Gering’s Broussard ready to instruct Camps
     2016-06-24      By Media Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Gering alum Morgan Broussard, who played for two years at Western Nebraska Community College before playing Division I volleyball at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will be one of the instructors at the college’s volleyball camp this summer. Courtesy photo 
Morgan Broussard spent two years at Western Nebraska Community College before playing Division I volleyball at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Now, ready to give back to the Cougars, Broussard will be one of the camp instructors at the individual volleyball camps in July.
Broussard brims with excitement about teaching young girls what she learned while playing college volleyball.

“I love being able to be back and help out with camps where it all started for me as a collegiate athlete,” Broussard said. “I remember back when I was just a little girl and how excited I always got when volleyball camps rolled around. I attended as many as I could, especially growing up with volleyball in my household with my mom and sister. It is really important to be able to attend camps to start young and to be able to learn and practice the game early on.”

Broussard is one of those high school athletes that was considering not playing sports in college. But, then WNCC coach Giovana Melo, kept after Broussard and saw potential in the 2012 Gering High School graduate. “I’ve said this many times before, that if I could go back in time, would I make the same decision to start playing at a 4-year university,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to change a thing. I’m so happy I chose to continue my volleyball career at WNCC which then lead me to not only playing two more years at a Division I program, but also having the opportunity to pursue a year in beach volleyball. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Coach Melo not giving up on me and pushing me to be the volleyball player I am today. Also the wonderful support from my family, friends, and the community over the years.”

The individual volleyball camps begin the week of July 11 for two weeks. Camp 1 is a Little Kids Camp on July 11 and 12 for girls in grades 3rd through 5th. Cost is just $50 for the 8 a.m. to noon camp.

There will also be a Setters, Hitters, and Libero camps for girls in grades 7-12 scheduled for July 11-14. The cost of the camp is $100 and runs from 1-5 p.m. The week of July 18-21 will feature two more camps, both Individual Skills Camps. Camp 3 is an individual skills camp for middle school players (grades 6-8) and will run from 8 a.m. to noon all four days. Camp 4, which runs from 1-5 p.m. all four days, is an individual skills camp for high school players. Both camps cost $75.

There will also be a team camp July 5-7 for varsity and junior varsity teams to play games against other teams for three days. Cost of the team camp is $35 per player.

Broussard is just one of the camp instructors to help third-year volleyball coach Binny Canales with the camp. Also helping this year will be WNCC assistant coach Whitney Roth. Roth, a Gering High School graduate, also played for the Cougars in 2008 and 2009 before going on to play at Texas A&M Kingsville.

In fact, that is where Broussard is headed next year to finish her collegiate athletic eligibility. Broussard will play beach volleyball next year at Texas A&M Kingsville.

“I will continue my volleyball career at Texas A&M Kingsville playing beach volleyball for my 5th year of eligibility,” she said. “I’m really excited and blessed for this next chapter in my life. I haven’t played much sand, but when I have it was always really fun and I really enjoy the competitiveness. Being able to work with just a single partner makes it a lot of fun. There will definitely be some challenges and some things to learn, but I look forward to it.”

What the camp participants will learn from Broussard is the dedication and work ethic it takes to be successful. Broussard had that throughout high school and college. Her UTSA team finished second in the Conference USA tournament last November.

“Being a Division I athlete doesn’t come easy, but it is worth every ounce of sweat you put into it,” Broussard said. “The memories I was able to cherish with my team and how I was able to create lifelong friends is a special bonus that comes with the game. You must be fully committed to yourself, your team, and the game.”

Camp registrations and the flyer can be downloaded from the WNCC athletic website at www.wnccathletics.com. For more information, contact WNCC coach Binny Canales at canalesa@wncc.edu.

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