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Alumni, Buff Puff Volleyball Make For Fun, Fundraising
Escalon varsity volleyball head coach Teresa Williamson, back right, smiles along with member of the alumni team, bringing together players from the past for a fundraising evening of fun.Times Photos By Marg Jackson

A fundraiser for the current Escalon High School volleyball program, a special evening of fun and competition was featured on the EHS court on Thursday, April 12.

First, the boys took to the volleyball court for a Buff Puff battle, starting with the juniors vs. sophomores. The game was played with a running clock as opposed to in sets, with the team recording the most points when time ran out declared the winner.

The sophomores prevailed in a 42-33 final against the juniors.

Then it was the seniors taking on the freshmen and the seniors won their contest, 25-20.

That set up the winner-take-all final battle and the back and forth contest featured several exciting volleys before the sophomore squad ultimately took the Buff Puff title with a 25-23 win.

Like the Powder Puff football for girls in the fall features players from the football teams as coaches, the Buff Puff volleyball had coaches from the girls volleyball teams working with their classmates.

Following the boys contests, a team of EHS alumni volleyball players took the court to face off with current Lady Cougars.

Alumni taking part included Jenna (Martin) Rodriguez, Michele Barajas, Krystal (Barajas) Rodriguez, Nicole Bianchi, Brooke Silva, Morgan Jensen, Emily (Gallego) Johnson, Stephanie Williamson, Nicole (Hoover) Williamson, Jayme (Greer) Lueck, Kristi Rigg, Charlene (Swickard) Tobin and Krysten Rose.

The alumni vs. the Lady Cougars did play a traditional match, with the alumni squad winning in three straight. The first game was 26-24 and the second game saw another hard fought battle, 27-25. The final game was a 25-14 decision, the alumni team completing the sweep.

Varsity volleyball head coach Teresa Williamson said she was excited about how well-received the evening was, with a large crowd turning out to support the alumni and enjoy the boys taking the court for volleyball. It is hoped the fundraiser will become an annual event.