THATCHER — High school volleyball athletes, including incoming freshmen, attended an intensive camp this week, led by Eastern Arizona College’s head volleyball coach Shari Kay.

“We’re touching a little bit on everything every day,” Kay said. “The first day, we stressed a lot more on the basics and individual stuff. Today, we’re doing a lot more team game. They’re learning game speed and game situations, and just being a bit more (in) control. They’re learning to play with a plan.”

With volleyball not being an easy sport, players must learn to react quickly and as a team. The more familiar players become with the flow of the game, the faster they can react and, ultimately, control the pace.

Camper Olivia Lunt will be a sophomore for Thatcher High School. With a great deal being covered, different lessons stick most with different individuals.

“Touching the ball, just getting better at touches. You have to have control. At night we play six-on-six games. I’m definitely getting stronger,” Lunt said.

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