Volleyball team practices for international championships

Medical tape is set out as U.S. Air Force Maj. Jeffrey Sabido, a 52nd Medical Group physician’s assistant from Guam, tapes up a player from the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa men's volleyball team March 22, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The men's team won the bronze medal twice during previous years’ Headquarters Allied Air Command Inter-Nation Sports Programme Volleyball Championships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Medical tape is set out as U.S. Air Force Maj. Jeffrey Sabido, a 52nd Medical Group physician’s assistant from Guam, tapes up a player from the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa men's volleyball team March 22, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The men's team won the bronze medal twice during previous years’ Headquarters Allied Air Command Inter-Nation Sports Programme Volleyball Championships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Brian Redenbaugh, a U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa men's volleyball team player, prepares to hit a volleyball during day two of their training camp March 22, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air base, Germany. The team’s training camp lasted four days with two practice sessions a day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Brian Redenbaugh, a U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa men's volleyball team player, prepares to hit a volleyball during day two of their training camp March 22, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air base, Germany. The team’s training camp lasted four days with two practice sessions a day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Members of the  U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa men's volleyball team huddle up during the second day of their training camp March 22, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The training camp provided a backdrop for the Airmen to come together and play as a team for the first time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Members of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa men's volleyball team huddle up during the second day of their training camp March 22, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The training camp provided a backdrop for the Airmen to come together and play as a team for the first time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Members from the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa men's volleyball team, warm up during day three of their training camp March 23, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The men's team consists of 12 all active-duty Air Force members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Members from the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa men's volleyball team, warm up during day three of their training camp March 23, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The men's team consists of 12 all active-duty Air Force members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa women's volleyball team warm-up as the men's team stretches during the final day of their training camp March 24, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The women’s team is currently undefeated in the Headquarters Allied Air Command Inter-Nation Sports Programme Volleyball Championships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa women's volleyball team warm-up as the men's team stretches during the final day of their training camp March 24, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The women’s team is currently undefeated in the Headquarters Allied Air Command Inter-Nation Sports Programme Volleyball Championships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa men's and women's volleyball teams walk through the doors of the Eifel Powerhaus during the last day of their training camp March 24, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The camp served as the primary platform for the teams to prepare for the Headquarters Allied Air Command Inter-Nations Sports Program Volleyball Championships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa men's and women's volleyball teams walk through the doors of the Eifel Powerhaus during the last day of their training camp March 24, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The camp served as the primary platform for the teams to prepare for the Headquarters Allied Air Command Inter-Nations Sports Program Volleyball Championships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

U.S. Air Force in Europe and Air Forces Africa men's and women's volleyball team pose for a team photo March 24, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The team concluded a four-day training camp before moving on to compete at the Headquarters Allied Air Command Inter-Nation Sports Programme Volleyball Championships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

U.S. Air Force in Europe and Air Forces Africa men's and women's volleyball team pose for a team photo March 24, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The team concluded a four-day training camp before moving on to compete at the Headquarters Allied Air Command Inter-Nation Sports Programme Volleyball Championships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Stuart Sherman, a U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa men's volleyball team player, grins prior to beginning a drill during the final day of their training camp March 24, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Both the men's and women's teams are made of Airmen from U.S. and USAFE bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Stuart Sherman, a U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa men's volleyball team player, grins prior to beginning a drill during the final day of their training camp March 24, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Both the men's and women's teams are made of Airmen from U.S. and USAFE bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany - -- With bright white lights overhead, the squeak of sneakers, chants, cheers and claps make up the sound of the 2014 U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa men's and women's volleyball team training camp.

The training camp was held in the Eifel Powerhaus March 21-24 and served as the primary platform for the players of the team to come together.

"We are here for a four-day training camp," said Dawn Pierce, Headquarters USAFE fitness and sports coordinator. "Our men and women come from both U.S. and USAFE bases, and this is their first opportunity to play together as a team."

The team comprises both men and women from the U.S. Air Force active-duty pool. On the men's team, there are 12 members, and on the women's side, there are 11.

The camp included two practice sessions a day, each lasting at least four hours of muscle-breaking conditioning. But every day served its own purpose.

"Day one was about assessing the players and trying to figure out who can play where and with who, and getting everybody up to the same expectations that I have as a coach," said Lani Kekahuna, USAFE men's and women's volleyball team head coach. "Days two and three are about the same thing, but with more emphasis on solidifying the six players and substitutes. Day four is just confirming what we have been practicing."

The camp provided players a way to show Airmanship by demonstrating Air Force Core Values.

"Service before self," said Staff Sgt. Miguel Figueroa, a player from Spangdahlem Air Base. "It's not about you, it's about your teammates. When they need help, you push them to make sure they get through it, and we put in our best to make the team happen."

Their best includes hard work, meticulous detail and dedication at the conclusion of camp, they just want to represent themselves, their unit, and their base properly when they go and compete.

"I'm just really thankful for this opportunity," said 2nd Lt. Maria Ralston, another player from Spangdahlem Air Base. "I'm really thankful for coach Lani letting me come out and try out, and I hope I represent Spangdahlem and my unit well."

When most teams conclude their training camp, they have many chances to become champions. For this team, they only have one shot at being called champs. Pierce said that the Inter-Nation Sports Programme Volleyball Championships Headquarters Allied Air Command, Ramstein serves as the team's only game.

The championship tournament provides a way for NATO and allied partners to come together and compete.

"That's what the whole goal of it is, because these are all Air Force members from six other nations coming together and competing," said Pierce. "There is a lot of friendship in sports and this culminates one of the greatest opportunities we have to be with our NATO partners and just enjoy each other."

The Inter-Nation Sports Programme Allied Air Command, Ramstein will be hosted by Royal Netherlands Air Force at Amsterdam March 25-28.