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New Zealand Native Attends USM Volleyball Camp First Day in US

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About 35 camp participants rely on repetition to hone their skills on day one of USM's Elite Camp.

"We're just going from one drill to the next, and we want to get them to have as many touches on the volleyball as much as possible so they get better, because that's how you're going to get better is by playing and touching the volleyball," says Southern Miss assistant volleyball coach Amanda Berkley.

But one camper uses the experience to build familiarity with volleyball at Southern Miss, and in the United States.

"Exactly, chemistry - just getting to know them, and just getting used to volleyball in the states," says Southern Miss incoming freshman Makareta Rademakers. "Your balls are different."

The New Zealand native suits up for USM's volleyball team for the first time come August.

She admits not knowing exactly what she was getting into prior to attending the camp.

"Yeah, I mean I didn't really know what this meant - this camp - I didn't know what it was," says Rademakers. "I thought it was just a training camp with the team, but it's with high schoolers and everything."

Rademakers did not even know much about the university, until today.

"Just turned up today - today it was the first time I've seen the campus today and it's beautiful so I'm pretty happy here," says Rademakers.

She committed to Southern Miss without even meeting the coaches.

"Yeah, it's weird seeing them in real life, because I've really only seen them on a laptop screen," says Rademakers.

But getting comfortable with the team is not the only thing she is getting used to.

"All of your accents are really cool," says Rademakers.

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