“My main goal is to help them be prepared for that first year in middle school,” said West Stokes volleyball coach Jordan Stevens.
The Wildcats kicked off their first three-day volleyball camp for fourth through eighth graders designed to teach the basic skills of passing, hitting, blocking, and defending.
Out of 16 girls in attendance, five were rising eighth graders and the rest had never played.
“Hopefully this will prepare them to play their seventh grade year and they’ll go in knowing the fundamentals,” Stevens said.
The coach recruited former West Stokes standout Cassie Palmer, who went on to play for the Surry Knights and earned Defensive Player of the year her freshman season.
“I talked to her and she was really excited about coming back and she wants to help the West program in the future,” Stevens said.
JV coach Mindy Bullins also worked with the ladies along with recent graduate Leah Smith. As an all-conference athlete in softball and volleyball the teen is relatable to the kids and they look up to her, Stevens said.
“I hope by being here they really start to enjoy the game of volleyball and understand what it takes to play the sport,” the coach said. “Mindy (Bullins) does a good job with the JV team. She’s tough, but they respond to her and she definitely knows how to get them in shape.”
As a first year camp, Stevens hopes to see it grow in years to come. After setting the date the coach realized the week coincided with little league all-star games which may have hurt participation.
“It’s a great sport. I hope our community embraces it this season and in the future.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.