Stillman College Hosts Pam Phillips Volleyball Challenge Camps
The net is up and twelve high school and middle school teams are headed to Stillman to compete in the fourth annual Pam Phillips Volleyball Challenge Camps, which will be held July 22nd to 25th in Birthright Alumni Hall on the College campus.
The volleyball matches are played in a tournament setting with competitions beginning at 9 a.m. and ending by 5 p.m. each day. Seven teams will compete in the high school division, which will play July 22nd and 23rd. Five middle school teams will compete on July 24th and 25th. Participating high schools will include the varsity and junior varsity teams from Hillcrest, and varsity teams from Central, Tuscaloosa Academy, Hale County, Center Point, and Dallas County. Participants in the middle school camp include Echols, Hillcrest A, Hillcrest B, Northside, and Westlawn. Admission is $2 per day.
“The camps are fun and they give players actual on the court team experience before the regular volleyball season begins. On the first day at camp each summer, many players are a little shaky. But by the second day, they relax and feel more confident. Coaches tell me that the camp helps players to feel better prepared when they enter their first matches of the new season. It’s a rewarding experience for them and also a great opportunity to show the players and spectators how beautiful our campus is,” says Phillips, who coaches Stillman’s Lady Tiger volleyball and softball players.
“This is the fourth summer that we have held the camp, but we weren’t able to hold one last year because the gym was being renovated. The kids are always excited about meeting our college players and competing in a college arena. This year they will also enjoy seeing the expanded seating, new restrooms, larger court space and other renovations to Birthright,” she says.
Biology major January Page, who is senior team captain and a setter for the Lady Tigers, enjoys helping during the camps. “I enjoy watching good volleyball and this camp attracts a lot of good teams. It’s exciting to see how much volleyball has progressed since I was in high school. It’s much closer to the college level than it was five years ago when I played at Enterprise High School.”
Page says that she and other Lady Tigers assist during the camps by serving as referees and line judges, running the scoreboard, and taking care of “anything else that the coach needs help with.”
Coach Phillips, who is beginning her sixth season at the College, sees many familiar faces at her volleyball camps. This is no surprise considering her history. Prior to joining Stillman, she dedicated 28 years of service to the Tuscaloosa County School System, where she served as a coach and an athletic director. “Two of my former public school athletes have played for my Stillman softball team. Another one will join the College this fall as a Lady Tiger softball student-athlete,” she notes.
“Volleyball camp is fun. During the competition, the coaches get fired up and everyone has a great time. Middle school matches are particularly fun to watch because so many parents and other family members and friends come to support the players.”
For more information on the 2013 Pam Phillips Volleyball Challenge Camps, or for details on upcoming Lady Tiger volleyball games, contact Coach Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 205-247-8041.
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