Columbia College hosts Show-Me State Games volleyball

Sunday, July 27, 2008 | 10:57 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Luana Branco refereed several volleyball games at the Show-Me State Games on Saturday and Sunday at Southwell Complex at Columbia College.
Branco, a Columbia College volleyball player, said she got involved in the games as an official because her coach wanted players to help out. She said being a part of the games was a nice, fun experience and said it was not difficult to officiate.
“The coaches are very patient,” Branco said.
Parents and supporters cheered on fifth- and sixth-grade volleyball teams Saturday. Games continued in different divisions Sunday.
Abbey Verslues, 12, of Jefferson City played on Friday for the Central Missouri Volleyball Club Comets. This is her first year playing on a competitive team, however, she started playing the sport in a recreational league in the third grade.
Verslues said she enjoys all of the action in volleyball. During Friday’s game, she said she attempted an overhand serve for the first time and got the move right.
Alli Dalton, 15, and Sarah Steagall, 14, played Sunday for the Thunder team from St. Genevieve. They both play volleyball for the club team and their school team. They said they prepared for the games by practicing for two hours twice a week.
Dalton and Steagall said playing in the Show-Me Games was exciting.
“It’s fun playing against all the different people and teams,” Dalton said.