Mud volleyball tournament ends another successful year
     2014-07-17      By Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski    kaitlynk@geringcitizen.com
Photos by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Two teams participate in their rounds during the 2014 mud volleyball tournament held on July 12. With 63 teams on the roster, the meet was a tough one leaving Down with the Brown with the victory followed by the Barracuda’s and The Elimination in second and third. 
The third year for the mud volleyball tournament had a great turnout with a total of 63 teams. The meet was held on Saturday, July 12 starting at 8 a.m. and continued through the championship match which was held at 8 p.m.

Rebecca Shields was very pleased with the outcome of having so many teams and how well the tournament went on Saturday.

“It was an awesome year for this tournament. I definitely think it was better than the previous years because I feel like each year I learn more and have people give suggestions on how to run it smoother,” Shields said.

With suggestions being brought up to Shields, she has decided to change at least one thing for next year in regards to how the tournament is set up.

“One thing that is going to change for next year will be the double elimination that we have now. This is because, out of all of the teams that played, only 16 teams were able to play more than two games. So I figured since people are spending money to put together their teams, they should be able to play more. Next year teams should be able to play three or four games before we start the tournament with elimination. That is what we are going to focus on,” Shields said.

This year, Down with the Brown was the team that took top honors followed by the Barracuda’s in second and The Eliminated in third. This event held during Oregon Trail Days has grown a significant amount over the past three years and Shields is in hopes to have some volunteers next year to help out.

“With the tournament continuing to grow, next year we could really use some volunteers to help us out. Currently there are only three of us running the entire thing so it would be really helpful if people in the community would come out and give us a hand,” Shields said.

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