Two volleyball teams vie for victory, both move to next level

Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, in red, took the garrison-level championship during the 2016 USAG Ansbach Unit Volleyball Championship at Katterbach Fitness Center Tuesday. (U.S. Army photo by Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs)

Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, in red, took the garrison-level championship during the 2016 USAG Ansbach Unit Volleyball Championship at Katterbach Fitness Center Tuesday. (U.S. Army photo by Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs)

Story and photos by Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

ANSBACH, Germany (May 4, 2016) – Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, took the garrison-level championship during the 2016 USAG Ansbach Unit Volleyball Championship at Katterbach Fitness Center Tuesday.

Both HHC and the rival team from H Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, qualified to move onto the IMCOM — Europe Unit Volleyball Championship games at Hohenfels, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, which are set to take place May 13 through 15.

Col. Christopher M. Benson, USAG Ansbach commander, thanked both teams for competing and moving on to represent the garrison at the IMCOM — Europe level. He presented trophies to both teams and to the most valuable player.

First Lt. Haley Freeman, the HHC’s team captain, earned “most valuable player” during the game. HHC’s first game of the season was against H Company, and HHC lost.

“Both teams improved a lot throughout the season, so it was great to play them as our final game and win against them,” said Freeman. “Now we’re even.”

Freeman played volleyball before joining the Army and has played volleyball in the Army for the past three years.

“The Army’s a very competitive place, and especially when you’re all together pitted against an adversary, whether that be another company or what-have-you, it’s very easy to work together,” said Freeman.

To learn more about the USAG Ansbach sports and fitness programs, visit USAG Ansbach Sports and Fitness.

To see more photos of the event, visit the 2016 USAG Ansbach Unit Volleyball Championship photo album.


To read the story as it appears on the Army News Service, visit www.army.mil/article/167358.

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