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Young athletes learn volleyball basics

WCHS Volleyball Camp was a chance to catch a glimpse of the future.

The three-day camp organized by WCHS volleyball coach Erin Blalock featured 20 campers in grades 1-8. It began Monday and ended Wednesday at Charlie Dalton Gym.

“For some of the younger players, our first- and second- graders, this is their first introduction to volleyball,” said Blalock. “One thing I like is our high school players provide some of the instruction. When you’re coaching it, it helps you learn a little more about it yourself so it gives our girls a way to learn by teaching.”

The basics of volleyball were stressed and several skills were emphasized. Players spent time refining their serve, working on passing, and practicing hitting and setting.

“Even for the high school girls who have been around volleyball awhile, it’s still good to work on the basics,” said Blalock. “We’ve been learning about volleyball, but we’ve had a lot of fun too.”

Players spent time scrimmaging to give them a taste of live action.

In addition to the WCHS Lady Pioneers, WCMS volleyball players were in attendance. Blalock said it’s great to establish continuity between the two programs to help players develop.

The WCHS volleyball team is practicing most weekdays at Charlie Dalton Gym and will continue to do so until the TSSAA dead period.