Volley Team Camp Program finishes busy summer
August 03, 2009

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The Bryan College Volleyball Summer Camp Program impacted over 320 players from 40 teams representing over 25 private, public, Christian, and home school programs.

The largest camp that Coach Sayles and his staff of 18 conducted was a satellite team camp for local teams July 6-9. Coach Sayles was joined by Union College head coach Whitney Elam and Covenant College head coach Heather Taylor, who served as camp clinicians. Bethel College Asst. Coach Leah White (Bryan ’08) and Bryan Asst. Coach Johnny Miller served as assistants, along with 11 current Bryan players, UTC player Jessica Scott, and former UTC player (and current NCAA record-holder for career digs) Lara Newberry.

The staff trained over 120 high school athletes with teams from Soddy Daisy, Bradley Central, Cleveland, Rhea County, McMinn Central, Whitwell, and North Murray County. The final day was packed with scrimmages. “This was our first two-site camp, and I believe it went very well,” commented Coach Sayles. “We used seven courts in two schools. Overall we had 12 teams from 7 schools, making this Bryan’s largest volleyball camp since we started running camps in 2005. I am delighted with the turnout and the results. We received very positive feedback from all involved.”

Residential Team Camp in Summers Gymnasium, June 14-17

The Residential Team Camp, specifically designed for Christian and home school teams, attracted 9 teams with over 80 players in attendance. Practice sessions were intense, and competition was fierce each night and on the final day of play. Worship and Bible-study sessions were enriching. Bryan senior Andrew Slikker led worship, and Coach Sayles gave the message each night. The teams also took part in team-building sessions each day.

Other camp programs that Coach Sayles and a smaller staff ran included the following:
  • Two satellite high school clinics at Southeast Whitfield High School in Dalton, GA, for Dalton-area programs, and at Union Grove High School in Newnan, GA;
  • Two local area middle school clinics; and
  • A high school camp for Hixson High School and Chattanooga Christian School July 13-16.