RAB Women’s Volleyball Team finishes tryouts

Story and photos by Senior Airman
Jimmie D. Pike 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

KMC members play volleyball during tryouts Sept. 14 at the Ramstein Southside Fitness Center. Tryouts were held for the Ramstein Women’s Volleyball Team, which competes in the varsity sports program with other bases around the geographical location.

The 786th Force Support Squadron hosted tryouts for the Ramstein Women’s Volleyball Team at the Southside Fitness Center from Sept. 12 to 14.
Spanning three days, 13 women from the Kaiserslautern Military Community showed up to compete for an opportunity to play on the team.
“There won’t be a set roster for the team due to a majority of players being military, and jobs come first,” said Shane Spice, Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Teams Coach. “For each competition there’ll be 10 available spots on the roster, for anyone putting in the work. Other women interested in playing volleyball are still encouraged to come to the practices.”
Practice for the women’s team is every Monday and Wednesday, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“Everyone who came to participate in the tryouts was enthusiastic and motivated,” said Spice. “Most of them have previous experience playing or coaching, and I think we will be very competitive with the other teams.”
With the team’s first tournament on Oct. 7 to 8 approaching quickly, Spice explained his intent with coaching volleyball at Ramstein.
“I’m looking forward to providing opportunities for the men and women here to play volleyball,” said Spice. “The goal is to have a good time and build morale.”
The Southside Fitness Center has an open play segment on the courts every Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon and is open to anyone who wants to play.

Volleyball players congratulate each other after a good play during tryouts at the Southside Fitness Center Sept. 12 on Ramstein. Tryouts for the Ramstein Women’s Volleyball Team were held Sept. 12 to 14.

Gabby Ransom, left, 86th Force Support Squadron bartender, and Ashley Henriques, Ramstein High School Varsity Volleyball Team coach, prepare to receive a serve during tryouts at the Southside Fitness Center Sept. 14 on Ramstein. Players were cycled through different teams during tryouts to see which groups had the greatest chemistry on the court.

Shane Spice, men’s and women’s volleyball teams coach, speaks to players trying out for the women’s team at the Southside Fitness Center Sept. 12 on Ramstein. Fourteen athletes competed for a spot on the team during the three-day tryout.