College Expectations Volleyball Camp
Wednesday July 1 - Friday July 3, 2015
Hosted at Sweet Briar College, near Lynchburg Virginia           Directed by Tom Houser

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College Expectations 2015!
Back Row: Coach Allison Sparks, Coach Danny Miller, Coach Maribeth Kern, Coach Blair Trail, Emerson Scollo, Katherine Lake, Hannah Quesinberry, Whitney Bolton, Catherine Reinard, Bailee Heatwole, Megan Pace, Hannah Berlin, Jessica Beam, Cassidy Bell, Coach Katey Holley, Coach Sarah Hammon, Coach Devyn Bayes, Coach Tom Houser
Kneeling: Adrienne Harris, Hillary Hettinger, Elizabeth Giles, Morgan Loomis, Bayli Shivley, Jena Alley, Lauren Sword, Maddie Lawrence, Bailey Delby, Morgan Ratcliffe, Amy Goodman, Abby Hall, Sara Brooks, Cameron Blankenship.
Front Row: Bristal Upchurch, Lindsey Hite, Morgan Thompkins, Abby Keehn, Haley Armacost, Emily Thackston, Tiana Taylor, Paige Spencer, Harper Scollo, Monica Parrott, Taylor Woodlief.


There was a 3-way tie for the Steal The Bacon Championship with a 2-1 record!
Here are those three teams!



2015 Camp Format:

Wednesday July 1: 10am to 12:30pm, 1:30 to 4pm, 5 to 7:30pm.
Thursday June 2: 10am to 12:30pm, 1:30 to 4pm, 5 to 7:30pm.
Friday July 3: 10am to 12:30pm, 1:30 to 3:30pm.
Awards 3:30 to 4pm.

Captains Of The Day:

Wednesday: Paige Spencer, senior, Nelson County High (Lovingston, Va).
Thursay: Bristol Upchurch, senior, Carroll County High (Hillsville, Va).
Friday: Emily Thackston, senior, Morehead High (Eden, NC).


Cost: $325

Maximum Campers:  Each 8 girls that we admit will be matched by a college coach and an assistant who has played college vball! 

Staff:  College coaches +
college players + Coach Houser

Location: The awesome Upchurch Field House, on the campus of Sweet Briar College!  You can see it here

Registration Info:  
The registration form is here!

T-Shirts!  Yes!  Again for 2015! 

Meals And Water Bottles! 
* Meals will be provided free each day at the camp.
* Water bottles need to be brought from home and refilled at the camp each day.

End Of Camp Awards
We hope to give more awesome awards again, like you see here!

Overnight campers:
A camper can pay an additional fee to stay at the Elston Inn on the campus of Sweet Briar College.

This is College Expectations!
Our college coaches say, "We will work on transition/wash/game like drills. Situations where you have to score. Not only emphasize the three skills, but do them with a kill. Heavy emphasis on finishing points and not just 'playing correctly'. Let's work on terminating rallies! If they want to play in college that's what I want to teach them this summer!"

What was the difference between
High Expectations and College Expectations.

A High Exp. camper needed to be at least:
* a rising 8th grader, with;
* three seasons of competitive ball. 

A College Exp. camper needed to be at least:
* a rising freshman, with;
* five seasons of competitive ball.

(a "season" does not include equal playing time middle school ball, a rec league, a county league, or a summer league.
If your daughter doesn't have the minimum requirements, don't give up yet. We sometimes make special exemptions for outstanding athletes....tell us about your daughter and we may admit her!)


Pictures from the 2010 - 2014 camps are on our camp Facebook page! Please visit us here.


We will again be using the Sweet Briar College gym in 2015. It's an incredible facility!!

More info about SBC can be found at the bottom of this page.

2015 Court Coaches:

Blair Trail
Head Coach, Roanoke College
Blair Trail is in her 14th season as the head coach of the Roanoke volleyball program. Trail, a 1999 graduate of Roanoke College, was a standout with the Maroon volleyball program, establishing several school records during her playing days. The longest tenured coach in the history of the program is also the all-time wins leader, Trail has compiled an overall record of 251-173.  You can contact her at 540-378-5131, or email her at

Danny Miller
Head Coach, Averett University
Coach Miller has been the head coach at Averett University for 1
9 years. Miller has led the Cougars to a 506-245 record, going 240-58 in conference play and four NCAA Tournament appearances. He also has won seven conference tournament titles and nine regular season crowns. The Averett University volleyball website can be seen here. You can contact Coach Miller here: or you can call his office at 434-791-5737

Devyn Bayes
Head Coach, Emory and Henry College

Devyn has been the head coach at Emory & Henry College for one season. Before that she spent two years as the assistant coach at University of Arkansas-Monticello, where she earned a masters degree in PE and Coaching. Prior to that she was head coach of the American University women's club volleyball team, where she graduated in 2012 with a master's degree in Global Affairs. . She graduated from Ferrum College in 2010, where she made the volleyball team as a walk-on her freshman year! Devyn has assisted with thirty-eight STAR volleyball camps. Her email is

List Of Camp Assistants: 

Katey Holley
Katey is a junior at Averett University in Danville, Va, where she's played 3 years on the volleyball team. Much of the time she has been the starting libero. She is a 2012 graduate of Westover Christian. She played school ball for 6 years, club ball for 3 years. During her senior year at WCA, the team won their first ever VACA state championship and she was named tournament MVP. That same year, she was named Metro Danville Player Of The Year. The article is here. She has assisted with fourteen STAR camps, has directed divisions at six, and has also coached 4 years of youth volleyball in Danville. You can contact Katey at

Sarah Sparks Hammond
Sarah is a 2014 graduate of Averett University where she was a starting MB all 4 years.  She had an all-conference freshman and senior seasons as a starting middle hitter. She has worked 14 previous STAR camps. Sarah played for Rockingham County HS. She also played club volleyball for three years under Danny Miller for the Caswell (North Carolina) Volleyball Club.  Sarah is now a math teacher at Central Academy Middle School in Fincastle, Va. Sarah can be contacted at

Allison Sparks
Allison is also a 2014
graduate of Averett University. .....yes she and Sarah are twin sisters. Allison had a great career at AU where she was named Conference Player Of The Year as a senior. She also was named a D3 All-American. She played for Rockingham County HS. She also played for three years under Coach Miller for Caswell Volleyball Club. Allison is now an elementary teacher in Halifax County.  You can contact her at

Maribeth Kern
Maribeth just finished her
junior season at Liberty University.  Maribeth played her first two years as a star at King College in Bristol Tenn. Her Liberty bio can be seen here, and her King bio can be seen here.  She is a 2012 graduate of James River High in Botetourt County, Va, where she has had a great volleyball career, making 1st team all-district 3 consecutive years. Her junior year was unforgettable: District player of the year, 1st team all-state, and her team won the single-A state championship. She also played 5 years of club ball. You can contact Maribeth at


If you have any questions about the camp, you may email the camp director, Coach Houser,
at or the camp host,
Barry Kane at









The High Expectations Camp was the best camp that I have been involved with - the end of camp tournament was a true "tournament" feel with excellent play - the girls showed vast improvement. I hope to see the same again.
Barry Kane, host of 2011 and 2012 High and Maximum Expectations Camps. 


Camp Info:

Touch here to
see the Sweet Briar College website.
134 Chapel Rd, Sweet Briar, VA 24595
Phone: (434) 381-6100



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