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It appears club volleyball is on its way to getting a toe hold in Duncan.
GayDeane Fritschow, director of CrossFire Volleyball Academy, as been pushing for more Stephens County girls to take part in the program, and this year her plan is starting to fall into place.
“We’ve got five girls from Duncan with us this year and I’m excited about that,” said Fritschow, whose daughter Bre was an All-State volleyball player for Duncan. “I think this will bring a lot to Duncan (High School’s program) this year and all of the schools around the area.”
The club, which has eight teams ranging from 13 to 18 years old, opened its season over the weekend in Oklahoma City as they took part in the Redlands Rendezvous tournament. The 15-year-old team, which includes Duncan’s Perry Presgrove, took fifth in the silver division out of more than 100 teams, while the 16s and 17s were both bronze division champions and the 13s finished 13th out of about 50 teams in the gold division.
“I was ecstatic,” Fritschow said of the team’s showing in the first tournament of the season.
The tournament, which featured teams from Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, was the first of many large tournaments for the club this winter. It will also travel throughout the southwest, including the Lone Start tournament in April in Dallas, where 150 courts will run at a time to accommodate the action.
Fritschow thinks having Duncan players competing in club volleyball (which many say is more highly competitive than high school volleyball) will help the Lady Demons in the coming years.
The CrossFire club, formerly called the Thunder, has been expanding toward Stephens County over the past year. This summer it held a camp at The Simmons Center and it has been regularly practicing at Edge Academy in Duncan.
“I would like to make a Duncan team,” Fritschow said. “I’m gland the Duncan School District has let us use one of their gyms this year.
“We’re keeping these girls active and in some sort of shape,” she added. “That’s why I really do this, to keep obesity out and keep them out of trouble.”