Preparations for the 11th annual Lu Allen Memorial volleyball tournament are underway.

Graham Savings, United Supermarket and Walmart have already made donations to help the tournament get ready for the influx of athletes in late August.

However, the tournament will need numerous volunteers to keep score, run concession stands, take tickets and maintain the hospitality area among other things, tournament director Meredith Sanders said.

“It’s all run on volunteers along with the coaches putting in a lot of extra time,” she said.

The tournament started in 2004 as a tribute to volleyball coach Lu Allen, who died a few days after a car hit her in the high school parking lot.
Graham volleyball will hold the annual Lu Allen volleyball tournament August 22 and 23.
Graham volleyball will hold the annual Lu Allen volleyball tournament August 22 and 23. (David Flynn)


She passed away on August 3, 2003.

Coach Marci Faulk said 30 teams have already confirmed they will attend the tournament on August 22 and 23.

This means the 2014 tournament has the potential to be the largest to date. In 2010, 32 teams attended, and 24 teams have come each of the past two years.

Read the full story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.