From Director Gwen Wilcher:
- All of our 12s and 13s girls made their middle school teams this season so hopefully they will be great starlings this upcoming club season.
- We sent our seniors off this year with one attending Claflin University, Orangeburg S.C. and Spartanburg Methodist, Spartanburg S.C. They both received volleyball scholarships.
Conan Brooks, the new head volleyball coach for Berea College in Berea, KY, is recruiting. “Berea is a wonderful and diverse school on the foothills of Appalachia. We are very well known for our history and our academics,” Brooks said in an email.
Once accepted, all Berea students are given a full scholarship, which also includes a laptop. In order to qualify, students must earn above a 20 on their ACT test, but they also need to earn about $48,000 or less for a family of four. “This could be a wonderul opportunity for students looking to go to college without the worry of tuition or student debt,” Brooks added.
From Director David Cordes:
I am hip deep in the Middle School Season and having fun. I have a really young (4 – 8th grade, 4 – 7th grade and 2- 6th grade players) 8th grade team, very inexperienced (no club players), very short team (tallest girl is 5’3″, half of them are under 5′ tall and 7 of the girls weigh less than 100 lbs). We are going to get killed in some of our matches, but we are having a blast. I am trying to turn them into a copy of some of the Tuba City teams I have seen at Nationals – not much offense but absolute monsters on defense.
But I am also ready for the club season to start. I love these young beginners, but I really miss being able to talk, teach, practice and play volleyball offense, defense, strategy and more advanced skills with the older girls. I have also been helping out part time with a small parochial high school team and every hour I spend on the court with those girls just makes me want the club season to start even earlier.