More than 70 participate in Surry Volleyball Camp
More than 70 girls from Surry, Stokes, Wilkes and Yadkin counties jumped at the chance to hone their volleyball skills July 22-25 at Surry Community College’s annual summer volleyball camp.
Ranging in ages from 6 to 16, the youth campers were given instruction on the fundamentals of volleyball. Campers were taught proper techniques in the areas of hitting, passing, setting, serving and blocking.
“We had a really good turnout. I was really pleased to see such a good group of girls from all around the area show up,” Surry volleyball coach Jan Marion-Kiser said. “It’s always good to have that good of a turnout, and it’s good for my girls because they are able to put their knowledge of the game to use and pass it on to a younger generation. I tell them it is a really good thing for them because they don’t realize these little girls look up to them. They see them continuing to play ball after high school and to them they are role models.”
During snack breaks and water breaks, Surry’s current volleyball players often take to the court for a few minutes of action. It’s during those quick camp intermissions when the impact the Knights have on campers is most evident.
“I get so tickled when the campers take a break during the session and my girls go out and play for a few minutes. You can see the campers just soaking it in. I tell my girls to be careful what they are doing because these girls are soaking up everything,” Marion-Kiser said. “I think the girls did a great job handling each session and each group. Every age group was well represented.”
Marion-Kiser was voted Region X Coach of the Year in 2018 after leading the Knights to a 20-5 season and a 10-1 mark in Region X play. Marion-Kiser said Surry will be extremely young in 2019, making the time together during the July volleyball camp even more vital.
“That is the first real week they are solidly together for eight hours a day. And then after that they have a two-hour practice, so they really got to know each other this week. It really helps us with team chemistry and bonding, and we are young, all freshmen,” Marion-Kiser said. “I love this camp because it is the opportunity for my girls to give back to the community and for the younger girls to see not everyone goes off to play Division I, Division II or Division III, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with playing junior college. It’s every bit as competitive as a higher level for those girls not ready to go off, that still have that skill set and want to play. These girls are super-smart volleyball-wise, dedicated, committed, have a lot of heart and did a great job with the younger girls. They were just happy to be there and that is nice, to have a group of girls that came in and took it serious and gave back to help these little girls play a game they love to play.”
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