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Vandenberg's chiefs serve losses to base colonels

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif, -- Members of the Eagles try to block a spike from the Chiefs during an Eagles vs. Chiefs Volleyball game in the Vandenberg Fitness Center Nov. 6.  This is the first Eagles vs. Chiefs game of its kind since Col. Steve Tanous took command of the 30th Space Wing.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Cole Presley)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif, -- Members of the Eagles try to block a spike from the Chiefs during an Eagles vs. Chiefs Volleyball game in the Vandenberg Fitness Center Nov. 6. This is the first Eagles vs. Chiefs game of its kind since Col. Steve Tanous took command of the 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Cole Presley)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief Master Sgt. Darryl Powell, 614th Air and Space Operations Center, volleys the ball back to the Eagle's side of the court during an Eagles vs. Chiefs Volleyball game in the Vandenberg Fitness Center Nov. 6. This is the first Eagles vs. Chiefs game of its kind since Col. Steve Tanous took command of the 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Cole Presley)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief Master Sgt. Darryl Powell, 614th Air and Space Operations Center, volleys the ball back to the Eagle's side of the court during an Eagles vs. Chiefs Volleyball game in the Vandenberg Fitness Center Nov. 6. This is the first Eagles vs. Chiefs game of its kind since Col. Steve Tanous took command of the 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Cole Presley)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- When Airmen think of a chief master sergeant, they might think of leadership, integrity or accomplishment. On Nov. 6, during a chiefs versus eagles game, Vandenberg's chiefs added something to that list: volleyball supremacy.

The event, which consisted of a slew of full bird colonels facing off against Vandenberg's top enlisted personnel, was a best of three series that the chiefs won in the first two games.

Although the series ended quickly, it was a hard-fought event by both squads.

The colonels took control of the first game early, sprinting to an early 10-4 lead. As the game progressed, the chiefs seemed to climb on the back of Chief Master Sgt. Edward Colquhoun. His play at the center of the net, which was highlighted by a spike over the head of an unidentified wing commander, made it impossible for the colonels to keep the 6 point edge.

The chiefs completed the comeback by winning the first game 15-13 and taking a 1-0 lead in the series.

What did the chiefs think about taking a 1-0 lead over their supervisors?

"It's scary," said Chief Colquhoun.

The colonels weren't as timid when recalling the first game.

"We underestimated them," said Col. Michael Fortney, the 30th Space Wing vice wing commander. "The stench of Ben-Gay made us think they would be as slow as they smelled; they were surprisingly agile."

In the second game, the chiefs brought a new look to the court.

"We were forced to augment a first sergeant into the game," said Command Chief Master Sgt. Cari Kent, 30th Space Wing. "We were afraid we wouldn't have enough chiefs to play."

The first shirt that Chief Kent spoke of was Master Sgt. Angela Fernandez of the 30th Medical Group. She is not your normal first shirt when it comes to volleyball. Her extraordinary passing ability, along with her high-velocity serves, allowed the chiefs to jump to an early 5-0 lead

The colonels, however, would not go down without a fight. Their teamwork and game plan, which seemed to focus on picking on a certain command chief, allowed them to bring the score within three at 9-12.

The colonel's momentum was then put on hold as Chief Kent was pummeled to the ground by her own teammate as he was diving for a ball. Her nasty fall forced her to be sidelined for the rest of the event.

As the players came back to the court, the chiefs and a first sergeant showcased their serving ability, ending the game at 11-15 and the series 2-0.

The game ended as the colonels shook the chiefs' hands and with some colonel's demanding for a human growth hormone test.

Whether this win should have an asterisk next to it or not, a lot is to be learned from the chiefs win: To accomplish goals, use teamwork, work ethic, ability and have tenacity; if that doesn't work call your first sergeant.