WATCH NOW: Volleyball – Ellie Kline’s Ace Volleyball Camp debuts in Holmen | Interior preparations

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HOLMEN – Some needed to work on improving footwork to prepare for a good smash at the net, while others needed help with the more basic aspects of playing volleyball.

One spent part of Tuesday afternoon’s reunion at Holmen High School rolling around inside a wheelie bin – her legs sticking out of the holes so she could move around in the gymnasium – which contained volleyballs.

Ellie Kline just graduated from Holmen in June, but here she is back at her alma mater in a very different role in a very familiar atmosphere.

Kline, who grew up attending sports camps of all kinds, was running the show this week for her first-ever ACE (Attitude-Confidence-Effort) volleyball camp, hosted by Holmen Hometown Heat.

A Libero preparing for her first season at the NCAA Division II Minnesota State-Mankato, Kline spent two days working with nearly 80 kids (ranging from ninth to 12th grade) at varying levels of learning the game she has. so influenced as a Viking.

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“I used to go to camps, and they were always a lot of fun,” said Kline, who was twice named MVC Most Valuable Player. “As I got older, I thought, ‘I think I can do this. I think I can bring people together and help kids love volleyball.

After traveling to Mankato earlier this summer and helping out with youth camps there, Kline determined the time was right to start something in Holmen. So she talked to her family and friends and quickly got the ball rolling.

She expected 35 or 40 kids to sign up, but nearly doubled that amount for a few 2.5 hour sessions for those entering grades 3-6 and two 3 hour sessions for those entering. from seventh to 10th grade.

“The kids kept signing up,” said Kline, who is also motivated to move the program forward after qualifying for the first time at the Division 1 state tournament last fall. “I’m super happy with the number of kids we’ve signed up.”

Kline rose to part of the challenge by relying on her family to help her. His parents, Marci and Mike, both helped run the stations during Tuesday’s first session for the youngest participants. Other parents were also there to help in different capacities.

The camp game used to be reserved for coaches or professional players before collegiate athletes started to enter the scene. Kline hasn’t even played for the Mavericks, but here she is less than two months after ending her high school career in a WIAA Division 1 softball regional final.

Kline developed the camp — well, two camps considering the age difference — based on exercises she learned in the sport.

Campers used balls to develop control, ran around the pitch and in specific parts of it on command to show they knew them, and worked on teamwork and serve. They were also able to play a match at the end of the session while being split into similar groups based on skill level.

“You have to strike a balance and find things that will help everyone have a good time,” Kline said. “You also want to help everyone learn something new, and you want to challenge them at the same time.

“We spent many hours planning what we could do. We absolutely wanted to bring together all the necessary skills so that each person could get something out of it. »

Todd Sommerfeldt can be reached at [email protected] or via Twitter @SommerfeldtLAX

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