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July events were a big success

A memo from Charles A. "Chuck" Stemm
Michiana Region Volleyball Association

The Region cannot thank the High Performance staff enough:

  • Lisa Dillman, head coach
  • Matt Botsford, assistant coach
  • Dave Saenz, junior program coordinator for the Michiana Region

Their dedication to the game of volleyball is unsurpassed. Starting about a year ago, the staff and others went to Indiana and Michigan high schools and any volleyball tournament they heard about, to observe potential invitees for our High Performance Tryout Camp. Twenty-four young women were invited to the tryouts that were held July 8-13 at the Breeden YMCA and Learning Center in Angola, Ind. I attended several intense practice sessions and could not figure out how they were going to pare the girls down to 12 High Performance team members and alternates. I cannot remember seeing so much young talent gathered at one place. The staff said it was one of the hardest decisions they ever made.

Finally, though, they made the selections after the final scrimmage Friday morning. While it was a joyful moment for some and tearful for others, the players all conducted themselves in a manner befitting the fine young lady athletes that they are. If it had been at all possible, we would have accepted all of them and had two teams, but that is not allowed for the event they were preparing to soon participate in.

Besides the staff, others pitched in to help make the program a success:

Mitch Stemm helped at the player check-in to make sure the girls had all the proper paperwork for the camp. He took on the job of checking out the transportation logistics for the staff and team, checking airlines, bus, train, motor home and vehicle rental costs for the Colorado tournament.

Dan Mullins took on the task of ordering the playing uniforms, travel bags and equipment. We can be proud of how our girls were dressed at the Colorado Springs Cup on the week of July 24-28.

Head Referee Terry Sweasy took time off from work to officiate the final scrimmage in Angola.

We can’t thank Andy Bretz and Kiley Adolph enough. They are students and volleyball players at Tri-State University in Angola. Using a TSU van, Andy volunteered his time to drive the girls from the hotel to the YMCA and cafeteria and use the school video equipment to tape practices for the coaching staff. Kiley not only helped with drills; she chaperoned and did anything else that needed to be done, including cleaning up after the cookout.

John Mack and the entire staff at the Breeden YMCA and Learning Center in Angola made our staff and players feel at home. Without their help and assistance, our High Performance Program would never had gotten started.

The Ramada Inn in Angola was the "home" for the staff and girls during the week of the tryout camp and the following weekend. They went out of their way to make our people feel at home. I overheard people commenting on how nicely they were treated; the girls enjoyed their stay there.

To the parents of the young women at the tryouts and all volleyball parents: I commend your dedication to your daughters. The many hours of transporting them to tryouts, practices, games and matches cannot be weighed in dollars. We hope you consider volleyball as preparation for their future.

We would also like to thank Lynn and Richard Stroup of Lake George in Fremont, Ind. They are neighbors of Shanon Lewis and John Popp. Lynn, Rich and John opened up their homes and had a cookout for the girls of the High Performance Tryout Camp. Not only did Lynn and Rich open their home to 24 girls and the staff, but they donated all the food and soft drinks. John let the girls invade his house and use his canoe for the evening, although he was very tired and had to get up the next morning at 4:30 a.m. for work.

Lynn had volunteered to help with the cookout months ago when Dave Saenz contacted Shanon regarding the High Performance Camp in Angola. Lynn's entire kitchen and dining room were ripped up for remodeling, but she always has a backup. She just took everything over to John’s house and used his kitchen. Lynn made homemade salsa, pasta salad and baked beans while Rich and Shanon operated the grills for hot dogs and hamburgers.

Richard and Lynn would like to wish all the girls good luck and hope to see them again next year.

"These girls were a joy to have in our neighborhood," Richard said, "and we thought that our contribution would be an example to other people in our community to give of themselves to help the game of volleyball spread."

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