Students take to the court at the Lamar University volleyball camp held July 17, 2017 at the McDonald Gym.

Students take to the court at the Lamar University volleyball camp held July 17, 2017 at the McDonald Gym.

The Lamar University volleyball team hosted an elite-level camp at the McDonald Gym July 17-19 for grades 9-12 under the direction of the LU volleyball staff.

“We’ve had about 45 students sign up for the elite camp, not to mention walk-ups,” Lamar assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Michelle Kuester said. “I’ve noticed a definite increase, and I’ve had to actually increase our limit for this year, which is a good thing.”

The elite-level camp focuses on high school playing systems and individual skills, such as serving, setting and defense, taught by LU coaches and current players.

“Our players on campus have been awesome in helping with all of our camps,” Kuester said. “I’ve got a really good base of nine returning student-athletes that are working our camps.”

Cardinal players understand the importance of passing on knowledge and experience to younger players.

“I love working the camps,” Reno, Nev. junior Monica Strohschein said. “It’s important to pass on the knowledge, and it’s a lot of fun.”

In addition to passing on expertise and instruction, camps are a way for the coaches and players to build a rapport with the community.

“It’s nice that we’re building a relationship between our program and the community,” Kuester said. “That’s been a big piece for me, to build those relationships with the area.”

Hosting camps brings added exposure to the Lamar program.

“I think volleyball is starting to catch on in a big way now,” Kuester said. “We’re starting to see that reflect in our camp numbers. It’s been really nice.”

Kuester went on to say that camps are a great way to develop a fan base and she said the camps are also an essential part of LU’s recruiting effort. She added that she’d “rather take a player out of her own backyard,” and camp makes that possible.

“Camps make my life as a recruiter a lot easier,” Kuester said. “I know that this area has several good players. Having conversations with area coaches about a particular player is much easier when we have an established relationship with them, as well as the student. This all happens through camps.”

For more information, contact assistant coach Michelle Kuester at 409-880-7717 or michelle.kuester@lamar.edu, or visit lamarvbcamps.com

 

Story package by UP staffer Bill Warrington

 

  • Cardinals assistant coach Michelle Kuester displays proper serving technique at the Lamar University volleyball camp held July 17, 2017 at the McDonald Gym.
  • A player prepares to serve at the Lamar University volleyball camp held July 17, 2017 at the McDonald Gym.
  • Students take to the court at the Lamar University volleyball camp held July 17, 2017 at the McDonald Gym.
  • Phoenix, Ariz. senior Amy Hollowell explains proper footwork at the Lamar University volleyball camp held July 17, 2017 at the McDonald Gym.
  • LU head coach Alan Edwards reinforces fundamentals at the Lamar University volleyball camp held July 17, 2017 at the McDonald Gym.
  • Reno, Nev. junior Monica Strohschein demonsrates proper positioning at the Lamar University volleyball camp held July 17, 2017 at the McDonald Gym.
  • Cardinals head coach Alan Edwards emphasizes the importance of proper technique at the Lamar University volleyball camp held July 17, 2017 at the McDonald Gym.
  • Students warm up before taking the court at the Lamar University volleyball camp held July 17, 2017 at the McDonald Gym.
  • Students take a breather at the Lamar University volleyball camp held July 17, 2017 at the McDonald Gym.

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