The players climbed into a dirt ditch, which was full of water that came up to their knees.
This was the mud volleyball tournament at Diamond Valley Community Park, which was part of the 92nd annual Windsor Harvest Festival on Saturday. As the name would suggest, it can get pretty muddy. Especially for players who have to dive for the ball, submerging themselves in the water.
Kendra Martin, recreation supervisor for the town of Windsor, said that mud volleyball is a festival mainstay because of the opportunity for people to come out in community and have fun together.
“It’s a way for people to be able to play a sport and not necessarily need to have incredible skill. It’s a good way to get dirty and have fun,” Martin said.
One of the teams that played Saturday was Agapao, or 6:35. They started as a youth group out of Calvary Chapel Windsor, which explains the team names. Agapao is a word for Christian love, as the front of the team T-shirts defined. Their other team name, 6:35, comes from John 6:35. The verse was printed on the back of the team shirts. Saturday marked their first year at Harvest Festival, and they weren’t quite sure what their official team name was. They went with 6:35 for the announcement.
The members of the team were Christian Cox, Alex Cox, Madilyn Slocomb, Joshua Burke, Jake Burke, Luca Monico, Thomas Janocek, Kristen Malanreo, Sammie Kolosky and Justin Guay.
“It’s 80 percent pain, 20 percent pleasure,” joked Christian Cox as the team prepared for its match, wrapping tape around their feet and hitting the ball amongst themselves.
Eventually team In Your Face won 24-19, eliminating 6:35 from the competition. The team was in good spirits after its loss, reminding one another that it was only their first year, and they were bound to have some kinks to work out.