Coach Alicia Trujillo said that almost 30 young people are out for her “Pass it, Set it, Spike it” volleyball camp going on this week at the Rattler Gymnasium each morning and afternoon.
‘Things are going really well,” said Trujillo about the progress of the camp. “We’ve got a really good number out in the afternoon – not as many in the morning.” Trujillo said she is quite impressed with the people that are out and taking part in the camp. “We have some definite talent here although some of it is hiding behind a summer of inactivity,” said Trujillo. “It’s just my job to bring it out.” If the campers’ response to their coach is any indication, Trujillo should be able to do just that. “She’s a really awesome coach,” said senior Autumn Moore about Trujillo during a break from the camp. Moore said that both the girls and the coach are keeping their eyes beyond just the camp aspects of the July gathering of volleyball players and coaches. “We’re getting a mind set to be winners,” said Moore “She’s preparing us for that. We’re learning how to do that.”
The outside hitter said the coach is establishing the mind set with drills and practices that will assist the young athletes when the season begins in the not too distant future. “We have just two weeks to go before we start two-a-days,” said Moore, “and we’ll have two weeks of those instead of just one like we did last year.”Trujillo said that Aug. 10 would in fact be the beginning of two-a-days.
“At least that’s what coach Ferguson tells me,” said Trujillo.
One of the things one of the campers has picked up on is the coach’s focus on interaction. “Coach Trujillo does a good job of improving everyone’s skills,” said Bobby Sherwood a 2004 Tucumcari High School graduate helping with the camp. “She has really stressed the fact that there is no “I” in “teamwork”. She’s helping these girls think like winners.”