Lady Longhorns Learn From Visiting Coaches

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Lady Longhorn volleyball players have had the unique opportunity to learn to play the sport the Ragin' Cajun and Lumberjack way.

The chance presented itself July 12 to 14 at a high school camp held in Wilson Dome.

Among the staff overseeing the sessions were University of Louisiana assistant coach Jon Newman-Gonchar and Northern Arizona University coach Chris Campbell. The University of Louisiana mascot is the Ragin' Cajun and NAU's is the Lumberjack.

"The camp was actually sponsored by NAU, and their coach brought in the Louisiana assistant to help," PHS junior varsity coach Judy Perham said.

The camp attracted 12 high school girls, including one freshman, who are aspiring to earn spots on the PHS teams next season.

Throughout the three days of the camp, coaches stressed improving individual skills including serving, passing, digging, setting and defense.

Next up for potential volleyball players are pre-tryout practice sessions to be held after school July 31 to Aug. 4 in Wilson Dome.

The sessions will be designed by coaches to prepare players for tryouts to be held Aug. 7 to 9 also in Wilson Dome. The players who survive the tryouts to become members of the freshmen, junior varsity or varsity teams will begin preseason practices Aug. 10.

Perham is stressing that all aspiring players must have their physical exams and paperwork on file in athletic director Dave Bradley's office before they will be allowed to practice.

Next year, Arnold Stonebrink returns as varsity head coach and Trevor Creighton will coach the freshmen. Creighton takes over for Carol Hayes who resigned last spring.

In 2005, Stonebrink led the Lady Horns to an East region third-place finish and a berth into the state tournament.

There, the Lady Horns were eliminated in the first round by a 2-0 loss to Sahuarita.

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