Getting acclimated to a new environment.
That’s what first-year Orangefield head volleyball coach Meagan Adams is doing.
The Orangefield Lady Bobcat Volleyball Camp is going on this week and Adams is getting a chance to meet future Lady Bobcat netters.
“It’s been great,” said Adams. “Orangefield has welcomed me with open arms. I’m really enjoying the small-town feel. Orangefield is such a tight-knit community and I can already see that there is plenty of support for girls athletics here. I understand that’s always been the case and that excites me even more with the season just around the corner.”
There was quite a large amount of campers on Wednesday and Adams says the numbers have grown each day since Monday.
“The turnout is really wonderful,” said Adams. “The kids are really getting to learn more about the basics and fundamentals of the game.”
Adams will have plenty of talent to work with this fall with the return of several standouts off last season’s playoff squad.
“We have a lot of experience coming back and that’s wonderful,” said Adams. “What’s even better is that we’ve had open gym throughout the summer and we’ve had 45 kids show up. That’s just awesome.”
Adams replaces former coach Kristin Holbrooks, who is now out of the coaching field.
Adams was a standout player for Lamar University for four seasons and was a key cog in leading the Lady Cardinals to the NCAA Tournament in 2008.
In four seasons at Lamar, Adams compiled 642 kills, 195 of them coming her senior year.
“I grew up in a much more populated area, so Southeast Texas is definitely a nice change of pace for me,” said Adams. “Lamar was a wonderful place to go to school and it helped me get to know this area even more. I remember those Lamar camps we would have for kids during the summer, there would sometimes be well over 100 of them. What I like about our camp is that you have more one-on-one time teaching the kids. It’s been really fun.”
Adams, who grew up playing for Bastrop High School, was a First Team All-District selection for three seasons and was named the team Most Valuable Player three straight years.
She was also recruited by Tulsa, SMU, Rice, New Mexico State and Texas State.
Adams’ fiancé’ is former Lamar All-Conference player and Atlanta Braves minor leaguer Colin Delome from Buna.
Adams will watch her Lady Bobcats open up their regular season Aug. 14 at home against Tarkington.
Two other area volleyball camps are going on this week.
Little Cypress-Mauriceville is hosting the Lady Bear Volleyball Camp while Bridge City is having the Lady Cardinal Volleyball Camp.
Getting acclimated to a new environment.
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