City/County volleyball: All-star match postponed Saturday due to gym conflict

The Fresno BeeJune 21, 2014 

The City/County Boys All-Star Volleyball Game was postponed Saturday because of an unexpected gym conflict that angered game director Brian Tsukimura and left its rescheduling in limbo.

Tsukimura, Fresno State's men's volleyball club coach and in his 10th year of managing the City/County game, went to the school's South Gym at 2:30 p.m. to turn on the air conditioning in preparation for the 6 p.m. match.

But once there he found the floor covered with mats, tables and chairs for what he believes to be an upcoming function.

"I was like, 'Oh my God, I don't know what's going on,' " said Tsukimura, who then immediately informed coaches and players through calls and texts.

There were no presale tickets, so refunds are not an issue.

While Tsukimura's confident the game will be played, rescheduling promises to be difficult, he said, with U.S. Junior Nationals set for next weekend in Houston.

Many players also have other summer commitments such as family vacations.

Further, the South Gym won't be available until after July 19.

"We may move it to a high school site just for this year," said Tsukimura, who anticipates cooperation in part because several of the area boys volleyball coaches played for his club team at Fresno State.

Actually, Tsukimura said, he may find some consolation through the debacle.

Several of the area's top players -- specifically, Bee Player of the Year Lake Merchen of Buchanan and Bee All-Stars Wesley Arnold, Aaron Samarin, David Wiechmann, Trent Braswell and Sean Smith of Buchanan and Clovis West -- were not going to play Saturday while participating instead in this weekend's Junior National Boys Classic in Anaheim.

"Hopefully," Tsukimura said, "some of those guys will be able to play when we reschedule."

He said he had gone through normal protocol at Fresno State to book the gym for Saturday's game.

"And I checked (Friday) and we were the only one scheduled to use the gym (Saturday)," he said. "I'm told this is the 25th year of the game, so we wanted to do something special. It's disappointing."

With the campus empty of administrators Saturday, Tsukimura said he was unable to get an explanation for the scheduling conflict.

The reporter can be reached at aboogaard@fresnobee.com or @beepreps on Twitter.

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