"The high school level though has been very intense and very competitive."
The McPherson College volleyball camp enters its final day Thursday as Mac head volleyball coach Jessica Cleveland hosts nearly 40 players at the Sports Center. This is the second consecutive year Cleveland has held the camp.
The camp, which got underway Monday, is split into two divisions, middle and high school, under the watchful eyes of Cleveland and Bulldogs assistant volleyball coach Maggie Hans. Sixteen girls signed up for the younger division while 23 are registered in the high school camp. Going into her second year as the top dog of the volleyball program at McPherson College, Cleveland said she was very pleased with the turnout this year.
"I am very happy with the turnout, especially on the high school level," said Cleveland. "Our goal is to help these young ladies develop skills that they can take back to their middle school or high school and actually use and of course create a higher level of skill and play for central Kansas volleyball."
Cleveland is very familiar with central Kansas volleyball, having spent five seasons as the head coach at Hesston College before joining the McPherson College coaching staff in the winter of 2015. In her first season at the helm of the Bulldogs she led her team to a school-record 21 wins and a berth in the semifinals of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament.
Seventeen of the registered participants are home-town products from McPherson, while the remainder come from 10 other areas school as far away as Burrton, Junction City, Wichita, Abilene, Goessel, Solomon and Lindsborg. Watching these girls go through the rigors of camp together you wouldn't know they came from such a diverse array of programs.
"Everybody has been very accepting of one another, especially at the middle school level," noted Cleveland. "The high school level though has been very intense and very competitive."
Next week's action moves from individual camp to summer league play, with four teams competing over a three nights. Each team will play two games on Monday and two games on Tuesday before a single-elimination tournament on Wednesday to determine the summer league team champion.
August 7 -10 will be Fast Fours nights, with players being paired together for 8 minute games and rotating after each match. The two players with the best overall records upon complete of the Fast Fours will be crowned champions.
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