NORTH SMITHFIELD – The month-old beach volleyball court that sits in the middle of what used to be the Pacheco Park tennis courts is a thing of beauty and could probably pass for one of the regularly used courts on the AVP professional beach volleyball circuit.
Kyle Alves, who played for North Smithfield High’s men’s volleyball team from 2017 to 2019 and graduated last spring, created the court as part of his senior project, and that meant not only getting the approval of the municipal council on September 16th. , but also raise over $5,000 to get the job done.
Alves, who also captained the Northmen boys’ indoor track team last winter, also wanted to see the court used for youth volleyball leagues when completed, but the COVID-19 pandemic , who had wiped out his senior season on Nova Scotia volleyball. team, also put those plans on hold.
“We wanted to start a youth league,” said Kate Pasquariello, coordinator of the city’s parks and recreation program and Alves’ mentor for her project. “We had a coach, Carlos (DeSousa, new North Smithfiled High Head boys’ volleyball coach), who is very enthusiastic and was totally on board, but the town administrator didn’t feel comfortable to lead a city league of some kind this summer. .”
“But the court is open,” Pasquariello added, “and everyone playing there is either (from) a private band or the public.”
Pasquariello would like to have some sort of league going this fall, but if that’s not possible, “then we’d like to start one next year with middle and high school ages, basically just to get our feet wet in the sport of volleyball,” she added. “It’s quite a popular sport; two of my three kids play volleyball.
As for the field, some of the city’s companies that usually sponsor teams in the city’s soccer, basketball and Youth Little League programs, such as Holliston Sand, Beauchemin Lumber and National Marker Company, participated. at its inception, “and those companies that donated were very generous,” Pasquariello added, “They wanted to help us in any way they could.
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