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Volleyball players get tips on game

About 160 students from around the region took in a volleyball camp on Wednesday put on by the Olds College players and coaches.
Olds College volleyball players Lance Davidson, middle left, and Kennan Hedley show a diving technique to a group of grade 7 and 8 students from around the county at the
Olds College volleyball players Lance Davidson, middle left, and Kennan Hedley show a diving technique to a group of grade 7 and 8 students from around the county at the Ralph Klein Centre last Wednesday.

About 160 students from around the region took in a volleyball camp on Wednesday put on by the Olds College players and coaches. The clinic took place just prior to an exhibition match between the University of Alberta Golden Bears men's volleyball team and the University of Calgary Dinos at the Ralph Klein Centre.

Becky Statchuk, a member of the Olds High School Spartans senior girls volleyball team, said the camp focused a lot on passing as a key part of the game.

“The coach really emphasized that passing is one of the most important parts of volleyball and without a good pass, you can't have a good set and you can't get a good hit so we worked a lot on passing and defence,” she said.

Statchuk said she learned a lot from the camp.

“The coach was really knowledgeable and he really gave you pointers and tips on how to improve your passing,” she said.

Cassandra Rasmussen, a member of the Didsbury Dragons junior varsity team, thought it was an excellent camp.

“I thought it was a really good camp. We just learned more about our basic skills and what we need to do to win,” she said.

Nichole Schneidmiller, also a member of the Dragons junior varsity team, said setting and communication were the keys for her that she got out of the camp.

“We know how to yell now,” she said.

Schneidmiller said if everyone on the team uses the skills they learned at the camp, it should help their success.

“If we use what we learned today, we're definitely going to get farther because you need a lot of communication (on the court). It was definitely worth it,” she said.