LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews women’s volleyball team is coming off a 20-win season and hopes to help the next generation of volleyball hone their skills.
The Lady Knights will be holding a youth camp Jun 18-21, which will be divided into two sessions. The morning session runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for seven to 12-year-old campers and the afternoon session, 1 to 4 p.m., will be for campers age 13 to 18-years-old.
This is the fifth year the team has offered a summer camp to children in the community, according to assistant coach Katie Lovett.
“Every year the camp grows, during each session we have anywhere from 20 to 35 campers,” Lovett said. “During camp we cover all the fundamentals of volleyball — passing, serving, footwork, hitting — and everything in between. Fundamentals are such a big part of the sport that we really try to focus on teaching the right way to do things.”
St. Andrews finished third in the South Division of the AAC with a 13-5 conference record and were 20-10 overall. Head coach Holly Mandeville and Lovett use the youth camp as a way to get their players to refocus, take it back to basics and mature as players and mentors.
“It’s always great for us to see the current players on the team interacting with the newer players at camp,” said Lovett. “(Since the players are) coaching these drills it gives them a different perspective which ends up helping them evolve as athletes.”
In order to keep the campers interested in the every day ins and outs of volleyball, the Lady Knights try to keep things fun with games and awards, which are handed out on the final day of camp.
“We play different warm-up games that are always a lot of fun for the campers and fun for us to watch. We want everyone to learn new things, improve their volleyball skills, but also have a great time while they are there,” Lovett said.
Amber Hatten-Staley can be reached at 910-506-3170 or [email protected]