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Volleyball is played predominately by girls in this area, but Virginia Venom is giving the boys a chance to step on the court.
The Williamsburg-based athletics club announced it is moving forward with plans to have a 13U/14U boys volleyball team for the upcoming season.
With five players already committed to play for the Venom — Walker Van Kirk, Quinn Estlack, Canyon Koenig, Dillon Harms and Jack Sandhal — Virginia Venom Volleyball Director Greg Koon is expecting his team to compete when the season begins Dec. 1.
Koon said multiple players are currently “on the fence” with regards to playing for the Venom. Regardless of how many undecided players commit to play, Koon plans on recruiting from schools in the Hampton and Newport News areas where boys volleyball is played at the varsity level. He also plans to seek talent from the New Kent area.
With hopes of fielding a team with nine or 10 boys, Koon also has a backup plan in place in case the team is a few players short.
“In the worst-case scenario we would have to pull a girl or two to fill in the last spots,” he said. “Though I’m pretty confident we’ll end up with at least seven [boys].”
Of the players already committed to play for the Venom, Koon has been encouraged by the competitive nature of the players, who have yet to officially practice together as a team.
“The enthusiasm is incredible,” Koon said. “The thing about boys is they get that competitive bone a lot earlier than girls. Already these boys want to jump serve, attack the ball at the top of the net — it’s all about power and showmanship. It’s super exciting for us to have boys because it’s a completely different game than the girls’ game.”
Any players interesting in playing for the Venom or getting more information about the club are encouraged to email VirginiaVenomVB@cox.net.