The shine from Xavier Prep’s latest indoor volleyball state championship trophy in the 2018-19 season serves as a beacon of success for young players to possibly become a part of that heritage.
Lamar-Renee Bryant has one of her largest summer camp turnouts at the Activity
Center. Sessions began Monday (June 3) and run through Thursday (June 6).
There are 55
seventh and eighth graders working hard in the earliest daily session, from 11:30-1:30
p.m., and 40 ninth graders on hand later in the day, from 2-4 p.m. And there
will be a camp for the youngest players (fifth and sixth grade) from June 17-30
freshmen are headed to Xavier this fall and most will try out for the freshman
team beginning Aug. 12 (school starts Aug. 7). There could be a few who reach
the junior-varsity level or perhaps even the varsity as some have done in years
many girls to keep track of and Bryant is assisted by Kristen Jones, Jamie Itule
and a half-dozen Xavier players who will be returning this fall – Abby
Converse, Jasmine Knight, Bri McKnight, Kaori Robinson, Quinn Voorhees and Juli
seventh and eighth graders, the emphasis is on the basics.
are the key to success and the young players need that,’’ Bryant said.
One of those
younger players is Lauren Ragan, who will be an eighth grader at St. Thomas the
Apostle School in Phoenix this fall. She said she has been at previous XCP
Ragan said she
knows about a dozen or so other players in this camp and that she and some of
them have played on club teams such as the Storm.
“I learn a
lot of stuff here every year, make some friends and that’s what keeps me coming
back,’’ Ragan said.
that next year at this time, coming to Xavier will be one of her options. She
is aware of the success that Bryant’s program has had.
like to be part of a program like that, be part of a team that works hard and
grows close,’’ Ragan said.
that she has learned is keeping her hands relaxed. That has helped her when
playing most of the positions on the floor, and especially at libero, where she
hopes to place her focus as she reaches the higher levels.
hitting, passing, the hands are a big part of all of it,’’ she said. “I like
the passing the best.’’
of fundamentals are added for the ninth graders, and go at a faster pace.
more game-like scenarios,’’ Bryant said.