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USM Youth Volleyball Camp Teaches Kids "Everything"

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Kids continue to learn the fundamentals on day two of the University of Southern Mississippi's youth volleyball camp.

Camp instructors teach the 15 participants everything there is to know about the sport.

"Everything - teaching them everything, so we teach them how to pass, how to set, how to hit and serve," says USM graduate assistant volleyball coach Amanda Robertson. "We go over everything - team dynamics, communication - just everything."

"You can learn how to do this, and like serve it better, and like do everything like about volleyball and stuff," says 7-year-old camper Sophie Lewis.

In addition to everything, camp facilitators also teach a skill that requires some knee pads.

"Yes!," says Robertson. "We teach them how to dig and how to safely dive on the ground, and they love that."

But one camper likes another facet of the game even more.

"I like setting because you have to catch it then throw it, but if you build onto it and practice hard then you can just throw it," says 9-year-old camper Kitty Grace Berry.

Kitty Grace says she did not pick up a volleyball for the first time until yesterday.

"I've always wanted to play volleyball, and so this camp showed up, and I really wanted to go, so my mom let me."

Now, the Petal native already hopes to incorporate volleyball into her future plans.

"I hope I could be, not a professional, but a really good volleyball player," says Kitty Grace.

Kitty Grace is not the only camper with high aspirations.

"I might play here, but I might play somewhere else," says Sophie.

But such passion for the sport starts with the guidance of counselors like Roberston.

"I love it," says Robertson. "I love that the people who invested in me - now I can invest in other people, and I've just been so blessed to have that opportunity.

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