EASLEY — Easley’s Larry Bagwell Gymnasium was home of the Number One Volleyball Camp session three for high school players as the ins and outs of digs, sets and spikes were the focus for campers who were awarded for their hard work.
Peggy Anthony, Erikka Chapman and Chelsea Anthony provided the hands-on instruction for the three day camp, held June 22 through June 24, bringing experience and coaching expertise to the court to share with the future of the area’s volleyball programs.
Fundamentals and advanced skills were the focus of the camp with the group of players receiving instruction in techniques such as floater serves, jump serves, short and long serves, and offensive shoots and quick sets. Offensive and defensive strategies were also part of the curriculum with an emphasis placed on cushioning hard spikes, floor skills and blocking.
Peggy Anthony said she feels the players who participated took away some knowledge and skills that will lead to success.
“The players were very receptive, fun to work with, respectful and hard-working,” Anthony said. “They all improved a great deal and I hope they will take the skills we’ve introduced, continue to practice, and apply them to their game.”
As a result of all the hard work over the three-day period, awards were presented to several in attendance.
All-Stars from Daniel High School were Emilyann Bates and Desire’ Lawson, rising ninth-graders. All-Stars from Pickens High School were Maggie Jordan, a rising 10th-grader, and Sabrina Stewart and Sarah Stewart, rising ninth-graders. Aspen Ridder, a rising ninth-grader, was the All-Star from Liberty High School.
Sarah Stewart won all of the competitions to become the Bumping, Setting, and Serving Champion. Lawson won the Hardest Worker Award, while Emma Ricks of Savannah, Ga., won the Most Improved Award. Ridder was named Most Outstanding Player.