OFF THE NET — Practicing transitions off the net are Sunnyside High School volleyball players Carolina Perez and Shaslyn Rios.

SUNNYSIDE — Going back to the basics, learning to hone their skills last week were Sunnyside High School volleyball players, as well as a few from other schools.

SHS Coach Erin Koerner asked Centralia College volleyball Coach Susan Gordon to conduct a camp for players in the Lower Yakima Valley.

“The camp was open to girls from other schools because I’m a firm believer in helping all athletes,” Koerner said.

As the Lady Grizzlies’ new head coach, it’s her aim to provide players with more than one opportunity to attend a camp.

“Some can’t afford to leave town,” she noted, stating the camp last Tuesday through Friday was at SHS, and her players will have a chance to take part in a camp hosted by Guy Enriquez in Kelso.

Last week’s camp was intended to build confidence and skills. It provided the players exposure to athletes from the college’s program, as well as the coach.

Koerner hoped that would open their eyes to the options available to them. “They don’t always have to compete for a 4-year school.”

Smaller, 2-year colleges, have scholarships available that aren’t always realized, she said.

“The Centralia players and coach have been taking the girls through the basics, including how to run a faster offense,” Koerner said.

They were learning to understand their roles on a team, proper setting, digging and attack.

“It’s an opportunity to grow and be a part of something,” Koerner said, noting athletics is part of the learning experience.

Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, ext. 114 or email

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