July 19, 2013

Volleyball Hosts Successful Two Weeks of Summer Camps

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball program wrapped up a successful two weeks of volleyball camps today at the Island University. The team hosted six camps that ranged from middle school to high school to skills specific.

"I'm really happy with the success of our camps this summer," Head Coach Tony Graystone said. "It's exciting to see so many young volleyball players visit our campus and spend a few days in the gym with us.

"As our program has grown over these past four seasons, our camps have really taken off as well. We had over 480 registrations in our six camps, which is a tremendous turnout. I'm also really pleased with the number of out-of-town players who attended this year." 

The Islanders hosted a middle school skills camp and a middle school competition camp on July 8-10 and had their biggest turnout in Islanders history. The two-day camp covered skills, fundamental drills and an opportunity to play in six-on-six games in a team environment.

The Islanders capped the first week with a setter and libero camp for high school and middle school players on July 11-12. The camp allowed players to train specifically at their setter or libero position as well as together to reinforce team concepts.  

The following two camps were aimed at high school players. The skills camp gave players the opportunity to experience a collegiate environment. Campers also received individual and transition skill training along with the chance to interact with current Islanders. The competition camp focused on six-on-six games in a team environment.

The final camp of the summer was for hitter and blockers in middle and high school. The camp emphasized both the technique of the approach and arm swing, along with the execution of play sets. The players had the opportunity to improve their arm swing, timing and approach mechanics while working with a setter. For blockers, the camp provided instruction on how to improve blocking technique along with how to read hitters and setters to become better defensively along the net.

"Islanders volleyball is gaining a lot of attention throughout Texas and we're seeing that by the number of players taking trips to Corpus Christi to attend camp and check out the university," Graystone added. "I really appreciate all the players who attended this year and hope to see everyone again at our home matches this fall." 

The Islanders will open the season on Aug. 30 against UC Irvine at the two-day Pioneer Classic in Denver, Colo.

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