Local girls get instruction in volleyball techniques


By D. C. Moody - dmoody@civitasmedia.com



Future stars in grades two through four participated in the most recent sessions of volleyball camps at the Pickens Recreation Center.


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The Pro group of sessions four and five take a break during the Pickens County Recreation Department’s continuing volleyball camps over the summer. The Pro division worked on advanced skills such as jump serving, back row hits, middle up defense and 4-2 international offense incorporating specialized positions.


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The Pickens Recreation Department’s College group takes a break last week.


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PICKENS — Twenty-three girls in grades two through four attended morning sessions and another 55 girls from the fifth grade through eighth grade attended afternoon sessions last week when the Pickens Recreation Center hosted a slate of volleyball camps.

Staff members Erikka Chapman, Nikki Anthony and Lexi Albright assisted Camp Director Peggy Anthony in Session 4, while Katie Gowan, Annika Jones, Karlee Underhill, Davis Hendricks and Cassie Gravely joined the staff for Session 5.

As instruction was given in fundamentals and team play, the staff emphasized respect for all, effort on every ball, team spirit and communication. The “Pro” division worked on advanced skills such as jump serving, back row hits, middle up defense and 4-2 international offense incorporating specialized positions.

The camps, a continuing program throughout the summer and organized by Peggy Anthony, has stressed fundamentals and tactics to all age groups over the five sessions held thus far, with players of all ages learning the basics and expanding on that knowledge.

“As instruction was given in fundamentals and team play, the staff emphasized respect for all, effort on every ball, team spirit and communication,” Anthony stated. “The ‘Pro’ division worked on advanced skills such as jump serving, back row hits, middle up defense and 4-2 international offense incorporating specialized positions.”

With the success of high school volleyball in the area over the last several years, especially with the Lady Blue Flame of Pickens High School, interest in the sport is blooming and summer camps are credited with much of that success.

Award winners for the sessions were:

4 on 4 Champions

Second to fourth: “All-Stars” — Amber Chapman, Kaylyn Watson, Britain Dunn, Natalie Miller

College: “Southern Servers” — Nevaeh Harden, Destanie Abney , Lydia Jones, Ansley Reid and Hannah Campbell

Pro: “Mockingbirds” — Savannah McCollum, Kathryn Ross, Kayla Oberstar, Maggie Sizemore and Hannah Jordan

6 on 6 Champions

Second to fourth: “Bombers” — Amber Chapman, Chloe Gilstrap, Lauren Reece, Kaylyn Watson, Tayla Church, Cheyenne Newton and Anna Claire Durham

College: “Super Seven” — Maeve Jones, Lydia Jones, Caroline Robinson, Calie Covey Kenzie Holcombe, Tristen Harris and Anna Beth Duncan

Pro: “Carolina Fury” — Bailey Earnhardt, Hannah Jordan, Kelsey LeCroy, Savannah McCollum, Maggie Sizemore, Ellison Batson and Asia-li Aartun

All-Stars

Second to fourth: Amber Chapman, Ivy Freeman, Karlyn kHolcombe, Lauren Reece, Emily Belcher, Chloe Gilstrap and Daileigh Pilgrim

College: Amber Chapman, Lauren Dow, Regan Powell, Tensley Gowens, Alaino Craigo, Hannah Campbell, Destanie Abney and Calie Covey

Pro: Ali Pace, Asia-li Aartun, Brandi Wilson, Kelsey LeCroy, Lexi Albright and Olivia Dow

Bumping Champion

Second to fourth: Amber Chapman

College: Alaino Craigo

Pro: Maggie Sizemore

Setting Champion

Second to fourth: Amber Chapman

College: Alaina Craigo

Pro: Bailee Earnhardt

Serving Champion

Second to fourth: Ivy Freeman

College: Lauren Dow

Pro: Lexi Albright

Coaches Award

Second to fourth: Maci Clare Sickels

College: Gracie Alexander

Pro: Savannah McCollum

Leadership Award

Second to fourth: Ivy Freeman

Pro: Kelsey LeCroy

Most Improved

Second to fourth: Alyssa Whiteside

College: Ansley Reid

Pro: Kathryn Ross

Hardest Worker

Second to fourth: Karlyn Holcombe

College: Shelby Parvis

Pro: Ali Pace

Most Outstanding

Second to fourth: Amber Chapman, Tensley Gowens

Pro: Lexi Albright

Future stars in grades two through four participated in the most recent sessions of volleyball camps at the Pickens Recreation Center.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_DSC_0214-Pickens-2-4-Group.jpgFuture stars in grades two through four participated in the most recent sessions of volleyball camps at the Pickens Recreation Center. Courtesy photos

The Pro group of sessions four and five take a break during the Pickens County Recreation Department’s continuing volleyball camps over the summer. The Pro division worked on advanced skills such as jump serving, back row hits, middle up defense and 4-2 international offense incorporating specialized positions.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_DSC_0223-Pickens-Pro-Group.jpgThe Pro group of sessions four and five take a break during the Pickens County Recreation Department’s continuing volleyball camps over the summer. The Pro division worked on advanced skills such as jump serving, back row hits, middle up defense and 4-2 international offense incorporating specialized positions. Courtesy photos

The Pickens Recreation Department’s College group takes a break last week.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_DSC_0225-Pickens-College-Group.jpgThe Pickens Recreation Department’s College group takes a break last week. Courtesy photos

By D. C. Moody

dmoody@civitasmedia.com

Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.

Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.

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