Intramural Volleyball started play at Abrams Physical Fitness Center Oct. 22.

After a one year hiatus the league has come back strong, consisting of nine teams.

Though it was just the first night of play, there was no shortage of fierce competition and unique playing methods.

Spc. Eddye Trujillo, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, was the star player of his team. He performed the perfect pass, off of a serve, using his chest instead of his forearms. Though it was an unconventional method for most volleyball players, for a soccer player like Trujillo, it was just instinct.CRDAMC won the game against 74th Multi-Role Bridge Company off of that volley.

Trujillo believes, even if they don’t make it all the way to the championship game, everyone will remember them.

“Even if we don’t win, people are going to remember us,” Trujillo said, laughing. “We’ve got plenty of clowns on our team.”

The final game of the night pitted 7215th Medical Support Unit against 1405 Troop Medical Clinic. Though the game didn’t end in their favor, Sgt. Kyle Krull and Sgt. Josh Miltier, 7215th MSU, definitely won everyone’s hearts. With their unit’s upbeat energy and Krull’s sparkly galaxy spandex, it was hard for spectators not to smile.

They were excited to participate in an intramural sport and represent their unit.

“As the 7215th, we’re a reserve unit and this is our opportunity to make our presence felt here on Fort Hood,” Krull said. “We get to get involved in an activity like this and exchange and interact with other units. It’s a good opportunity to put ourselves out there and maybe network with active duty Soldiers in a competitive and fun environment.”

Volleyball is completely new to both men and it surprised them.

 “It’s hard. It’s a lot harder than I thought it was,” Krull said of what surprised him about volleyball. “The sport, but also the ball itself, physically, is dense. I wasn’t expecting that at all.”

Trujillo wasn’t the only one passing using unconventional methods. Miltier took a painful route using his head during the game.

“Can you head-butt? Is that a thing? Can you actually head-butt?” Miltier asked, laughing. “I just did it because it was there and it’s just a reaction. It was either the face or the head, so take it in the head.”

They both found that volleyball is great for building communication and teamwork. It’s also something that can be outside of most people’s comfort zones and that’s even more of a reason to take it head on.

“It’s an activity outside of a Soldier’s comfort zone. It’s something to really put yourself out there into another element and see how you react and communicate and develop that team,” Krull said.

Miltier believes volleyball is an activity that can get Soldiers out there and give them something fun and challenging to do.

“It’s fun. It’s not mandated. It’s a thing to get everyone out and actually enjoy themselves,” Miltier said.

For more information, visit https://hood.armymwr.com/programs/intramural-sports or call 254-286-5800.