The Grantsville High School volleyball team will not play a home match until Payson visits on Sept. 5.
Those who enjoy watching competitive volleyball, however, might want to stop by the Grantsville High School gymnasium the next four Wednesday nights.
Grantsville’s annual coed volleyball league started Wednesday, Aug. 14 and some of the 11 teams entered are talented squads with men and women who have logged several hours playing volleyball. Some teams are there for fun, exercise and a lot of laughs.
“About half the teams are really very good teams, and the other half are mostly there for recreation,” said GHS volleyball coach Stefanie Orgill. The coed league is a fundraiser for GHS volleyball, and each team paid $200 to participate.
Most of the players live in Tooele County, but a few drive out from Salt Lake Valley to compete.
“This is my sport,” said Moresby Tauiautusa from Magna. Tauiautusa learned about the league from his Grantsville friend Pati Maiava. The two don’t play on the same team, however.
“Pati told me about the league, but his team was already filled so I hooked up with another team,” Tauiautusa said. “I’m from Somoa, and volleyball is one of the main sports there — along with cricket and rugby.”
Orgill said coed volleyball is popular throughout Utah. “There are tons of coed recreation leagues in Salt Lake,” she said.
Each team has to have at least three females out on the floor at all times, and a female must touch the ball once before it crosses back over the net.
“This league has been a fundraiser for the volleyball team for several years now, and when I first came to Grantsville I played. The fee was $25 per person and I thought that was a steal to be able to play in a league like this,” Orgill said.
“This year our fee is $200 per team so if you have 10 players on the roster and split it up, that’s quite inexpensive. The high school players help officiate and score the games,” the coach said.
“We play best two-out-of-three games, and teams get at least one game each night and sometimes play three games. We’re playing here from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Wednesday for five weeks,” the coach said.
“It has been a great fundraiser. There is a lot of work in the front end setting things up, but once it gets started it’s usually smooth sailing. It’s great for us and beats other things we might do to raise money.”
The first four weeks are used for pool play to determine the top teams. Two tournaments are then held on the final Wednesday with a Gold tournament for the top teams and a Silver tournament for the rest of the teams.
Players on tournament championship teams receive T-shirts to proclaim their accomplishments.