Volleyball team courts new players at camp

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Olivia Keegan and Madison Gasque share a laugh during practice. Photo by Jesse Walker

Olivia Keegan and Madison Gasque share a laugh during practice. Photo by Jesse Walker

By Nick Nunn

Staff Writer

This year the Morgan County High School (MCHS) volleyball team included a new addition to their preseason schedule: a three-day camp at MCHS on July 29-31, just before team tryouts took place on Aug. 1.

Twenty-two potential candidates for the volleyball team participated in the three days of the camp, which began at 8:30 a.m. and stretched to 2 p.m.

For the athletes, the camp was primarily centered on practicing the fundamentals of offensive and defensive techniques, said MCHS Volleyball Coach Pam Hooten.

Both new and returning prospects for the team drilled the same primary offensive and defensive techniques during the tree day camp in preparation for the coming tryouts.

“The girls were introduced to skills that were new to some of them,” stated Coach Hooten “For those returning, they were pushed further.”

Before the volleyball tryouts, which took place on Thursday of last week, Coach Hooten speculated that as many as 30 girls would try out for the team, but Hooten said that she does not know how many athletes will eventually make it onto the team.

“I do not have a limit as to how many I can keep,” said Coach Hooten. “It is not practical to keep too many, though.”

According to ga.prepcountry.com, MCHS volleyball finished off their 2012 season with a 29-14 record overall but a 5-7 region record.

As of last week, Coach Hooten did not yet have a finalized copy of the volleyball team’s schedule.

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