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Brooksville co-ed volleyball league shows a big spike in interest

Steve Mahon, bottom left, hits the ball back over the net during a match at Faith Presbyterian church.

CHRIS PRICE | Special to the Times

Steve Mahon, bottom left, hits the ball back over the net during a match at Faith Presbyterian church.

Perhaps it's a religious experience. More realistically, it's probably just for the games. For the players of the eight-team Co-ed Volleyball League at Faith Presbyterian Church in Brooksville, the players, high-school aged and up, are there for the competition.

"I went to other church groups, letting them know about our upcoming league and that they could play in it," Faith's recreation director Drew Taylor said. "The word really spread, and to be honest, we have a better quality of players in this league."

Taylor, 23, chalks that up to the fact that a lot of the players are not part of the church. He has no problem with that, just notes that most have playing experience in high school and maybe some college.

"You can tell most have played at least somewhere," Taylor adds. "Either the girls played in high school and the guys on the beach, which gives us a good, wide variety of players."

Teams have six players with a minimum two women on each. Games are Mondays from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and the league will run until April 6. Taylor hopes to have another league in the summer, but if that doesn't happen, the next one will be in September, and open gym will return Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m.

Taylor was impressed by the turnout on the first night, Feb. 9. There are 60 players in the league, and with spectators, Taylor figured there about 100 people to play and just watch the game.

"The league is just great," he said. "Each time, it turns out better than I expect."

For more info on volleyball and other recreational sports at the church, contact Taylor at (352) 584-7716.

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Brooksville co-ed volleyball league shows a big spike in interest 02/25/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 8:14pm]
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