BULLHEAD CITY — With the Arizona Interscholastic Association season six weeks away, the Colorado River Union High School District’s volleyball teams found a great place to prepare themselves for the 10-week grind.
The Mohave Accelerated Learning Center hosted its second Colorado River Volleyball Camp, and the Mohave High School Lady T-birds placed first out of the 14 teams participating in the competition/instruction camp.
“It’s not so much to get us ready, but to give our kids a lot of playing time for when the season starts,” said T-birds head coach Zdenko Radic, whose team will open its season on Aug. 28 at Mohave High School against the River Valley High School Dust Devils.
River Valley head coach John Bundy, whose Dust Devils were among the 14 teams at the camp, held a camp in mid-June at River Valley where Northern Arizona University head volleyball coach Ken Murphy, and this week’s CRVC instructor Rich Foley has helped his Dust Devils make the transition from the sand volleyball to the hardwood.
Hoyt, who hosted the camp, combined her incoming freshmen, junior varsity and varsity student-athletes this week.
“It developed teamwork,” she said. “It’s a great program builder.”
The six-year MALC head coach said her camp is becoming very popular, as its numbers more than doubled from six to 14 from its first to second year. “It’s not going anywhere,” Hoyt said. “It’s doubled in size and it might double again.”
Hoyt, whose Patriots will open their season on Aug. 28 at MALC against Kingman Academy, said the camp was a great warmup for the season. “I got a look at all the players in the program,” she added.