2018-07-11 / Sports

Broncos volleyball preps for upcoming season

BY KYLEE RICHARDSON
810-452-2632 • krichardson@mihomepaper.com


North Branch’s Reese Ruhlman goes for a kill during hitting drills during Monday’s session of camp. 
Photos by Kylee Richardson North Branch’s Reese Ruhlman goes for a kill during hitting drills during Monday’s session of camp. Photos by Kylee Richardson NORTH BRANCH — The North Branch volleyball program is getting ready for the Fall 2018 season this week as it hosts a volleyball camp for both high school and middle school volleyball players Monday through Thursday. Grades 9-12 were in session in the morning, while grades 6-8 started in the afternoon.

“North Branch will once again have a very strong volleyball team,” said North Branch coach Jim Fish. “We should be ranked in the top 3-4 in the state in Class B.”

For the high school students, each day at camp is split into two different sessions. The first two hours are spent working on individual skills, while the last two hours are spent working on team offense and defense.

“We are implementing an extremely fast tempo offense this year, so we are spending a great deal of team working on timing issues with our setters and hitters,” Fish added. “We like to run drills that are gamelike and reinforce the skills needed to play at a high level. Today, we were able to run some of the same drills for our six to eighth grade kids that we run for our varsity players. They may not have the same success rate, but they are challenged to play at a very high level.”


North Branch coach Jim Fish meets with the varsity volleyball players as he explains drills and techniques. North Branch coach Jim Fish meets with the varsity volleyball players as he explains drills and techniques. The North Branch coaching staff was also in full force at camp with both coaches and former players lending a hand. Curt June and Lauren Brusie spent time working on teaching the fundamentals. Recent grads Janel Ruhlman and Olivia Sweeney were also in attendance, as well as former Michigan State University setter Rachel Van Dyke. Van Dyke will be taking over the varsity offense this year and is also in charge of working with setters in grades 7-12.

“We are fortunate to have a great coaching staff for the camp,” said Fish. “Rachel will be a great role model for our student-athletes and will help our program remain strong.”

“We want every player to have fun and, at the conclusion of camp on Thursday, leave with an improved skill level,” Fish concluded.

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