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Tigers growing through camp

Chilton County volleyball coach Misty Jones said she could tell a difference in her team last season, after a summer camp with a coach from Middle Tennessee State University.

This summer, the camp was stretched from two days to three days, which could mean even more drastic improvement for what should be an experienced team, one that lost no players to graduation.

“Last year, we just did a two-day, and that one extra day helps out a lot,” Jones said. “We’ve worked on basic passing and hitting and setting.”

MTSU assistant coach Amy Hendrichovsky and former player Janay Yancey were on hand Monday through Wednesday at the CCHS gym. The camp ran from 1-7 p.m. Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Nineteen varsity and junior varsity players attended.

Among that number were seniors Jessica Bell, Rachel Johnston and Renee Lewis, who were looking to make the most out of the camp—and translate it into a successful season.

“This year, I want to jump serve all year,” said Johnston, who plays the middle hitter position. “[Hendrichovsky] is teaching me how to jump serve, so I’m excited.”

The Tigers will play their first match on Aug. 23 at Thorsby.