Mika Navratil, left, serves the ball Monday night at Craig Middle School. Navratil was playing Craig Parks and Recreation adult coed volleyball.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Mika Navratil, left, serves the ball Monday night at Craig Middle School. Navratil was playing Craig Parks and Recreation adult coed volleyball.

Craig Parks and Recreation volleyball offers chance to continue love of game

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A player at Craig Parks and Recreation adult coed volleyball on Monday night.

During Craig Parks and Recreation adult coed volleyball Monday night at Craig Middle School, the only thing shared by the players were the courts.

There were parents, high school and middle school teachers, college students, former Bulldog standouts, an athletic director and very few matching uniforms.

The games were played in the gym at Craig Middle School, and the only referee was a Moffat County High School junior.

An eclectic crowd, but the games played were focused.

Elbows were scraped as players dove to the floor for loose balls, just like any other league.

Some players made their name playing at Moffat County High School, while others just came to get out of the house.

Amy Dilldine is well known for her prowess as a volleyball player, when she led the 2007 girls varsity volleyball team to a 17-5 mark.

Now in town studying to become a nurse, Dilldine is still dangerous on the court.

But, instead of her high-stress battles in Bulldog blue, Dilldine said she enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere in the middle school's gym.

"I've been doing it since junior year," she said. "This is just for fun."

Sandy Camilletti is a familiar face at any Moffat County High School volleyball game.

Her daughter, Makayla, is a middle hitter on the junior varsity and varsity teams.

"I just like to play," she said. "There are only four teams, and we're all evenly put together."

In a coincidence, Camilletti played Monday night against her high school coach, Becky Field.

Field, like Camilletti, has a daughter playing in the high school ranks, as her daughter Jordan splits time with varsity and junior varsity teams.

While several members of all the teams are familiar because of connections to Moffat County volleyball, most are recognizable because most players return, Field said.

"We've been playing here a long time, and we've been playing together," she said. "I think we've all been playing together for 20 years."

Field said regardless of age, the teams play at a similar level.

"I think the average age on my team is 42," she said. "We played one team that averaged 25, and another that was probably around 35."

Field said there was one good reason why she will keep playing.

"As long as you get off your butt and sweat, you'll enjoy it," she said. "It used to be 'We have to win,' but now it's 'We have to sweat.'"

Field said she would call it a career when she can no longer keep up with the other teams.

"We're going to play until we can't hang in there with the other teams," she said. "It's good though, it gets us off the couch."

Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or bbulkeley@craigdailypress.com.

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