The local volleyball club teamed up with a global volleyball tour program, so high school and middle school players from Sparks and Reno could compete against elite teams in Europe for two weeks in June.
Twenty-three players from seven different local high schools and two middle schools will represent the Silver State in Italy, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.
Two of those players are from the Rail City. Kate Castro, who will be a senior at Spanish Springs next year, and Tori Jensen, who will be a sophomore at Reed, are part of the group.
Castro has traveled through Europe in the past, seeing places like Greece, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium and France. But this experience will be one of a kind and she is looking forward to visiting Prague.
“I’ve been to Europe a couple of times. To be able to go there and do what I love is even better,” Castro said. “I started playing volleyball in seventh grade. I was never really athletic, but that was the only thing that I got hooked on. Now I do it 24/7 basically. I have two days off this month from it.”
Players from Bishop Manogue, Damonte Ranch, Galena, McQueen and Wooster will also be making the trip that lasts from June 9 to 22.
Castro said that is another aspect of the trip she will enjoy.
“I think the fact that our club is giving us the opportunity to do this just makes it that much more of an experience for all us young girls. I think it makes the experience that much better because we get to go there and do something we enjoy and meet people from different countries who have the same interest that we do,” Castro said. “Some girls’ parents aren’t going so we get to hang out together all the time with our teammates that we’ve played with for years. That makes it more fun.”
According to the press release, the NNJ “hopes to provide similar international tour opportunities like this each year, exposing student athletes to international travel and other cross-cultural experiences through the sport of volleyball.”
Not only will this trip allow the local girls to play against elite European clubs, but they will also get to see the Czech Junior National Team line up across the net from them.