ROCKINGHAM — The largest turnout since coach Ashleigh Larsen started her annual volleyball camp filled the gym at Richmond Senior High School this week.
Sixty campers participated in the Lady Raiders’ camp, the third one since Larsen took over the program.
Larsen said the two age groups — 9-11 and 12-14 — were evenly split, as the next generation of Richmond volleyball worked on its skills while having fun.
Assisting Larsen with running the three-day camp were coaches Melissa Dennis and Madelyn Chappell, along with current players Catherine Dennis, Ava Edmondson, Erin Fields, Kady Harris, Makailah Jackson, Christi Jacobs, Keyoni Nichols, Allie Rodgers and Joy Styles.
“Melissa and I couldn’t stop talking about how great the kids were and how well camp went this summer,” Larsen said. “Everyone was eager to learn and that really made it the best camp we’ve held.
“There was also a lot of talent among the girls, and that added to the success,” she continued. “Our counselors were helpful and I’m really happy with the turnout. That’s a testament to the middle schools and parks and rec getting the kids excited about volleyball.”
Larsen also said she was pleased with the large number of elementary-aged campers, which showed the sport “is growing” in Richmond County.
On Monday, campers worked on basic footwork and passing, with a strong emphasis on using their forearms. Larsen said that “it’s the most important thing” because without successful passing, points can’t be scored.
Tuesday saw campers learn the fundamentals of serving and setting, and later incorporated what they learned through a series of drills. Camp closed on Wednesday with hitting techniques, followed by several small-sided games and a lot of smiles.
“I think a lot of the girls really had fun during the whole camp, but getting to play games and put what they learned this week to work, that was fun to see,” Larsen closed.