FAIRFIELD — High performance has a nice ring to it.
The tag applies to four members of Club Solano, who are on the road this week participating in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tayler Parks, Eriayana Laraya-Eatmon, Shaina Snyder and Carolyn McKee are members of the Northern California Volleyball Association Select Red team, which begins play on Tuesday.
“I’m excited to be going to the high performance tournament because it will be a brand-new experience, said Snyder, who will enter St. Patrick’s High of Vallejo in the fall. “Also, it will be my chance to meet new people from various places.”
Parks will be an eighth-grader at Green Valley Middle School.
“It feels like I’ve succeeded more in volleyball,” said Parks.
Laraya-Eatmon, who will be a freshman at Rodriguez, said she was excited to be selected.
“It was very exciting, because it’s the first time I’ve ever done it. I honestly didn’t think I’d get picked, so it was a real surprise.”
The Northern California Volleyball Association Select Red team will have two pool play matches on Tuesday, one on Wednesday and one on Thursday.
Challenge matches, bracket play and medal matches are Wednesday through Saturday.
There’s more to the event than winning and losing.
“I hope to bring back more, like playing time,” Parks said. “I want to improve on (being an) outside hitter.”
Laraya-Eatmon hopes she and her teammates “show our ability, what we can bring to the court. I’m looking forward just to have the experience of going, that I can improve my skills for the next year.”
“Volleyball has been my passion ever since I was a little girl,” Snyder said, “and to be selected to play with a high performance team and represent NorCal, it has been an honor as well as a rewarding opportunity.”
For McKee, High Performance originally meant a whole new ballgame, after initially being selected for beach play despite it being her first exposure to that aspect of the sport. She returned to the indoor game when a spot opened up on the Select Red squad.
“It was my first time I’ve ever played beach,” said McKee, who will be an eighth-grader at Green Valley. “I was kind of shocked because I was the only one that had not played beach before. I was shocked.”
Shocked but also a challenge she intended to meet. She was excited “just to learn (about) the way to play volleyball. Indoor and beach volleyball are so different. . . . For beach, sand, sun and wind change a lot of things. It’s more difficult to jump in sand because it restricts you.”
For now, the beach will have to wait. McKee and her Select Red teammates have games to play in Tulsa.
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