Adults in Sampson County may soon have more recreational opportunities at their fingertips, thanks in part to the first-ever adult coed volleyball league which kicked off this summer and was declared a huge success.
According to Garrett Bryant, Northern District superintendent for Sampson Parks and Recreation, the coed volleyball was the first in the recreation’s history but, hopefully, not the last adult program that will be offered.
“The overwhelming feedback from the community, expressing how excited they were with having an adult league sport, was great,” Bryant noted. “Many said they hope SCPR continues to keep adult volleyball around in the future.”
The response was so good, in fact, that Bryant said plans were to strive to produce more adult programs for county recreation.
Bryant noted that plans are in the works for adult kickball in the fall and a corn hole tournament in September.
The coed volleyball was the first time the county dipped into the adult recreation waters. Over the course of the last six weeks, approximately 50 participated on the volleyball court.
Bryant stated the games were played on Tuesday and Thursday nights, with five teams participating. They represented the Midway and Union districts and games were played at Union Intermediate School and the old Midway Elementary School.
Each group got to select their team name. Names such as No Diggity, Dat Ace Doe, FMS Extreme, Sampson County Parks and Recreation, and Plain View Elementary were the ones chosen.
Sampson Parks took both the regular season championship and the tournament championship. The tournament, Bryant said, was a hard fought battle that went 5 sets.
“The reviews for the co-ed volleyball were thoroughly enjoyed by all and we want it to continue. It seems the fans and players couldn’t get enough. They had the opportunity to hang out with their peers and enjoyed the friendly competitive sport,” noted Bryant.
Bryant also said an adult co-ed softball league will be established either in the spring or summer of 2016.
The Sampson County Parks and Recreation volleyball team won the Rec Department’s first-ever coed volleyball tournament during its first-ever coed volleyball season. Pictured are members of the winning team. They are, back, from left: Christopher Edwards, Josh David, Steve Foley, Doug DeVincentis, Chris Bell; and front row, from left: Carla Taylor, Cameron Bryant, and Leslie Mattocks. Not pictured Ivey Parker and Brittany Testerman.