Right at 60 girls most coming from Jacksonville, but others from Rusk and Whitehouse, participated in this week's Maiden Volleyball Camp at the Jacksonville Gymnasium.
According to JHS head volleyball coach Billie Walley attendance is up about 18-percent this year.
“We have about 60 girls in camp this year,” Walley said. “Each year we have had an increase in those attending and that's always great.
“The girls are not just here, but they are working hard and they are excited about volleyball.”
Assisting Walley were girls's high school coaches Kim Crowley and Whitney Jacobs and middle school coach Abby Martin.
Walley said that she feels that it is important that girls get serious about volleyball at nearly age and that Maiden Volleyball Camp is designed to facilitate the learning process for the younger attendees.
“One of our goals is to help establish a good foundation for the younger girls, so that when they try out for middle school volleyball that they are ready and that they have the key skills down,” Walley said. “So we spend a lot of time on teaching over-head passing and serving, tow of the basics of the game that they will need to be able to do to play middle school volleyball. If they can just learn these two things they will be a step ahead of many of the others.”
Despite the camp being fast paced, Walley said that the campers are really putting forth much effort.
“The girls are really working hard,” she said. “Sometimes we will have to take a little break and get them back on track, but all-in-all they are receptive to what we are doing.”