SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Head coach Amy Bomar of the Converse Volleyball Team paired up with her assistant, Erin Courtenay, and four other girls from the Charleston, S.C. area to compete in the United States Amateur Volleyball (USAV) Open Nationals on May 25-27. The tournament was held in Dallas, Texas, while Bomar and Courtenay competed in the Women's A Division, the second-highest division at the tournament.
This marks the first time Bomar has played competitive 6-on-6 volleyball since 2012 when she played professionally for Sweden, and the first time Courtenay has stepped on the court in competition since her collegiate playing days at Limestone College ended in 2015.
"When people ask me why I coach and play volleyball, it is such a simple answer...for love of the game and what it has given me", said Bomar. "After this tournament, I can say that I have played in 25 different states and 2 countries. Without volleyball, I may never have left Chicago or gotten to travel across the country. As much as I love being on the sidelines coaching, I have always missed playing competitively. This opportunity to play again was a dream come true."
During the tournament both players were able to reunite with former teammates and players. Courtenay played alongside her college teammate, Jessica Onken, while Bomar was able to share the court with her former player, Jessica Graham. Overall, the team finished 4-3, good enough for a 35th-place finish out of 56 teams. Courtenay showed fresh legs as she was able to lead the team in kills and blocks.
The duo plan to return to the court next year as the tournament will shift to Ohio. "Erin and I are looking forward to returning to nationals next year in Columbus, Ohio."