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Lady Devils host volleyball camp

Future netters from the Blue Nation had the opportunity to hone their volleyball skills last week.
The Unicoi County High School volleyball team concluded its youth camp on Friday, July 25, at the school’s gymnasium with high marks according to head coach Frank Forsythe.
“We have had these camps before in Unicoi County,” Forsythe said. “This was something we wanted to put together this year since we didn’t have the time last year. The reason I wanted to bring LeAnn (Lane) in was that she has a real good aptitude for working with younger girls. She’s good at teaching skills to younger players and that’s why I wanted to bring her in. She incorporated a lot of fundamentals and got the high school players involved to teach skills to the campers.”
Lane is the current coach at Church Hill Middle School and has been part of the Kingsport Volleyball Club (KVC) for 10 years. During her playing career, she earned first-team all-state honors in 2000 with Sullivan North High School and played her collegiate career at Montreat College.
“The girls were a little bit more involved this last day by putting the campers through drills,” Lane said. “Coach Frank asked me to come up here and help start getting everyone involved. This has been a good camp … you can see the improvement.
“I think this is a good start by the high school to build this camp to be a good feeder program. The girls took the lead the last day and observed and helped the other days. They planned the whole camp today.”
A handful of campers also earned awards during the five-day event. Kara Bailey, Kaitlin Bailey, Bella Davis, Abigail Grindstaff, Blake Hall, Sydney Compton, Hallee Casey and Hannah Shelton each received accolades following the conclusion of the camp.
Forsythe said the program will look to continue the camp in the coming years.
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The Lady Blue Devils will be competing in scrimmages leading up to the Three Rivers Conference jamboree scheduled for Aug. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Sullivan North High School.
UCHS opens up the jamboree against Johnson County and will face Sullivan South at 6:30 p.m. and end the night at 7:30 p.m. against the Lady Golden Raiders.
The regular season begins for the Lady Blue Devils on Aug. 17 in Erwin against Providence Academy; varsity and junior action is slated to begin at 4 p.m.