By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterDecember 15, 2011
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Department of Defense contractor team, Roll Tide, took on the Headquarters, Headquarters Company 110th Aviation Brigade, Dec. 8, to take the title as post champions in the intramural coed volleyball championship.
The final tournament matchup consisted of a three-match game to determine which team would take home the post championship, with Roll Tide emerging victorious, winning two out of three matches in the final game.
"We kept our strategy simple," said Clay Craig, team captain for Roll Tide. "It's easy to get confused with six people playing if you haven't played for a long time, so we kept our hitters spread out and had our defense cover certain areas of the court.
"This was the first year any of us had played in the league, so even though there are three of us that are related, our chemistry had to build," he added. "During the playoffs, we finally got it together and played the best we ever had at the finals."
He discussed the pressure his team was under to pull out the win because of a loss early on in the first game of the tournament.
"[The pressure] was on us to win because we had a loss by forfeit, so it was a win-or-go-home situation, but I think the extra pressure made us play better," said Craig.
In the final three matches of the game it seemed that the tournament could go either way with Roll Tide winning the first match 25-10. The HHC 110th put the pressure back on Roll Tide, however, by winning the second match 15-25.
"The other team was very good," said the Roll Tide captain. "[Team HHC 110th AB] knows the game, gave 100 percent effort and their big hitter was a key player who we focused on the entire time."
Craig emphasized the how his team worked together to pull out the win, rather than accrediting the victory to any single player.
The final victory went to Roll Tide when they pulled out a win in the final match, beating HHC 110th 15-7 for the tournament win.
"It's really hard to give an individual an MVP in volleyball because it is truly a team sport," he said. Every point matters and some people are stronger at certain things than others but as long as everyone gives full effort on each play, it usually works out in [the teams] favor. Overall, it was a good season and I look forward to next year."