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NEWS | April 10, 2013

Airmen “set” for All-Air Force Women’s Volleyball Camp

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Hyatt Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Two Airmen from Joint Base Charleston were recently selected to participate in the 2013 All-Air Force Women's Volleyball Trial Camp April 14, 2013, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

Joint Base Charleston - Air Base's Senior Airmen Sebastiana Solis-Lopez, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and Sheila Sanchez-Tosado, 628th Communication Squadron, were chosen to compete with 10 other athletes (Air Force-wide) for a position on the 2013 United States Air Force Women's Volleyball Team.

Athletes earning a position on the Air Force team will be able to participate in the 2013 Armed Forces Women's Volleyball Championship held May 2 - 13, 2013, at Hill AFB, Utah. Participants not earning a berth on the Air Force team will return to their unit immediately upon their release from the Trial Camp and Air Force athletes not earning a position on the combined Armed Forces All-Star Women's Volleyball team will return to their home station after the Armed Forces Championship.

Both JB Charleston Airmen are unit deployment managers with their respective units. UDM's conduct all administrative functions for troops that are deployed to accomplish the Air Force mission in peace or wartime scenarios and are also responsible for the accounting and deployment of logistical items and equipment of Air Force operations.
"We feel very fortunate to have this opportunity," said Solis-Lopez, a native of San Bernardino, Calif. "I'm definitely thankful for my commander's and supervisor's support and look forward to giving it my all."

From April 14 to May 1, 2013, Solis-Lopez and Sanchez-Tosado will endure two weeks of rigorous training at the Warrior Fitness Center at Hill AFB.

With a light practice on arrival day (April 14), the camp will hold two practices daily, according to Solis-Lopez.

According to Katie Kimmich, U.S. Air Force Women's Volleyball Team coach, the majority of team play and jumping will be done in the morning with a lighter serve-and-pass session in the afternoon followed by conditioning or weights. Saturdays and Sundays mornings will be reserved for scrimmages.

"I'm very excited!" said Sanchez-Tosado, a Rincon, Puerto Rico native. "I can't wait to get out there and represent JB Charleston. It's going to be tough, but I'm ready to take on anything."

Air Force athletes can also earn a berth on the Armed Forces Women's Volleyball Team representing the Air Force in the 2013 National Volleyball Championship May 24 - 29, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.

The U.S. Air Force Women's Volleyball Team won the gold medal in 2010 and received bronze in the 2011 tournament.

For more information on the All-Air Force Women's Volleyball Selection, contact the project officers at 210-395-7355.