Volleyball camp at Waterville

Forty-two students participate in Gonzaga University’s volleyball camp July 30-31 in Waterville. (Provided photo/Suzanne Robinson)


By Suzanne Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

A team of Gonzaga University staff, coaches, alumni and current players held a volleyball camp in Waterville July 30-31. Forty-two students in grades 7-12 participated from Brewster, Chelan, Waterville, Okanogan, Mansfield and Ephrata.

Each session was held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Waterville gymnasium. The students were grouped by age and ability, and taught many techniques and skills to help them play better volleyball.

A similar volleyball camp is hosted each year on the Gonzaga campus for four days in July. The team has also traveled to other communities such as Walla Walla, and as far away as Sacramento, Calif., to provide a similar experience for students unable to attend the camp at the university.

Volleyball camp gives each of the students an opportunity to play against other teams and allows them to get to know one another, according to former Waterville volleyball coach Heather Hughes.

“At the beginning of the camp, the students stayed together in their individual groups but by the end of the day they were all working together and having fun together,” Hughes said.

Hughes, who recently moved to Oregon, was instrumental in organizing this camp to benefit the Waterville team and the teams in the other communities.

The 2017-2018 volleyball coach will be Melissa Flaget, a teacher at Waterville. The Shockers are looking forward to a great team of players for this next season.