B1G changes are underway for the Maryland volleyball program. With a new coaching staff and a challenging schedule on the horizon, the Terps are poised to take the program to new heights as it transitions into the Big Ten Conference. Follow along with our weekly installment of the Maryland Volleyball Summer Series as we take an inside look at the program leading up to first serve on August 29 against Elon.
Inside Maryland Volleyball Camp
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The soft rhythm of bouncing volleyballs mixed with laughter and music can be heard emanating from the Comcast Center at all hours of the day this month as the Maryland Volleyball Camp Series hits its stride.
Led by a coaching staff composed of instructors from the University of Maryland and the surrounding area, in addition to current Terrapin volleyball players, campers have been exposed to all aspects of volleyball and the beautiful College Park campus.
“Everyone is so enthusiastic about camp this summer and I think the move to the Big Ten and new energy from our coaching staff is helping that,” said junior Amy Dion, who appeared in 117 of 121 sets last season. “Sometimes camps can be long and boring, but that hasn’t been the case here at Maryland this summer. Our energy from the team has transferred over to the kids.”
Maryland director of volleyball operations and camp director Stephen Yates credits the current Maryland players with the success of the camp so far.
“Our players have been great with the kids,” Yates said. “They do a really nice job coaching, they bring high energy and it’s really cool for young players locally to get a chance to hang out with them and get coached by them for a couple days. It’s a unique opportunity for locals and Maryland fans to come and hang out with the team.”
With the Individual Skills Camp and Youth Day Camp in the rear view mirror, camp staff members have set their sights on the High School Team Camp (July 18-20) and the High School Day Camp (July 21-23). Dion is thrilled to welcome possible future Terps to College Park and give them a taste of Maryland volleyball.
“It’s always fun hanging out with campers because they are athletes that could be your future teammates,” Dion said. “It’s cool to get to know them and see that they have as much passion for the sport as we do at Maryland.”
Dion points out that matches can get pretty competitive, though.
“Some of the girls coming in look at you like you are their idol and some look at you like they can take your position, so yeah, it’s a showdown,” said Dion with a laugh.
For Yates and the rest of the Terrapin coaching staff, the camp provides an opportunity to expose outsiders to everything the University of Maryland has to offer – both on and off the volleyball court.
“The whole goal of our camps is to get a lot of people on campus and see if we can broaden the scope on how many people visit the University of Maryland,” Yates said. “We want to provide a really high-end quality camp where kids are learning all skills and getting a lot of touches over the three or four days that they’re here.”
And with each camp that flies by, the Terps inch closer to beginning their inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference – arguably the toughest volleyball conference in the nation.
“I could not be more excited – I grew up watching Big Ten volleyball and it’s the best conference there is,” Dion said. “You become the best by playing the best, so I’m excited to play at the next level.”
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