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Gables’ Beach Volleyball Courts Make History for MDCPS

For years to come, Cavaliers will have the opportunity to play beach volleyball competitively.
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Barbara Teixeira
The volleyball courts are stationed in front of the Gables track. Enough space for two courts, the beach volleyball teams will start practicing on this terrain this month.

Coral Gables Senior High School is preparing to introduce a historical addition to the school campus. As the spring sports season approaches, both the girls and boys volleyball teams are collaborating to raise funds for the installation and maintenance of Gables’ first beach volleyball courts. The construction of these sand courts is nearing completion for the spring season. 

The project began over winter break, with the sand pits being completed on Jan. 8. The volleyball courts are located in front of the entrance of the track, a part of Gables’s vast field. Making enough space for two courts, the nets were added on Jan. 12.

In the coming days, Gables’ volleyball athletes and coaches hope to organize a friendly tournament to use these courts for the first time. 

Funding this accomplishment took the efforts of many generous donors. Over the break, both Cavalier volleyball teams held a carwash to help raise money for the cause. Direct efforts like theirs were conjoined with the contributions of Friends of Gables, who promoted the cause via social media.

“I started fundraising money when the ideas were first drawn up, before the car wash. I reached out to family members, friends and even asked my parents to make a donation,” sophomore William Hardie said.

Gables alum helped convert the idea of sandy courts into reality. However, reaching for an ultimate goal, the volleyball teams are looking to achieve their $90,000 goal, aimed at funding the construction of the new sand courts and future tournaments or competitions for the new team. In the future, Gables volleyball intends to put together a Chipotle fundraiser to reach their final milestone.

“I used to play with Phoenix [Volleyball Club] at Kennedy Park, the way I can now play a sport that I really loved playing in my own school is so exciting. I think it’s so exciting for not only volleyball players, but all students at Gables since we are the first public school in Miami-Dade to have a beach volleyball court on campus,” sophomore Serafina Baraloto said.

Mrs. D’Alemberte, head coach of the boys volleyball team, joined forces with her husband to give birth to the possibility of having courts at Gables. A Gables alum and coach at Phoenix Beach Volleyball, Mr. D’Alemberte liked the idea and was determined to follow through with it.

“I came across this idea along with my husband, Josh, who is an Alumni of Gables. We’re big promoters of outdoor sports. We thought, why doesn’t Gables have beach volleyball? […] We just thought “Let’s make this happen”. It took a lot of support from the community, from the boys’ volleyball team, the girls’ volleyball team, Friends of Gables and a lot of private donors to make it happen,” Mrs. D’ Alemberte said. 

Assisting the coaches, the Cavalier athletes stepped up to execute the plan. Girls volleyball captain Audrey Noval and boys captain Mauricio Quesada have been advocating for the idea since its conception. Not only did they get their teammates involved, but these captains have worked to garner support from the Gables community.  

“I’ve always loved beach volleyball, I would always invite by friends to play at the sand courts in Kennedy Park. So, seeing this in my own school is very exciting, it’s also such an amazing opportunity for the players to get better and have fun playing beach,” senior Quesada said.

Once the construction process is complete, Gables will have the privilege of owning the first beach volleyball courts in Miami Dade County Public Schools. Now, the Cavaliers want to assemble a team of girls beach volleyball players, since the boys are playing in the indoor season. This team will also be the first of its kind representing the school district. 

Tryouts for the girls beach volleyball team will take place on Feb 5. for anyone interested. The construction of these courts will propel Gables into another sport and a new environment, attracting more students to become Cavaliers in the future. 

About the Contributors
Barbara Teixeira, CavsConnect Staff Writer
Barbara Teixeira or Barb, as most people call her, is a sophomore in the International Baccalaureate program. Barbara joined CavsConnect to further her love of writing and to be able to bring her perspective to the Cavaliers through writing. She loves talking, so much that she speaks four languages. What seems like an advantage often gets her in trouble in class for talking to her friends too much. Barbara loves traveling, surfing in her hometown Rio de Janeiro and listening to music. Some things on Barbara's bucket list are backpacking around the world, seeing Frank Ocean live and getting 300 community service hours before graduation.
Yara Korse, CavsConnect Staff Writer
Yara Korse is trying her best to cruise through her second year of high school in the International Baccalaureate program. Even with all the activities she does in school, she still finds a way to keep up her 4.0 Grade Point Average. She is part of the cross country, track and field and tennis team. She is part of a few clubs in school including the International Baccalaureate Honor Society and Gables Wellness. Her solution to getting through high school is to listen to music whenever she can. She also loves to read fiction books; her favorite book series is "Percy Jackson". She wants to leave Florida when she gets out of high school and live in the Netherlands at one point in her life. When she is not drowning in the large amount of work that her amazing school gives to her, she is doing puzzles or annoying her little brother.
Andres Rodriguez, CavsConnect Sports Editor

Andres Rodriguez is a junior and retains the title of CavsConnect Sports Editor. Studying in the International Baccalaureate program, Andres is looking forward to this year for many reasons. He runs for the boys cross country team and is focused on breaking 19 minutes and 15 seconds for a five kilometer race. His Catholic faith, family and teammates are what drives him in his races or casual runs whenever he has time. On campus, Andres is also part of the International Baccalaureate Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society boards. As far as extracurricular events, Andres hopes to attend pep rallies and possibly Homecoming. The IB classes and assessments will be time consuming but Andres still intends to hangout with friends, volunteer at mass and take his dog, Max, on more walks. Some skills Andres wants to refine are driving and cooking. Finally, Andres continues to embody this Bible verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” -Philippians 4:13. 

 
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