Lady Indians volleyball holds three-day team camp at PHS –
The fall sports seasons will soon be upon us and one team getting a head start this week was the Peebles Lady Indians volleyball squad as they hosted a three-day team camp for their program, running from June 18-20. Coach Rachel Sims and her Lady Indians are coming off a solid 16-6 campaign in 2017, but one that ended in a disappointing opening round tournament loss to Western Latham.
The three-day camp, which ran from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. each day, focused on techniques in the mornings and in the afternoons, it was team-based live playing for the 16 girls who attended. Running the camp were two representatives from All-American Volleyball, Paige Hill, who played college volleyball at Miami of Ohio, and Ashley Evans, who played collegiately at Purdue University. Both girls will be leaving the United States soon to continue their volleyball careers overseas in Spain (Evans) and Austria (Hill).
“I love giving back at these camps,” Evans told The Defender. “It’s great to get out and see these young women at the junior high and high school level learn to play volleyball, the sport I’ve loved all my life. it’s really fun to see them improve so much over a short period of time.”
The campers for the three days consisted of 12 girls at the high school level and four from junior high and the young athletes worked on every volleyball skill imaginable under the tutelage of Hill and Evans-passing, ball control, hitting, blocking, serving, defensive positioning, and much more. The afternoon sessions ended with competitive, but fun, team competitions that were an accumulation of all of the work of the day.
“It was great to have two professional players here to work with our girls this week,” said Coach Sims on the camp’s final day. “Both of them grew up in Ohio and they have taught us so much in three days. They have really done all the work while we got the chance to just sit back and watch and soak it all in.”
“The camp has been very focused on the fundamental skills of volleyball and I think you can see in our girls that they are playing a lot more fundamentally. Camp was our first summer activity and then we will start with some open gyms next week.”
Official practices for the 2018 volleyball season will begin for all the local teams on Aug. 1.