In preparation for the 2017 season, newly appointed South Stokes volleyball coach Jayson Duncan invited Salem College coach Kevin Troup and a handful of his players to conduct a camp at South Stokes on Wednesday.
“Camps are important and especially if you can get someone like Kevin,” said Duncan. “When he coaches the fundamentals of the game and then we hit on the same stuff later in our practices, it lets the kids know we are similar in the ways colleges teach. It instills confidence and team chemistry between players and coaches.”
The Sauras had 19 players in attendance at the one-day camp which included nine incoming freshmen.
“I didn’t realize how young we would be this year, but at the same time it’s going to be exciting,” Duncan said. “I like the talent I see. We have a chance to be pretty good especially going into a different conference.”
Troup said he enjoys being part of the area high school volleyball programs.
“As a college coach, we recruit locally and have kids from West Stokes, East Surry, Surry Central, North Surry and Elkin on our team right now. Camps allow us to see other kids in a competitive environment. We just hope that one kid can take away a nugget about the game and about life that we teach.”
The Sauras will feature three seniors this year on a team that finished 13-12 with a fourth place finish in the 2A Western Piedmont Athletic Conference last season. For the next four years, South will move into the Northwest 1A Conference with county rival North Stokes.
The season will open on Monday for the Sauras with two-a-day tryouts from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. for the first week. To attend tryouts each participant must have a physical completed by a physician.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.