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Alma, Weaver set for summer camps 5/26/22

Alma, Weaver set for summer camps

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


Alma volleyball coach Kim Weaver started a tradition in 2021 with the first-ever spring game. Just like football, where teams cap off-season workouts with a spring game, Weaver’s Lady Airedales hit the court this week with another spring match to give fans a glimpse into the upcoming 2022 campaign. 


“We have added ten talented sophomores to our roster,” Weaver said. “Each of them brings something just a little different, but what they all have in common are a strong work ethic and a competitive spirit.”


The Lady Airedales have some key pieces coming back, including Jenna Williams, Jocelyn Harless, Laila Boyd, Samantha Crook, and Rachel James. Mia Nichols, Zoe Thrift, and Julia Nutt are also back in the fold. 


Alma finished 4-10 in the 5A-West play last season. 


“We are needing to increase our kills per set next season, so we placed a significant emphasis on shot selection and increasing power,” Weaver said. “This is something we will continue to focus on during June.”


Weaver and Co. will compete in a three-day camp in Branson, Mo. next month. 


“The Liking Team Camp is the largest volleyball team camp in the county, and we are really excited to compete with teams from all over the southern part of the United States,” Weaver said. “We will also be participating in UCA's team camp. Both of these camps will give us opportunities to work with different rotations, build relationships, and have fun together as a team.


The Lady Airedales have been building from the ground up, starting with elementary-aged kids through middle school. It’s a work in progress. 


“Our 2022 eighth and ninth graders both had great spring workouts,” Weaver said. “Each team put in some valuable time on the court and in the weight room. Our 2022 seventh graders include 11 athletes with prior volleyball experience. We are very excited for the 2022 season.”


Alma opens the 2022 campaign on Aug. 18 at Huntsville. The Lady Airedales will play three road matches to start, with stops in Charleston and Pottsville as well. 


The Lady Airedales open their home slate on Aug. 27 against Lavaca. 


Alma opens 5A-West play on Sept. 6 against Harrison.