cars full of items to donate to the Mat-Su Animal Shelter and the AWAIC shelter for women and children in honor of Bree Moore, a Dimond High volleyball alumni who was murdered by her boyfriend in 2014.

Mustangs travel to Arizona tourney

Chugiak finished fourth in pool play and failed to advance in the bracket portion of the Tournament of Champions Oct. 4-5 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Mustangs defeated Overland High in three sets (25-23, 15-25, 15-11) to reach the tournament’s “Opal” bracket, where they fell to High Tech in three sets and Moreno Valley High in two.

Upcoming matches:

Thursday, Oct. 10

Eagle River at Bartlett, 7:15 p.m.

Chugiak at Palmer, 7:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 11

Eagle River at Lady Grizzly Invitational, TBA

Saturday, Oct. 12

Eagle River at Lady Grizzly Invitational, TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 15

East at Eagle River, 7:15 p.m.

Chugiak at South, 7:15 p.m.

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