Interest in volleyball exceeds expectations 

The Whistler Outdoor Volleyball Association had a huge turnout for their registration party last week, selling out 15 teams in both four-on-four recreation leagues (C1 and C2), while adding three more teams to the intermediate three-on-three B division to bring that number to 15.

There is still room to register in the competitive two-on-two A division, as only six of 12 teams have stepped forward so far.

League director Scott Rogers is confident that more competitive teams will step up.

"I'm really excited about that because all the (A) teams are really competitive, I know all the players and they all have a high level of skill," he said. "When we play on Tuesday nights I know every game is going to be hard-fought."

There is also the possibility that Rogers may add a third recreational division. So far three teams are on the waiting list to play from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, and they need six teams in the next few weeks to go ahead.

"If anyone has a team that's available to play at that time we would love to hear from them," said Rogers.

The league currently has 51 teams signed on, and there will be 60 if the A division fills up and the C3 division gets three more teams.

"I think membership will be around 400 when everyone is signed up," he said. "Last year we had around 300, so that's pretty good - it's not the 100 per cent growth we've seen in the last few years, but it's pretty big. We're definitely approaching a ceiling there."

The league gets underway next week on June 16. A division plays on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Rainbow Park. C1 plays Wednesday, B plays Thursday, and C2 plays Friday.

For the first week Rogers is asking teams to show up early at 5:30 p.m. so he can go over the rules and game formats.

For more information on the league or to register a team, email scott@wova.ca or phone 604-967-2345. More information is on the website at www.wova.ca, as well as an updated schedule for the season.

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