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Volleyball fever

Camp features 90 players
By: Matt Long
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Successful high school volleyball programs feature opportunities for younger players to be apart of things before reaching high school. Oak Ridge varsity girls’ volleyball coach Becky Potter held her annual volleyball camp last week for kids entering third through ninth grade and had the biggest turnout since she’s held the camp as about 90 kids participated. Potter was thrilled with the number. “I think our previous best is 70 or so, so it’s been a great camp,” Potter said. “We had 45 kids in the third-through-sixth grade session and another 45 in the seventh-through-ninth grade session.” The camp ran from July 11-14 at Oak Ridge High, the younger girls playing for two hours and the older group for 2 ½ hours. Potter’s varsity team served as the camp staff, doing much of the instruction along with Potter and members of her high school coaching staff. “The purpose or goal of the camp is to give all the kids a common basic foundation,” Potter said. “We want them to hear the same language and be taught with the same consistency that we teach at the high school. It’s an all-skills camp and the good thing is that all these girls here are from this district and will likely attend Oak Ridge when they get older. We’ve got players with a lot of experience to girls with not as much, so we try to group them accordingly.” On the first day of the camp the players learned proper passing and serving techniques, while hitting and setting on the second day. On Wednesday players learned about blocking and defense, while finishing up the camp with a review of skills and lots of game time on Thursday. Helping Potter run the camp were two new coaches to the program and former Oak Ridge alumni. Christy Stuart, a 2006 graduate, will held up the junior varsity team this season, while Melanie Adams, a 2007 graduate, will assist with the varsity team.