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Tyler Consolidated Volleyball Camp a Success

By Staff | Aug 5, 2020

Twenty-seven young ladies in grades 4-8 attended the afternoon session of camp. Front row: (L-R)- Lindy Landis, Bella Garrucio, Jaedyn Gump, Sienna McKeever, Hailee Johnson, Julianna Lattea, Mya Fetty, Macie Highley, Addison Reed, RayLynn Heintzman, and Jillian Farley. Middle row: Nadia Turner, Jessa Anderson, Jaedyn Anderson, Addison Blosser, Sloane Wall, Madi Stollings, and Jayden Ferrell. Back row: Kyra Nolan, Gracelynn Smith, Faith Lemasters, Kayli West, Camryn Westbrook, Toni Thomas, Harper Rhode, Katie Grimm, and Gabi Dill.

If you walked into the gym at Tyler Consolidated this past week your eyes would have been filled with girls in knee pads and volleyballs flying all over as nearly fifty area youth arrived to participate in the annual Tusculum University Volleyball Camp. The camp has been a summer tradition for the past sixteen years. The coaches for the camp were Tusculum University Head Coach and four time All-American Danielle Marante. She was assisted by TU Assistant Coach Jason Morris, who, in addition to his current duties, has won a National Championship with Volleyball USA and coached in six state championship games in the state of Florida.

This year’s camp was a bit unique as enrollment was limited and the campers heard terms like “social distancing”, “disinfecting” and “masks” as often as they heard volleyball terms. However, one didn’t have to observe for very long to figure out that behind the masks were girls with smiles, and who were excited to be playing the game of volleyball alongside old and new friends. One parent was heard telling Coach Morris, “My daughter is so excited when she comes home and is loving the camp.”

Camp Director Marante was pleased to once again be able to conduct the camp. “I want to thank Principal Yoho and Superintendent Highley for the continued support of the camp,” Marante said.

“I also want to thank the parents who sent their kids and gave us a chance to work with and get to know them. Tyler County is a wonderful place and conducting this camp is one of the highlights of our summer,” she said. “These kids are just fantastic and love to play volleyball. We already look forward to next year.”

Next years’ camp date has already been set for the last week of July and in the event enrollment has to be limited, early registration will once again be offered.