Lady Tigers volleyball camp well attended
Sunday, 08 July 2012 by Chuck Kelly
Veteran volleyball coach Stacey Meyers held her first volleyball camp as the Lady Tigers' head coach and declared it a big success.
123 girls turned out for the camp --- that's a lot, as she put it ---and everything went well.
"We had incoming 4th thru 9th graders and we were really excited about our middle school kids and incoming freshmen," Meyers stated. "I was excited about what we saw in them and the potential that they have. I'm definitely more encouraged than ever....very positive. I got a chance to see my coaches at work....actually coaching....and it was a really good week for me."
The first-year coach of the Lady Tigers spent three winning years with district championships and playoff runs at Reicher High and four successful years at China Spring, where she went to the playoffs every year, regionals three times and state once. She has high expectations of doing the same here in Belton.
"We have three girls coming in who are about 5'11" so we have height. All three have potential but one hurt her knee in basketball and we probably won't get to see her. We have a lot of others that aren't super-tall but are learning a lot, picking up some stuff and are really good players that I think we will be able to develop.
"They're pretty solid on fundamentals. Our incoming freshmen group overall has a lot of the basic skills down. Coming into ninth grade, they are a little ahead of where we thought they would be, so we're excited about that."
Meyers wants the girls to be focused and disciplined and said there's lots of potential for a good team.
"I like to win and we have talent so we just need to put it all together," she observed. "We have some good hitters....good defensive players....setters....we're pretty well-rounded. We don't have any, what I call 'super-stars', which sometimes is a good thing because no one thinks they have to be 'super'. We have a bunch of kids that are really good players and they're learning to work for each other instead of just for themselves. We have a lot of promise in the group we have this year."
Meyers said that many of the girls are attending summer workouts and are getting stronger and surer. The gym will be opening for the varsity after July Fourth and the girls will be playing in a summer league in July.
"We start August 6th and begin our games the next week," said coach Meyers. "We'll be blowing and going in August, We're ready and they are going to do really well. I believe that we are going to surprise a lot of people this year!"