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NMI volleyball takes a hit

THE Northern Mariana Islands Volleyball Association has taken a big hit from Super Typhoon Yutu causing a pause on all ongoing and upcoming events due to damaged facilities all around the island.

“We are getting reports that all indoor volleyball facilities were damaged. Some facilities hadn’t even been repaired yet after Soudelor. All beach courts will need a full rehab,” NMIVA President Laurie Peterka said.

“Avid beach players have done a good job putting temporary fixes in place at the Hyatt beach courts, but the nets will need to be repaired or replaced,” she added.

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Jamin Elliot reaches for a bump return during NMIVA’s recent Beach Volleyball Match Up 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Saipan.  Photo by James F. Sablan

Fiesta Resort staff took initiative and took down the nets and pulled out the court lines but one of the poles was hit from something big which snapped the basically snapped the pole in half. Fiesta re-fabricated the broken post and placed the nets back up for the students use but the poles will still need to be fixed as they are not standing straight. As for the gyms, there are no reports yet but Peterka plans to visit them this week and send photos to NMIVA’s chain of commands Oceania Zonal Volleyball Association, Asian Volleyball Confederation and Federation Internationale de Volleyball.

“I have reached out to the OZVA and the FIVB to see what kind of support that they might be able to offer. So far, I have heard from our OZVA Western Zone VP that they will likely be able to send equipment,” Peterka said.

The FIVB World Congress is on this week in Cancun, Mexico but Peterka was unable to attend. NMIVA did, however, ask Guam Volleyball Federation’s President Herman Ada to be their proxy and to see what kind of help that might be available. Cash contributions are not entirely available from the FIVB, AVC or OZVA but they might see some equipment contributions.

NMIVA’s first priority is coming up with a solution or alternative for the damaged facilities. “Maybe the most difficult for volleyball CNMI-wide thing is that PSS and COPSSA student leagues don’t have anywhere to play.” said Peterka.

“We are discussing this now and will know more by middle of next week,” she added.

NMIVA suffered from Typhoon Soudelor and made an attempt to rebuild but was set back once again due to Typhoon Yutu. “About 2-3 months ago, in an attempt to rebuild our capacity and overall foundation after our losses from 2015, NMIVA established a working group. The group met 2-3 times in August and September. We were due to meet again on October 24, the day of Yutu.” Peterka explained. Also, they were forced to cancel the CNMI Qualifier for the OZVA Beach Volleyball Championships due to take place in Tahiti in December. They had hoped to send two men’s teams.

Despite all the setbacks, NMIVA continues to look forward.

“The goal of the working group is to establish an agenda of things that we would accomplish over 12-months. Things like having monthly events and starting committees for coaches, referees and administration. The idea is to divide up areas of interest and responsibility, set goals that each committee would contribute to and make a comeback in terms of overall capacity, which we haven’t really done since 2015.” shared the NMIVA President. The first result of that working group was the recent 3-v-3 Beach Match Up.

“We had hoped to have two more events this year in November and December.  I am sure that we will have to basically put all those things on hold for a bit while we learn how the different working group members fared against Yutu. Also, it’s pretty obvious that our priorities will have to be adjusted according to whom and what is available,” Peterka said.