Next Level Volleyball: Peach City Volleyball Club Opens Doors to Area Athletes
Posted at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2022
STORY BY SCOTT MIM
PHOTOS OF JULIA DAVIS
OWhen sisters Kacy Payton and Paige Hinton founded the Peach City Volleyball Club, they had one goal in mind: to create more opportunities for local volleyball hopefuls.
Payton and Hinton achieve this goal by providing a central location for training and reducing expenses for athletes who would otherwise have to travel outside of Chilton County to find a club volleyball team.
Peach City held its first Trials in October and November 2021 and played its first season in 2022.
“It’s basically the equivalent of travel softball,” Payton said. “It brings together girls who don’t go to the same school to have a next-level sporting experience.”
For the uninitiated, club volleyball is for 10-18 year olds only and is not affiliated with the school volleyball team. In fact, only three girls from the same school can play on the same team. The PCVC is registered with the Southern Regional Volleyball Association (SRVA), which allows both boys’ and girls’ teams, but the PCVC is currently made up of girls only.
Payton and Hinton are well aware of the expense associated with playing a sport like club volleyball. These expenses are exacerbated by the fact that most games require travel. Add to that the expense of traveling out of county to play on a team, and the impact on one’s budget can become significant.
“She (Paige) and I both played volleyball at CCHS, and we both played club volleyball,” Payton recalled.
When Payton played, she had to travel because there was no local club volleyball team to join. Additionally, his niece had to join a team based in Marbury to play club volleyball. Through PCVC, the sisters hope to bridge that gap for future generations of athletes.
Payton said the higher-level training offered by clubs like PCVC could potentially lead to an opportunity to play college volleyball.
“We try to make it as affordable as possible so girls can play,” she said, noting that PCVC awarded four scholarships in
2021 which allowed four girls to be able to play.
While the SRVA allows 10-18 year olds to compete, the Peach City Volleyball Club is still filling those age brackets.
“We had four teams,” Payton explained. “We had two teams that were in the 14-and-under group, then we had a 16-and-under group and a 17-and-under group, so four teams in total. Each team had about five tournaments. We hope to have enough interest for the 2023 season to have teams for ages 12U to 18U.
Tournaments are held over one or two days and PCVC has participated in tournaments in Pelham, Muscle Shoals, Hoover, Atlanta and Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Hinton has also conducted clinics at Verbena High School, Chilton Christian Academy, and the YMCA of Chilton County, in addition to teaching private lessons. Friendship Baptist Church has also granted the club access to its gymnasium.
“The YMCA is wonderful to let us use theirs, but they only have one volleyball net set up. We have to use different pitches,” Payton said. “It allows us to have a more cohesive training schedule.”
Anyone interested in trying out for the Peach City Volleyball Club should follow the club’s Facebook page or email [email protected] Trials for 14 and under will take place on October 15 and 16. Trials for ages 15 and up will take place on November 13 and 14.