While last weekend's weather put a damper on most athletic events in Columbia County, volleyball players were safe and dry inside area gyms competing in the March Blowout 2003.
The Saturday event was part of a split tournament co-sponsored by the Augusta Junior Olympic Volleyball Club and the Clemson-Foothills Volleyball Club.
The March Blowout was sanctioned by the Palmetto Region of the USA Volleyball Association. The Palmetto Region features junior club teams from South Carolina, Augusta and Athens.
Clemson-Foothills hosted the Club 12's and open/power team divisions.
The Augusta Juniors hosted 34 Club level teams in the following age divisions: 13-and-under; 14-and-under; 15-and-under; 16-and-under; 17-and-under; and, 18-and-under.
Augusta Junior Olympic Volleyball Club celebrate after winning the 18's Gold Division.
Gym sites were Patriots Park, Greenbrier High School, Lakeside High School and Augusta Preparatory Day School.
All four Augusta Juniors club volleyball teams participated: the 18-and-under team, which was coached by Ron Cupp; the 17-and-under, coached by Mike Johnson; and, two 14-and-under teams, coached by Sarah Carper and Evalissa Kerns.
Augusta's 18-and-under team placed first in the 18's Gold Division, the 17-and-under team took second in the 17's Gold Division, and the 14-and-under #1 team finished second in the 14's Gold Division.
Tournament results - Club Division
Gold: first - Clemson Foothills; Second - Club Camden.
14-and-under Club Division
Gold: first - Charleston National; second - Augusta Juniors #1.
Silver: first - Carpe Diem Black; second - Georgia Juniors.
15-and-under Club Division
Gold: first - Carpe Diem Orange; second - Charleston 15 Regional #2.
16-and-under Club Division
Gold: first - Aiken; second - Georgia Juniors.
Silver: first - Low Country; second - Club Savannah.
17-and-under Club Division
Gold: first - Carpe Diem Black; second - Augusta Juniors.
Silver: first - Spirit 17-2; second - Spirit 17-1.
18-and-under Club Division
Gold: first - Augusta Juniors; second - Georgia Juniors.
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