CHICO, Calif. - The inaugural End of Summer Volleyball Camp at Chico High School is just weeks away.
Two special coaches have arrived in Chico to help the students at their upcoming sports camp. Action News Now sports director Vanessa Romo explained that girls from all over Butte County will have an opportunity to learn more about the game of volleyball while learning from two of the best volleyball players in the state of California.
Actually the camp will be open to both boys and girls. Organizers say the camp provides an opportunity for players to tune up before high school try outs or to get ready for their junior high school season.
The girls will learn bump, set and spike skills at the camp. Chico High frosh volleyball coach Scott Torres explains, "The purpose of this camp is to bring young girls in and to better their skills... inspire them to play volleyball and to get the high school aged girls ready for tryouts because they will be coming shortly after the camp."
Joining Chico freshman coach Torres is head varsity coach Lain Hensley of UC Irvine, their head coach, David Kniffin, as well as U.S.A. National Assistant coach, Nicole Lawlor.
Ellie Sherdan is a senior at Chico High and is an active student athlete. Sherdan shared her thoughts, saying, "Their insight is going to be super important to us to be able to learn more. They've been at the collegiate level, national… and so because we only know high school, middle school… it's going to be cool to just learn some new things, strategies and drills and stuff like that."
Just like Sherdan, Coach Kniffen learned the game in Chico. After that he ended up coaching the 2015 USA World Team in South Korea. Kniffen also coached the UC Irvine Men's team to their NCAA National Championship victory during his first season.
Now Kniffen says he hopes to come back to teach the Chico girls how to play better and to inspire them. "Hopefully,” Kniffen said, “I can impart some volleyball knowledge… but I think really the one thing I always enjoyed about volleyball is the never ending pursuit of getting a little bit better and team-oriented… and so hopefully I can impart a little bit of my passion for the pursuit on them.”
The End of Summer Volleyball Camp will start at the end of July and is open to all local volleyball players from 6th through 12th grade. The organizers of the event say the money from this camp goes back to local volleyball teams.