Volleyball Kent Camps return with strong turnout

The Volleyball Kent Camps were back on the court this week for their 34th edition after a two-year pandemic-related absence.

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The Volleyball Kent Camps were back on the court this week for their 34th edition after a two-year pandemic-related absence.

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The four-day junior and intermediate camps wrapped up Friday at St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus HealthPlex with 116 players, up from 105 players at the last camps in 2019.

“It’s nice to see some growth,” said co-director Melissa Bartlett, the Western University women’s volleyball head coach.

The junior camp for Grades 2 to 6 had 40 participants, while the intermediate camp for Grades 6 to 9 had 76 participants.

Camp alumni include Team Canada players Bartlett, Adam Kaminski and Sarah Pavan.

Dozens of former campers have played on college and university teams. Several made provincial teams and a few have played professionally.

Dante McKaig, 14, tips the ball during a game at the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St.  Clair College's Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug.  5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Dante McKaig, 14, tips the ball during a game at the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Maya Griffioen, 13, makes a pass during a game at the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St.  Clair College's Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug.  5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Maya Griffioen, 13, makes a pass during a game at the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Ruby Garneau hits a return as Sydney Phillips watches during the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St.  Clair College's Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug.  5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Ruby Garneau hits a return as Sydney Phillips watches during the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Claire Perini, 11, serves during the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St.  Clair College's Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug.  5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Claire Perini, 11, serves during the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Johyna Vanderveen, 13, makes a pass during the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St.  Clair College's Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug.  5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Johyna Vanderveen, 13, makes a pass during the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Hannah Leidl, 10, prepares to serve during the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St.  Clair College's Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug.  5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Hannah Leidl, 10, prepares to serve during the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Sydney Phillips, 12, hits a return as Ruby Garneau watches during the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St.  Clair College's Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug.  5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Sydney Phillips, 12, hits a return as Ruby Garneau watches during the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Sarah Buchanan hits a return during the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St.  Clair College's Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug.  5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Sarah Buchanan hits a return during the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Kaitlyn Kelly hits a return during the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St.  Clair College's Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug.  5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Kaitlyn Kelly hits a return during the annual Volleyball Kent Camps at St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus HealthPlex in Chatham, Ont., on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network

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