Fewer mud volleyball teams, just as much mud
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
There were fewer teams than in past tournaments, but the mud was flying and so was the fun just as much as in previous years.
That was the report from Saturday’s mud volleyball tournament sponsored by the Imperial FFA chapter in conjunction with the fire department’s 11th annual Helen Fanning Memorial Fun Day.
FFA Advisor Jeremy Vlasin said seven teams competed this year. They had announced a maximum of 16 teams could register.
Placing in the top three and winning the $75, $50 and $25 in Chamber Bucks were the following teams:
First place—Charlie Ann Carter, Shay Eidson, David Almanza, Alyssa Moreno.
Second place—Steven Pflum, Alexis Tropf, Lacey Baker, Amel Tropf.
Third place—Logan White, Abby Murillo, Maria Ramos, Ruben Garza.
Vlasin said with the lower number of teams registered, they made a couple of changes. One upped the individual match games in the single elimination event from the best two out of three to best three out of five.
“That allowed the teams to play just as much volleyball as if more teams had registered,” Vlasin said.
Also, the chapter let a younger group than originally advertised compete.
Vlasin said he liked the Fun Day date change.
“I was happy to see them move it to another date. I haven’t got to spend the Fourth with my family for many of the years,” he said.
He also said it was probably a nice break for the firemen, too, who have had their Fourth of July holidays tied up the past 10 years as they prepared for the Fun Day and fireworks.