HHC team beats stuffing out of competition

Story by Sgt. Ann Venturato
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office

There was some camel raising excitement March 28 as a team from the HHC, Special Troops Battalion claimed the STB, 13th COSCOM Anaconda Volleyball championship along with the championship camel trophy at a volleyball court here.

Five teams from the 13th COSCOM participated in the best of three volleyball tournament where teams played best out of three matches to see who was able to move on to the next round.

Each team was made up of six players, and the matches lasted until someone had reached 21 points.

HHC players kept racking up the points while their opponents were kicking up sand.

Point after point, the HHC players kept finding holes in their opponent's defenses.

It would have been nice if there had been a few more teams playing in the tournament, said Spc. Togamua Tuia, a Soldier with the HHC.

In the first playoff of the tournament, a team from the 424 Quartermaster Company beat a team from the 302nd Air Departure Arrival Control Group by winning two straight matches, 21-17 and 21-7.

In the first match of the first playoff, the 424 Quartermaster Company came from behind to take the match while the 302nd ADAC team was enjoying the time eating sand as they tried several times to get the ball over the net.

In the second playoff, a team from the HHC, 13th COSCOM beat a team from the 316 Quartermaster Company by winning two straight matches, 21-14 and 21-16. Tuia made some excellent spiking during both matches, and Cpt. Deann Aparicio lead off the second match with nine great serves before the 316th Quartermaster Company team scored on the board.

In the third playoff, a team from the 813th Replacement Company eliminated the team from the 424 Quartermaster Company in two straight matches, 21-14 and 21-14. Players on both teams were kicking up sand on the court as they volleyed back and forth for the lead.

The championship came down to the team from the HHC, 13th COSCOM taking on the team from the 813th Replacement Company. The HHC team had annihilation on their mind as they won two matches in a row to claim the first place trophy. The score was 21-6 in the first match and 21-7 in the second match. Aparicio kept up her great serving and Tuia continued to find a weak spot on the defense by spiking just out of reach for the 813th Replacement Company team.

"We had a really good team," said Tuia. "It was a pretty good game."

"We didn't get a chance to practice together before the tournament, but we knew who played well from back in the rear," said Sgt. Christopher Mcfarland, a player on the HHC, 13th COSCOM team.

The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation is trying to give Soldiers additional outlets to relieve stress from being deployed, said Master Sgt. Alan Bridgewater, the 13th COSCOM MWR NCOIC.

"We anticipate more tournaments in the future," said Bridgewater

"I had a lot of fun," said Sgt. Marcus Mcmillan, a Soldier from the 813th Replacement Company.

 

Cpt Deann Aparicio, Spc Togamua Tuia, and Sgt Christopher McFarland
Cpt. Deann Aparicio bumps the volleyball up across the net as her teammates Spc. Togamua Tuia and Sgt. Christopher Mcfarland look on during the Special Troops Battalion, 13th COSCOM volleyball tournament on the morning of March 28.

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The HHC, 13th COSCOM volleyball team poses with their championship trophy, which was a stuffed camel, at the Special Troops Battalion, 13th COSCOM volleyball tournament on the morning of March 28.

Cpt Deann Aparicio
Cpt. Deann Aparicio gets set to spike the ball across the net to score another point in the championship game of the Special Troops Battalion, 13th COSCOM volleyball tournament on the morning of March 28.