The JCHS volleyball team has been through some changes since last season but that hasnt diminished the girls enthusiasm for the sport. Most recently the Lady Longhorns took part in a very special home camp with help from Appalachian State Universitys head coach, Matt Ginipro. New JCHS coach Donna Poteet was there through both days of the camp and was very pleased with the results.
We had two sessions, Poteet said. We went from 8:30 until 11:30 in the morning and then went from 1 to 4 in the afternoon. The younger players went over to the middle school. We had group instruction first; then broke up into smaller groups. Coach Ginipro set it up in timed segments. He spoke with me about some things we wanted to work on with the team and then he had everything planned out with a lot of drills and individual instruction.
Ginipro also brought one of the girls from his upcoming roster at ASU to help out. At 6 3 Brooke Lyons will certainly continue to play a major role as a middle hitter for the Mountaineers, and her experience made her a very welcome presence at Johnson Countys camp. To get as much advantage as possible out of the two-day event, Poteet not only pulled in players from the high school team but a few rising seventh and eighth graders as well.
We worked on individual one day and the second day we worked on team stuff, Poteet explained. We had a few girls from the middle school team and we had almost all of the ninth through twelfth graders current volleyball players. Then we had four upcoming seventh graders who havent played before. We worked on basic fundamentals, correcting some errors with our passing, making sure to learn correct technique, working on approach for hitting. With team aspects we looked at different serve receives and defensive coverages.
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