Gering’s Meisner attends college volleyball camps
     2016-07-15      By Media Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Courtesy photo Stacie Meisner, a 2006 gradate of Gering High School, is pictured here during her playing days at Western Nebraska Community College. Meisner is helping out with the college’s youth volleyball summer camps. 
SCOTTSBLUFF — Stacie Meisner, a 2006 Gering High graduate, believes highly in the instruction she received when she attended the Western Nebraska Community College volleyball camps.

Meisner, who helped WNCC win the school’s first national championship in 2007, attended the camps from fifth grade to her senior year in high school.

This year’s camps ran for two weeks.

Meisner attended the general skills camps, which this will be held the week of July 18-21, along with the setters/hitters/libero camp. She said these camps helped her develop as a volleyball player.

“These camps were vital to my development as a player, especially since there weren’t many local options for playing volleyball in the summer,” Meisner, who went on to play at the University of Alaska Anchorage, said, “The fact that I could attend such a quality camp in my home town is a luxury that not many players from small towns get to enjoy.

“When you look at the quality of coaching at these camps, from when Coach [Chris] Green and Coach [Giovana] Melo were there, it was really something special for local high school girls to be able to receive instruction from such incredibly talented coaches. I can’t speak to the coaching after Melo, but you can see from the continued success at WNCC that the coaches there are doing a great job. So even now, to have that resource for young players right in Scottsbluff and Gering is a tremendous advantage to players who really want to develop their skills.”

Two camps, July 11-12, with the the first, a Little Kids Camp, were for girls in the fifth grade or below.

The camps focused on training for setters/hitters/libero camp for girls in the grades 7-12.

The week of July 18-21 features two more camps, both Individual Skills Camps. Camp 3 is an individual skills camp for middle school players (6th-8th grades) and will run from 8 a.m. – 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.

Meisner, who became a standout volleyball player at WNCC and Alaska Anchorage advises the participants wanting to attend to go to the camps ready to grow as a player.

“As for advice, players should go to these camps ready to learn, grow, and change,” she said. “The coaches might ask you to do something that is different from what you were taught in middle school and high school, and you really have to be open to trying new techniques; and you have to be coachable. If you’re at a successful high school program, it’s easy to think that your high school coach’s methods and techniques are the best around — but that’s not always the case. The biggest thing to remember is that the coaches at WNCC coach at a different level, a higher level, and they have something to offer that maybe your high school coach doesn’t. If you’re not willing to go to these camps with an open mind and be open to new and different styles of play, then you aren’t going to get the most out of the experience.”

Not only are the volleyball camps a way to improve your skills, it is a way to interact with Cougar players, who have gone through the WNCC program with plenty of success in competing at the national level.

The camp helpers are all former WNCC players including Gering’s Morgan Broussard and Whitney Roth. Broussard played two years at the Division I level at the University of Texas San Antonio while Roth went on to play volleyball and tennis at Texas A&M Kingsville.

“One thing that really sticks out in my mind from these camps, was the interaction with the WNCC players that helped at the camps,” Meisner said. “It was always fun meeting the players, playing with them, and then getting to watch them play during the season. The Panhandle is extremely lucky to have such a great volleyball program at WNCC, where they’ve been able to watch some really high-quality players who went on to have very successful college careers.”

Individuals can sign up the day of the camps, or download a camp brochure at www.wnccathletics.net and then the camp tab.

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