RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas –
Precision hitting and hustle enabled the 12th Communications Squadron to defeat the Air Education Training Command, 25-11 and 25-20 on June 21 for the Randolph Intramural Volleyball Championship.
The Communicators started out strong in the first game and rallied in the second game to hold off AETC in the title match, which was held at the Rambler Fitness Center.
Kirk Reimer led 12th CS with 10 kills, scoring five of the team's first 11 points in the opening game as the Communicators jumped out to an 11-4 lead. Reimer's presence at the net in the first game and AETC's inability to get a run going was too much for the squad to overcome.
"It was a lot of fun playing out there," said Reimer, after the Communicators received their first place trophy. "Everything was clicking for us tonight. Everybody was prepared and ready to play, and it showed in our performance."
Unlike the first game, the Communicators got off to a rough start in the second game. AETC, led by the serving of Teresa Thompson and Chris Powell, forced the Communicators to commit a couple of errors and side outs in taking a 6-2 lead. AETC held narrow three point leads throughout the second game before the Communicators rallied to tie it up at 12.
A kill by Rob White put the Communicators up for good at 13-12. White, Reimer, David Barnes and Steve Hajek came up with kill shots that helped the Communicators clinch the title.
Communicators coach Robert Reed said his team captured the title because each player executed and did their job.
"Our main strategy was to put the right people in the right positions," he said. "The strategy worked effectively."
The 12th Communications Squadron won the title a year after they missed out on making the playoffs, which made it even more special, Reed said.
"It was a breakthrough year for us," he said.
AETC was in the championship game for the third straight year. In the regular season, the Communicators and AETC split the two games they played against one another.
AETC coach Mark Baer said the Communicators had everything going for them during the game.
"They outplayed us tonight," he said. "They were just bigger and stronger."
Coming into the playoffs, the Communicators and AETC were the top two seeds. The Communicators and AETC met in the semifinals with the Communicators winning the match.
AETC was able to bounce back and defeat the Air Force Personnel Center to set up a rematch with the Communicators in the championship game.
Col. James Sohan, 12th Mission Support Group commander, gave out the first and second place trophies during the awards ceremony.
Sohan said to both teams that he was impressed with their play, determination and heart during the match.
"The competition showed why you were two of the elite teams in the league," he said.