Volleyball team helps area players prep for season

A KCC women's volleyball player assists a youth camp participant in the Miller Gym.

More than 40 area volleyball players got a chance to work with college volleyball players during the Kellogg Community College women’s volleyball team’s Summer Volleyball Camp earlier this month.

The Monday through Thursday camp was led by KCC players, who taught beginning, intermediate and advanced volleyball skills – including blocking, hitting, passing, serving and setting skills and more – to players in third through 12th grades.

Amy Julien, head coach of KCC’s women’s volleyball team, called the camp “a wonderful experience for my girls and for the campers.”

Tristen Ehredt, a returning sophomore from Battle Creek and graduate of Pennfield High School, said the KCC players enjoyed spending one-on-one time with all the campers.

“I was impressed how our team encouraged the campers and how the campers encouraged us,” Ehredt said.

Victoria Rybinski, a returning sophomore from Brutus and graduate of Pellston High School, echoed her teammate, saying her favorite part of the camp was seeing each girl improve over the course of their four days with the Bruins.

“I’m proud of how much our team was willing to help the campers get better and help them get prepared for their upcoming season,” Rybinski said.

KCC’s 2014 women’s volleyball season kicks off this month. The team’s first home game starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Miller Gym against conference opponent Lake Michigan College. Admission is free.

For information about the volleyball program at KCC, contact head volleyball coach Amy Julien at 269-965-3931 ext. 2535 or volleyballcoach@kellogg.edu or visit www.kellogg.edu/athletics/volleyball.

*Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Aug. 14, 2014, edition of the Battle Creek Shopper News.