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‘Cats strong at UAB camp

Published 9:43am Friday, August 2, 2013

When the Benjamin Russell Wildcats volleyball team went to Birmingham for a summer volleyball camp at UAB, they had a few things it wanted to accomplish.
According to head coach Pam Robinson, they checked off those objectives and then some.
“We improved tremedously,” Robinson said.
One area where the younger Lady ‘Cats impressed was adapting to the pace of the varsity game.
“I said earlier that the biggest thing we needed to do at this camp was getting the junior varsity players the opportunity to see the speed of the game at the varsity level,” Robinson said. “We were able to do that, and they played well. The junior varsity girls and the players who didn’t play last year  really showed some improvement. The entire team was tremendous through the four days that we were there.”
In addition to sharpening their skills, the Wildcats had a chance to test themselves against unfamiliar competition.
“We were able to play some teams that we usually don’t see over the course of the season, so that was a good experience as well,” Robinson said.
While BRHS was even with the other teams in attendance after day one, on the second day the Wildcats separated themselves from the pack.
“In our pool play, we split with our five opponents, but during the tournament the next day we beat everybody we faced,” Robinson said.
The Wildcats also seemed to gain some chemistry during the camp, and the senior players were able to assert themselves as team leaders.
“I thought the team did a great job of just playing together,” Robinson said. “We were able to pick up a lot of tips. We hit the ball well and our serving improved. I was also impressed with the leadership that the seniors showed throughout the camp.”
With the camp behind them, the team now looks toward the start of the season.
Robinson said the team’s performance at camp has given her, as well as the players, increased confidence.
She added that depth will be key as she continues to tinker with the lineups.
“I have a much better idea of how well the JV players are adjusting to the varsity level,” Robinson said. “I was also able to see players at different positions. We weren’t just looking at the starters but also the backups. We’re going to need players to play more than one position during the season. Overall, it was a good opportunity for us.”