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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Volleyball clinic starts for junior high, HS girls

Over two dozen incoming sixth through eighth graders participated on Monday morning in the first day of a three-day volleyball clinic at the Pecos High School gym, with high school players scheduled to get in their first of three clinic workouts Monday afternoon.

The clinic comes a week before the start of pre-season practice for the 9th through 12th grade players, and two weeks before the Eagles open their 2008 volleyball season against the Wink Wildcats.

New head volleyball coach for the Eagles, Ruth McWilliams, was supervising the sessions for the morning session and for the freshman clinic early Monday afternoon, while Shelly Evans, head volleyball coach for San Angelo Lake View, will handle the clinic for the incoming 10th through 12th grade girls.

“We’re allowed to work with our own junior high and freshman players during the summer, but we’re not allowed to work with the 10th through 12th graders, according to the UIL,” Evans said.

McWilliams and her high school assistant coaches along with Evans, handled the two-hour morning session with the 6-8 grade girls. McWilliams said the opening session had about 30 girls participate, and that they mainly worked on the basics during the first two hours of the clinic.

“We did passing, serving, hitting and some setting,” said McWilliams, who has served as the head volleyball coach in Marfa for the past several years. She added that she wanted the girls to work on all the techniques, because of changes in the game at the high school level.

“We’re in the position where t he setter is not always going to be the little short girl,”

McWilliams said. “You can’t always have a short girl be the setter, because if they’ve got to play in the front row, they’ve got to have a little height.”

She said the drills for the ninth graders will be a little more advanced than what the junior high players did in the morning session, but added, “I want to get some idea of where they are.

Judging from the 7th grade and 8th graders, there’s some footwork and some arm techniques we need to fix.”

“Every coach has a different methodology that they teach,” she said. “Different people s successful in different ways, and this is just one of them.”

Junior high players won’t begin their preseason workouts until the start of school on Aug. 25. All players at the high school and junior high levels will need to have physical forms completed and signed by their doctor and return to their coaches before being allowed to practice at the high school or junior high level.

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