VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — As many parents know, club sports are a big deal for the kids who play them. They teach teamwork and so much more.
A local club volleyball team learned a lot over the course of its season, and now the girls are gearing up for a national tournament in Indianapolis later this month.
“When I came into this I didn’t think we’d do as good as we did,” Rayonna Sutterfield said. “But we started working hard and believing in each other and connecting, and then we came out on top.”
Sutterfield and her Aardwolf 13-1 teammates have been on top of their game.
The 12 and 13-year-olds captured 4 power league championships and won first place in their division in regionals. Now the girls are getting ready to represent Clark County at the USA Volleyball Junior Nationals for the first time ever.
“I’m just really excited to play and be there,” Lilly Long said. “You don’t really get to go to nationals every year, so going there is exciting.”
But the journey to the national stage hasn’t been easy for the girls.
“When we’re losing, everyone is pretty down-faced,” Zenora Salanoa said. “You have to know how to pick yourself up and say, ‘you can do this,’ and, ‘you can be the bigger person on the court.'”
Aardwolf 13-1 has a little over 2 weeks to raise money for their trip to Indianapolis. It will cost each girl about $1,200 to get there and participate.
The team has been holding fundraisers to raise money for the trip.
They also set up a GoFundMe account to help them reach their goal.