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Volleyholic goes Cold Turkey

May 12, 2008 - Brian Ferry
For some reason, it was once decided that indoor volleyball has a season. I find that objectionable.

That season is now over. That's the objectionable part.

After having some indoor option at least every other weekend for the last six months, the reverse co-ed tournament Saturday at Genessee Community College in Batavia, NY was the last hard court event I'm certain of until fall.

They'll start having tournaments in Erie again in September, and GCC and Hotshots (Rochester) will fire up their stuff around then, too, but that means three months plus of cold turkey for me. There's talk of a tournament in Corry in July and maybe one at Westminster College around then, but nothing certain. Even if both of those tournaments are held, they would be more of a tease than anything else.

Beach volleyball is an excellent event. It's fun to watch. It requires skill, athleticism, and hard work. It is not ideally suited to those who don't jump well, those who prefer sunburns to sunscreen but don't like burns at all, or those who move in sand about as well as they move in tar pits. I've never actually been in a tar pit, but it can't be much worse than that sand the beach volleyball enthusiasts claim in the good stuff.

I'm a setter. I'm not known for my serve receive, my hitting, my block or my defense. On the beach, with only two players on a side, the highly-specialized volleyball player is at a disadvantage.

In fact, outdoor volleyball in general is the enemy of setters. First, there's that sun thing. The player who has to look up more than any other tends not to like that. And the wind... I can put up something perfect only to watch it catch a thermal and end up in the next county. Or worse, very slightly over the net.

The one saving grace of off-season volleyball is Foote Rest. Even though it's outdoors, that one weekend, the second in July, keeps me sane through the warm weather.

Although I don't expect to win at Foote Rest, I could use some practice with those goofy outdoor balls and the absence of that wonderful, perfectly flat hardwood floor. Does anyone out there know of any volleyopps over the summer that don't require an hour or so of driving?

I'll even brave the tar pits if I must.


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