Just like numerous other fall and winter sports squads, the North Callaway high school volleyball program was in the midst of several different events this week.
This included attending day three of a four-day skills camp on Wednesday night for athletes in grades nine through 12.
"Tonight we'll be working on mostly front-row blocking and tipping. (Tuesday) we worked on playing in the back row and on Monday it was serving," said new head coach Kayla Peterson. "We're working our way across the board."
One aspect of the game Peterson preaches is the returning athletes setting the right example for the new players. That means the individuals with knowledge need to share with those who don't so the program can continue to move forward whether or not they're in-season.
"A lot of what we do is predicated on the older girls jumping in and helping the younger girls go at a quicker pace," Peterson said. "I try to keep it all close to the same thing. I'm a big advocate of the entire program all being one team. Whether it's freshmen, JV or varsity we're all one team. We practice together as a team. We're not two different teams. We play together and I expect the girls on the bench to be cheering on the girls on the court, and vice versa."
Last year this team went 5-10 overall under Hager according to www.maxpreps.com. The squad also lost its final regular season matchup at Father Tolton in Columbia 2-0 on Oct. 10 before getting eliminated by Hallsville in the first round of districts 2-1 on Oct. 17.
"It's been absolutely fantastic. The players have been very forthcoming and willing to learn," said Peterson. "These athletes have been very accepting and willing to follow direction."