Patrick Foley blasts the ball backward during a match at Cowichan Outdoor Volleyball’s Welcome Back Tournament at the Cowichan Sportsplex on Aug. 21. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Patrick Foley blasts the ball backward during a match at Cowichan Outdoor Volleyball’s Welcome Back Tournament at the Cowichan Sportsplex on Aug. 21. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Outdoor Volleyball returns with Welcome Back Tournament

Shank You and OG Flex Crew win titles

Volleyball players got back on the grass on Aug. 21 for their first outdoor event in the Cowichan Valley since Canada Day 2019.

Cowichan Outdoor Volleyball hosted the Welcome Back Tournament at the Cowichan Sportsplex, bringing together teams in two different divisions after more than two years on the sidelines.

The 4-on-4 Intermediate Division was won by OG Flex Crew (Harj Sangha, Lau VanWingerden, Josh, Buczek, Savanah Campbell, Airus Martinez), followed by Smash or Pass (Ben Kapteyn, Jaymie Brandsma, Vincent Fernandez, Jade Cobides) in second place, and Wall Fam (Malachi Wall, Ezra Wall, Zane Wall, Michaela Wall) in third.

The 3-on-3 Competitive Division was won by Shank You (Doug Groenendijk, Danielle Groenendijk, Jon Climie), with Too Short (Paul Bohemier, Tiara Hobbs, Channa Khan) in second and Empire Spikes Back (Darian Achurch, Joeleen Achurch, Dave Stewart, Mike Minckler) in third.

“A fun time was had by all and our league sponsors provided us with great prizes at a great venue,” said Darian Achurch, who organized the tournament.

The Cowichan Outdoor Volleyball League will be back in the spring of 2022. For more information, email achurch10@hotmail.com

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Bonnie Griffiths (centre) sets up a spike by her husband, Dewi, during a match at Cowichan Outdoor Volleyball’s Welcome Back Tournament at the Cowichan Sportsplex on Aug. 21. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Bonnie Griffiths (centre) sets up a spike by her husband, Dewi, during a match at Cowichan Outdoor Volleyball’s Welcome Back Tournament at the Cowichan Sportsplex on Aug. 21. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)