Archive for Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Week designtated to volleyball skills

July 16, 2003

Last week was a time for the novice, as well as the more experienced, volleyball players to spend some extra time in the gym working on skills.

Volleyball camps for elementary, junior high and high school students were conducted by coaches Jill Brown, Terri Twombly and Brenda Shawley.

Twenty-five fourth, fifth and sixth graders and 30 seventh and eighth graders spent July 7 through Thursday working with the coaches and several high school volleyball players as they learned the basic skills in volleyball -- passing, setting, spiking, blocking and serving.

As the week progressed, the girls used learned combination drills and advanced to team offense and defense and transition drills.

The final day of camp, the girls put their skills to use during tournament play.

Just as many high school girls turned out for the four-day camp. Twenty-seven volleyball players spent a day reviewing the basic skills before working with outside coaches, Doug and Mary Kay Van Oort. Doug Van Oort, the AVCA National Junior College Coach of the Year, has a collegiate coaching record of 234-74. Mary Kay Van Oort, a three-time most valuable player for Notre Dame University, was a professional volleyball player for the Iowa Blizzard.

BHS volleyball coach Jill Brown said working with other coaches provided the high school girls a good experience.

"Hiring the Van Oorts allows our whole team the opportunity to experience a high-quality camp right here in our gym," Brown said.

The high schools girls finished the camp with tournament play Thursday.

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