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.