From Our Editors
When it comes to women's volleyball, the Grand Canyon University 'Lopes are looking at a bright future—in 2016, Tim Nollan took over as head coach after spending five years as associate head coach at USC, where he helped the Trojans claim two Pac-12 titles and recruited some of the country's best players. That forward-looking focus helps motivate the 'Lopes to impart their skills to the next generation of volleyball stars via summer camps designed for young athletes all ages and skill levels. Conducted by GCU's coaching staff as well as current players, the camps ensure campers receive top-level instruction and aren't just heeding the self-serving advice from talking Wilsons.
- Little 'Lopes Camp—Players in 8th grade or lower learn basic skills in two-hour sessions on the same court the team calls home.
- All Skills Camp—Older players learn to refine their all-around fundamentals and individual skills, then apply the lessons to live gameplay.
- Defense Camp—Competitive volleyball is about specializing, so in this camp, players learn the skills to become most effective at the back line and implement techniques used by the nation's top liberos.
- Setting and Offense Camp—Instructors help players hone the technical and mental aspects to become a force at the net, particularly by balancing the strategy and mechanics needed to shape a devastating attack.