Volleyball returned to the sand court this past weekend at Northeast Park.


Co-ed and single-gender teams participated in a 3-on-3 tournament, playing best-of-3 matches of 21-point sets.


For some, such as in the 18-and-over division, it was a chance at some recreation. Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois revitalization plan got underway Friday.


For many of the girls in the 11-to-14 age division, it was their first chance to play competitively since mid-March, when the indoor Illinois Elementary School Association playoffs were called off because of the novel coronavirus.


Most importantly, the event raised $927 for the Kewanee Park District’s Jerry Nell fund — which provides need-based scholarships so families can enroll their children in youth sports.


The three winning teams in each age division donated their prize money back to the fund. The rest of the money came from entry fees, donations and drink sales.


"Great games, great teams, and great fans. I couldn't have asked for a better experience for this first-time event," said tournament organizer Kelli Jackson, a volleyball coach at Central Junior High School.


The Attack Pack won the 11-14 age group and included players from Wethersfield Junior High.


Emma Ellenberger, Sophie Nimrick, Kennady Anderson and Marlie Lindstrom had been on the indoor team that was state runner up in 2019 but had their 2020 season cut short.


Attack Pack defeated two teams from Bureau Valley schools. On Saturday, Attack Pack beat the Storm with Callie Michlig, Mattie Michlig and Addi Wessel. On Sunday, Attack Pack beat BV with Kate Salisbury, Emma Stabler, Katelyn Stoller and Annabelle Myong.


Chicks With Digs, also a Wethersfield contingent, won the 15-17 age group. It included two players from the same runnerup squad — Raqi Young and Cora Hodge — and two from the 2018 state quarterfinalists — Hannah Jagers and Marah Young.


Chicks With Digs beat the Triple Threat of Abby Price, Cayman Milroy, and Tayler Raska from Galesburg in the semifinals and Notorious D.I.G. of Nevyah Lewis, Harper Gillespie and Mayra Diaz of Kewanee in the finals.


In the 18-and-over division, Somebody Call 9 Juan Juan won the championship. The team, which included Jose Cano, Juan Rodriguez, Guadalupe Lopez and Manuel Diaz, beat Two Bump Chumps in the quarterfinals. It advanced past Two Jerks and a Squirt in the semis and Los Diablos in the finals.


During Saturday’s championship bracket matches, there were about 40 spectators arranged in lawn chairs and on picnic tables about 30 yards from the sand pit.