Nevada dignitaries open volleyball facility |

Nevada dignitaries open volleyball facility

Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn, Secretary of State Dean Heller and Carson City Mayor Marv Teixeira were among those on hand for the grand opening of the 12,000 square foot Sierra Nevada Athletic Center last week in Carson City.

As the new home for the Capital City Volleyball Club, and the Lake Tahoe Training Center, this facility provides a much-needed opportunity for girls ages 12 to 18 to have a permanent place to play and practice volleyball.

With morethan 200 people in attendance, many of them uniformed girls from the club, the governor and other representatives participated in the official ribbon cutting ceremony to open the beautiful, new building.

“The support the community has given to make this facility a reality is phenomenal,” Guinn said. “We all appreciate all who worked together to give kids in Nevada this opportunity”.

The club has 128 volleyball playing members from all over Northern Nevada, with room for expansion.

“We have many girls from Tahoe, and have had members from as far as Spring Creek and Winnemucca,” said Mike Reeder, who along with wife Pam came up with the idea and financed the facility.

“These girls will make friendships that will last forever,” added Secretary of State Heller. “I wish we had a facility like this when we were kids.”

Heller, a multi-sport athlete himself while growing up in Northern Nevada, joked how he and a group of male friends were solidly trounced by a group of girls they challenged in volleyball during his younger days.

“Volleyball is the largest girls’ sport in the country and also the largest club sport in the country,” said club director Dan McLaughlin, also coach at Whittell High School. “With a facility like this one, local players will have more of an opportunity to get recognized by college recruiters.”

The 12-year-old team then put on an inspiring display of drills and techniques. The 17- and 18-year olds followed with an intense demonstration match. Four of the senior girls were acknowledged for receiving offers to play in college.

The evening concluded with University of Nevada volleyball coach Devin Scruggs speaking to the girls and parents about recruiting procedures. With more than 1,000 colleges at different levels who play volleyball, coach Scruggs stressed the importance of academics, dedication and following the necessary steps for girls who wish to continue their volleyball careers after high school.

For players, parents and coaches, the opening of this facility offered proof that volleyball in Northern Nevada is on solid ground for many years to come.

For more information on the Capital City Volleyball Club, phone McLaughlin at (530) 544-2538.

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