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Lady Flame Netters Reach Out to the Community

May 12, 2008
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Brittany Pacella sits with two of the participants in the March 1 skills clinic for senior citizens.

Brittany Pacella sits with two of the participants in the March 1 skills clinic for senior citizens.

In addition to practicing for the upcoming 2008 season, the Liberty volleyball team took part in a pair of community service projects during the recently completed spring semester. The team helped run a developmental volleyball league for area girls and also put on a one-day skills clinic for senior citizens.

Every Sunday from January 20 to March 9, the Lady Flame volleyball players worked with approximately 60 girls from the Heart of Virginia Volleyball Club Developmental League at Linkhorne Middle School in Lynchburg. The Lady Flames developed and ran three-hour practices for the 9-to-14-year-old girls each week, culminating with a tournament on March 9. This is the second consecutive year the Liberty players have instructed the developmental league participants, and the Lady Flames' assistance really made a difference, according to Heart of Virginia Volleyball Club director Kristen Hardie.

"It's nice to have the Liberty volleyball players involved with our program," stated Hardie. "They did a fantastic job teaching the developmental players. The players learned a lot while having fun."

The Lady Flames also assisted area senior citizens, between the ages of 50 and 80, on March 1, when the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department organized a one-day skills clinic at Heritage United Methodist Church. The Liberty players planned the day's instructional activities, including drills and scrimmage sessions. The Lady Flames helped a number of the senior citizens prepare for the Senior Olympics in May.

"The volleyball clinic the Lady Flames conducted was so great," exclaimed Marsha Berry, Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Senior Volleyball Coordinator. "We learned that there is so much more than just hitting the ball back! The players were so awesome. Not only were they skilled volleyball players, but they showed such patience and encouragement to our senior team."

Liberty, the 2007 Big South champion, will open its 2008 campaign on August 29 at the VCU 3rd Degree Sportswear Invitational. The Lady Flames' first opponent at the two-day tournament will be ACC foe N.C. State.

Karyl Bacon poses with her developmental league team.

Jessica Nelson lines up for a photo with her Heart of Virginia squad.

Nicki Scripko (L) and Kirstyn Sanders line up with their team.

Kallie Corbin leads area senior citizens in a setting drill.