Volleyball tournament continues to honor former player

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For 14 years, Argyle High School has hosted an annual volleyball tournament that draws in sixteen schools from across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area.

It was the sudden loss of a former player in December 2012 that inspired the team to name this tournament, “The Sawyer Camillo Memorial Tournament.”

Sawyer Camillo was a four-year varsity all-star for Argyle High School’s volleyball team. After graduating in 2012, she moved on to play for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Shortly after returning from her first semester of college, Camillo passed away from complications associated with back surgery.

Argyle coach Clark Oberle says although only one of the team’s girls played side by side with her, many of the girls remember watching Camillo in admiration while they were in middle school.

“Sawyer was such a good ambassador for the sport and always had a positive attitude,” Oberle said. “She represented the school really well.”

Camillo’s parents immensely supported the idea of naming the annual tournament after their daughter.

Since the first tournament in 2013, Oberle says the plan has been to use the raised money for good things and to have Camillo’s legacy live on.

“We haven’t decided what we are doing with the money just yet,” Oberle said. “We’ve discussed scholarship opportunities for volleyball players after they graduate and potentially building a sand volleyball court for the community in Argyle.”

The tournament lasted for three days. As it wrapped up last Saturday, Argyle (18-5) defeated Denton Guyer in the finals 3-2.

Katy Keenan was named Tournament MVP and Eighmy Dobbins was named to the All-Tournament Team.

“It was neat having so many people her playing all day long,” Oberle said. “Being able to host all those people coming in is a lot of fun.”

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