Before the Lady Cougars take to the floor to defend their titles in 2012, they helped out another team of Lady Cougars over the summer by holding a clinic for the Clark Montessori junior varsity and varsity teams with basic fundamentals and advanced topics during a two-day session.
Various members of the UC Clermont team were on hand to help impart some volleyball knowledge of the Lady Cougars of Clark, including current Cougars Rachel Ferguson, Becca Walton and head coach Joe Harpring, along with alum Cindy Votel.
Clark’s volleyball team is also coming off successful seasons in the Miami Valley Conference’s small school division.
Clark head coach Brian Lowe decided it would only benefit his program to have the women from UC Clermont come and hold a clinic for his players.
The members of Clark’s team were not the only ones who got something out of the experience.
Senior captain Rachel Ferguson was very pleased to see her tips in action.
“Working with the Clark girls has been a blast,” Ferguson said. “I love being able to see our coaching working in front of our eyes. It is awesome to see how eager to learn these girls were.”
With the clinic behind them, Coach Harpring and the rest of the Lady Cougars of UC Clermont are beginning to focus on their conference title defense.
Clermont has already started practicing, but the roster has not been finalized as of yet, Harpring said in an e-mail.
The Lady Cougars will return much of their championship team this season including a pair of players from Clermont County, Rachel Hays (Amelia) and Aja Pettit (Goshen).
After going 24-6 overall and 8-0 in the OCAC, this year’s team has some high expectations. The team will look to fulfill those expectations when they open their season on Aug. 21 against Miami University-Middletown at UC Clermont’s Student Activities Center at 6 p.m.