Team Clean wins Taylor Mud Volleyball Tournament
Tournament during the Meijer Taylor Summer Festival Sunday at Heritage Park.
The six-member coed team – which won the 36-team tournament in 2002 – returned to the winners circle of mud by defeating last year’s champ, We Are Family, in a 12-8 winner-take-all contest, ending the tournament nearly 11 hours after it started.
Team Clean, which was runner-up to We Are Family in 2005, was 5-0 in pool play and stayed undefeated through two playoff games in the double-elimination round. We Are Family’s only playoff loss was to Team Clean, but a 12-7 win over the Boneheads in the semifinals set up a rematch of last year’s final two teams.
Playing on Team Clean’s Court 1, We Are Family stunned its rivals with a 12-7 victory, forcing an extra game that would give one team bragging rights and send the other players home, well, with mud in their eyes.
We Are Family took a 5-1 lead in the final game before Team Clean battled back, making big plays count for points. Team Clean scored 11 of the last 14 points of the game and won, 12-8, taking its second title in five years.
“I was thinking about last year (when We Are Family had to win twice in the finals to earn the title – and did) and I didn't want that to happen again,” said Team Clean captain Mark Sikorski of Southgate. “They have a good team and definitely gave us a challenge.”
Other members of the winning team were Lisa Sikorski (Mark’s wife), Chris and Wendy White of Westland, Sandy Ybarra of Brownstown Township and Kristine Huck of Riverview.
Tournament director Jessica Toma of the Taylor Golf, Parks and Recreation Department presented Team Clean players with gift certificates to Heritage Perk, bags and coolers from Design Point, and a membership in the Taylor Recreation Center.
Members of runner-up We Are Family – which has won three tournaments in Taylor – included four members of the Taylor-based Miller family: Jack of Brownstown, Jason and Julia of Woodhaven and Julie of Dearborn Heights, plus cousin Eric Woods of Allen Park and Nicki Regner of Oak Park.
Other teams that won their pools included the Boneheads, Mud in Your Eye, LaFamilia and Mud Ballers.