With the Kodiak High School gym near completion, the Parks and Recreation volleyball co-ed league is finally about to begin.

The league was delayed a month because new flooring had to be installed at the gym. That process is almost finished, and the league will commence play Dec. 9.

This is Corey Gronn’s third year organizing the volleyball league, and each year the numbers have increased. He said more than 200 players competed on 14 teams last season.

“I hope to go up a little bit this year,” he said at Monday’s organizational meeting. “It would be nice to have the same amount, if not more, just to grow the interest.”

In comparison, city league basketball has more than 300 players, making this the busiest time of the year for the Parks and Recreation staff.

Gronn was hoping to start the league on time but could not secure a gym and was forced to wait until the high school gym became available. The bleachers are being installed now, and the gym will be ready for use Dec. 2. Open gym volleyball will be next week — Monday and Wednesday for B division and Tuesday and Thursday for A division — beginning at 8:10 p.m.

Because of the shortened season, there will be just one tournament at the end of the season. It will begin March 17.

The women’s league will begin play the first week of April.

Teams can sign up until noon Friday, Dec. 6 at the Kodiak Community Swimming pool. Entry fee is $200 for an adult team and a $150 for a student team.

“I’m just excited and ready to get it kicked off,” Gronn said.

Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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