Tribal Members compete in Diggin’ It Volleyball

Southern Ute tribal member, Grace Gonzales gets into the action with a serve on her hometown court during the Diggin’ it USA Volleyball Tournament, Saturday, April 6.
Four Corners Volleyball Club members, Grace Gonzales ( 8th grade at the Ignacio Middle School), and Marisa Carmenoros (10th grade at the Ignacio High School). Both girls played in tournaments in NM, Nevada and Arizona from January to April, 2019.
Local youth gave the competition a run for their money Saturday, April 6, in the Diggin’ it USA Volleyball Tournament. Marisa’s team came in second and Grace’s team came in third out of 20 teams in their division. Teams came from Texas, Arizona and New Mexico to compete.
Courtesy Amy Barry
Courtesy Amy Barry
Courtesy Amy Barry

The Four Corners Volleyball Cub hosted the Diggin’ it USA Volleyball Tournament April 6 – 7, in Durango, Colo.  Games were held at Ignacio High School, Bayfield High School, Miller and Escalante Middle Schools, Durango High School, the Durango Recreation Center and Fort Lewis College.  The tournament brought over 100 teams to our area from New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas to compete.  In addition to the competing teams, hundreds of family members travelled to our area to support these outstanding athletes.  Hotels and many other venues benefitted as well as Ignacio’s own Sky Ute Casino Resort.

Southern Ute tribal members, Marisa Carmenoros and Grace Gonzales participated in Four Corners Volleyball Club for the 2019 season. They competed in volleyball tournaments throughout the Southwest and Nevada. Both of their teams did an outstanding job in this year’s Diggin’ It Tournament.  Carmenoros’ team, FCVBC 16s, came in second with the Shonto Volleyball Club taking the Championship.  Gonzales’ team, FCVBC 14-1s, made it to the Semi-finals, losing to Amarillo X-treme who took the Championship.

Grace Gonzales participated in Ignacio Middle School Basketball and Volleyball, she is the daughter of Mario Gonzales and Amy Young and the granddaughter of Marge Barry.  Marisa is on the Ignacio High School Varsity Volleyball Team, she is the daughter of Sky Dawn Moccasin-Flower and granddaughter of Sanjean Burch. We’d like to congratulate them on their 2019 season with the FCVBC.


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