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Statesboro Volleyball hosts summer camp
SHS Volleyball
Statesboro High volleyball coach Bob Massee directs traffic during the 2016 SHS summer camp. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

The Statesboro softball program went from being lucky to winning a few games, to being a state title contender within five years. Much of their success can be attributed to the number of younger girls getting involved in softball, and playing more year round. 

Statesboro High volleyball coach Bob Massee is hoping for that same kind of success for his volleyball team as the Blue Devils will be hoping to get a good group of youngsters out for their annual summer volleyball camp July 16-19.

“This is our seventh year doing the camp,” Massee said. “It’s open to all girls from second grade up till rising seniors. We have them split up into different skill levels from those who have never even hit a volleyball, through those that are currently playing on a high school team.”

The camp is split into three sessions. The first session is for second through sixth graders, and will be held from 8:30-10:30 daily. The second session is for seventh through 12th graders who have never played volleyball before, and will be held from 11-1 p.m. The third session is an elite camp for rising seventh graders through 12th graders who have volleyball experience, and have played in high school or middle school. The elite camp will take place from 1:30 - 4:00.

“The thing I enjoy the most about these camps is seeing he camaraderie between the kids from Statesboro, Southeast Bulloch and Trinity,” Massee said. “I just love to see these girls excited about volleyball, and encouraging each other on, regardless of where they go to school. They still want to beat each other when they play, but they are friends from working together in the off season.”

Massee has been holding his camps since 2011, and has seen the improvement of the are girls, and growth of volleyball over the past few years.

“I’m starting to get some of the girls coming to the high school that have already learned some of the basic things from being in the camps,” Massee said. “It makes things so much easier on the high school level when the girls come in knowing the basics, and we can start working on more advanced things.”

Last year the Blue Devils played a very competitive schedule and finished the season with a record of 23-21, but were region runners up and actually hosted the opening round of the state playoffs. The Blue Devils lost to Whitewater, but were very competitive against a team that had three Division 1 players on their squad.

“Hardly any of our girls play year round,” Massee said. “Some of the teams in our region like South Effingham have their entire team playing year round, but we are still able to take a game from them here and there, so I know if we can get our kids to play a little more in the off season we can probably take that next step.”

The cost of the camp is $60 per child, and checks should be made payable to SHS volleyball. Pre registration is available on the Statesboro High School website by going to athletics and volleyball. You can also sign up prior to the camp July 16th. For more information contact Bob Massee at .