Lassen Club Volleyball back and better than ever
Sonya Martinez, left, Kara Hahn, Melanie Gatie and Jodee Lewis line up to practice their serves. Photo by Maddie Musante
April 17 — Lassen Club Volleyball is in full swing, teaching youth of all ages to play volleyball skillfully and competitively. The club is enjoying both high membership this year and a high level of skill that is placing them in the upper ranks at tournaments.
Lassen Club Volleyball works with volleyball players as young as sixth-graders all the way up to college-level players. According to coach Julie Schmidt, this is the first year the club has had so many participants with 63 total in the class. The club is broken into several age brackets that include two teams in the 18-year-old age division, one team in the 16-year-old division and a younger team of sixthth through eigth grade girls. As part of club volleyball, Schmidt works with players from the freshman, JV and varsity teams of Lassen High School, as well players from Lassen Community College and younger players who attend schools throughout Lassen County. This year she has three Lassen High School seniors who will go on to play volleyball under coach Glen Yonan at Lassen Community College next year.
Schmidt is thrilled to see players from so many different age groups and skill levels participating this year. “It’s nice seeing different levels … we’ve never had so many young girls, so we’re building them younger and getting them ready for the next level,” she said.
Schmidt is also excited to see Lassen Club Volleyball competing at a high level and believes the club and its players are improving every year. Last year was the first time the club won a league title.
The 16-year old age group team recently competed in a tournament and won the silver bracket for the first time. The two 18-year-old teams are also making their mark at tournaments. In its last tournament, one of the 18 age group teams made it the semi-finals of the gold bracket, while the other went to the finals in the silver bracket.
“It’s just exiting to see how far everyone’s come … we’re getting there. We’re improving every year,” Schmidt said about the club’s recent success at tournaments.
Lassen Club Volleyball teams compete against teams from all over California and Oregon at tournaments.
For more information on club volleyball, call Julie Schmidt at 257-5173.