Tuesday, Jul 23 2013 12:00 AM

Mountain Volleyball goes camping Lady Warriors learn new skills heading into season

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Brooklyn Cheney, a freshman, joined the varsity team practice. Assisting in coaching at the camp was Olivia Simko and Megan Dees. Coaches running the JV Court were Chloe Podratz and Sarah Horcher while Maura Smith and Shelby Flick ran the freshman camp. Photo by Michael Duffy.

A large turn out of hopeful Lady Warriors attended the THS Volleyball camp last week. Above, Brooke Boyd takes a swing under the direction of assistant coach Olivia Simko. Brooke was a Lady Brave last year and played freshman ball her first year at THS. Photo by Michael Duffy.

Tehachapi volleyball had a week-long camp this past week at the Tehachapi High School gym, with many returning varsity players joining with underclassmen to start their journey leading up to the upcoming 2013 season.

"I want the girls to improve their skills and fundamentals heading into the season," said head coach Sheri Dees. "What's impressed me during this camp is we have a group of girls that love the sport. A lot of these girls have played year-round already and they all have really hustled."

Athletes that participated in the camp included returning varsity players Kelsey Schoenberg, Kim Smith, Miranda Wert, Sam Wallace, Elayna Cramer, Destiny Julye, Kendall Kapitzke and Katie Neufeld.

Additional camp participants included Maddie Orellana, Brooke Boyd, Taylor Fritz, Presslee Gallegos, Brooklyn Cheney, Madison Stone, Cassidy Lambeth, Alex Caballero, Kirsten Medovich, Kaeleigh Aitchison, Kirstin Kabonic, Jasmine Delgadillo, Amanda Lara, Bri Mendez, Alex Peacon, Tessa Watts, Emerson Fisher, Breelyn Health, Emily Soto, Lindsay Nava, Makenna Panek, Nariel Hernandez, Stevie Smith, Nicole Minton, Taylor Williams, Brianna Revelle, Danielle Smith, Taylor Shumway, Sally Hewett, Paige Parker, Aly Dees, Jenna Cramer, Bridget Hall, Rylee Kingsbury, Katelyn West, Megan Escobi and Cori Terrazas.

Along with strong numbers, also encouraging was a collection of athletes that seemed enthusiastic about learning and improving.

"You can hear the girls screaming between the (gym partition) curtains on each court.," Dees said. "We have a group that is already motivated. That is impressive to me, especially starting as a new coach"

Upcoming events for Mountain Volleyball

Open gym will be this Tuesday (July 23) and Thursday (July 25) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Open gym will also be next week on Tuesday (July 30) and Thursday (Aug 1) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. both days.

Varsity and Jayvee team tryouts will be Monday through Thursday (Aug 5-8) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day, while frosh/soph tryouts will be the following week, Wednesday through Friday (Aug 14-16) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The first game for Mountain Volleyball will be a scrimmage against Mira Monte in Bakersfield on Wednesday, Aug 21, and the first game will be against Bakersfield Christian at home on Thursday, Aug 22.

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