Lady Gens impressive in stateside volleyball camp

By Joel Charron

Although girls high school volleyball season is still months away, that didn’t stop General Amherst Lady Gens head coach Jeff Miller from getting his squad some early experience.

Over the summer, Miller took 10 players, which included Christine Belcher, Alyssa Garrett, Katie Breault, Rebecca Pillon and Jaylin Vandenbovenkamp to a volleyball camp at Bowling Green State University.

Miller, who has worked at the camp as a coach for the past nine years, said he decided to bring up his team to get an early start on team chemistry, as well as, see some competition and work on some team systems.

“We get such a late start with a lot of girls going to OFSSA basketball I wanted to see what kind of team we would have this year,” said Miller.

And what they have is a team that could possibly play for OFSSA gold.

Miller said the Lady Gens placed first in the camp tournament against teams from Ohio. Out of 12 teams, Amherst was the only Canadian team at the camp.

“To me they were very surprising,” Miller said. “I thought we would be in the middle of the pack.”

The girls were housed in dorms and were around each other everyday, something Miller said is good for team bonding.

With three training sessions each day, Miller added the girls were constantly around volleyball.

“It’s very intense,” he said.

Miller said the teams would work on skills within the team then would compete against other schools.

‘If we are doing offense we would have our offense up against another teams defense,” said Miller. “So we’re not just doing drills against ourselves, so it’s very competitive.”

Miller said the Lady Gens ended up going 9-0 and were placed in the Gold Pool on the last day of competition.

After playing everyone in the Gold Pool twice, the Lady Gens ended up with a record of 4-2 and had to play another team with the same record in a 15-point playoff.

After going down 7-1 early in the match, Miller said the girls battled back and pulled out a 15-13 victory.

“We came back and made a number of smart plays,” he said.

The Lady Gens head coach said the girls who don’t play club volleyball were able to see what playing from the lady Gens will be like this year.

“The whole point was to get the younger kids some experience,” he said.  “I just wanted to show them this is kind of what its like, it’s a little more intense from what they are used to.”

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