College Expectations Volleyball Camp
Friday June 30 - Sunday July 2, 2017
Hosted at Sweet Briar College, near Lynchburg Virginia           Directed by Tom Houser

The combination of intensity, fun, learning and low cost beats every camp option in the USA

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The 2017 Award Winners!

College Expectations 2017
Very Back:
Coach Danny Miller, Coach Eddie Matthews, Coach Blair Trail
Back Row:
Coach Katey Holley, Coach Allison Williams, Coach Maribeth Kern, Cassie Tanton, Hannah Burke Cardwell, Savanna McMillion, Kinsley Stevens, Makayla Jones, Jordan Fitchett, Anne Scott McKenney, Elyse Farrell, Lexi Dean, Anna Dandridge, Aubrey Lynch, Cathryn Estes, Cassidy Lawson, Grayce Dantzler, Claire Jenkins, Jaydyn Clemmer, Lauren Tuttle, Coach Hannah Shields, Coach Sam Edge, Coach Tom Houser
Middle Row: Alexia Snavely, Emma Janney, Skylar Petty, Brooklyn Vaughn, Adrienne Harris, Lauren Shaner, Grace Warren, Faith Andrews, Catherine Reinard, Grace Whitesell, Emerson Scollo, Tomi McGinnis, Hannah Spangler, Haley Spangler, Skye Malasig, Danni Lester
Front Row: Chasity Tompkins, Lilli Clevenger, Krissy Silverman, Katherine Lake, Jensen Schram, Kendall Staunton, Elizabeth Giles, Meghan Mutter, Carmen Lester, Kennedy Clemmer, Helen Jorgenson


Our final moment together as a camp can be seen here!
Thank you Marion, the father of Adrienne, a College Expectations Camper!!


July 3, 2017
"Thanks for a great camp! My daughter enjoyed it and learned a lot!
I love watching her confidence grow!"

July 2, 2017
Coach, once again, the camp met and exceeded our expectations. Get it? :).
Our daughter continues to grow as a player and person each time she is around you and the group of coaches and assistants that are at College Expectations camp each year.
So much fun, can't wait to get back in the gym with you for lessons."

July 3, 2017
"Our daughter had a great weekend and learned a lot! She really enjoyed it! Thank you"

July 3, 2017
"This was her first choice of camps to attend.
"Your camp is so positive and gives the girls the tools they need to compete at a higher level.
You and your camp gave her a boost of confidence that she needed."

July 3, 2017
"My daughter absolutely had a great adventure at camp.
Pleasing to hear her tell me on the ride each day how she loves the coaches and each one has helped her improve aspects of her game.
I can't begin to thank you enough for all the blood sweat and tears you pour into these girls. There is a very special place for you in heaven."

July 3, 2017
"Thank you for a GREAT week! She had sooooo much fun! Coach Miller and Coach Matthews were awesome.
If you wouldn't mind and you get a chance, would you be willing to text her head coach and let her know how my daughter did and that she won an award?
It would probably mean more coming from you than from my daughter and might help her win a slot on that varsity team!"

July 3, 2017
"The camp was awesome! Thank you so much for all you do and have done to help build confidence and skill in my daughter.
I brought her to you like a crushed flower and I have seen her grow so much. You and her club coach have really saved her love for this sport!"


The Steal The Bacon Champions!
Kendall Staunton, Kennedy Clemmer, Elyse Farrell, Danni Lester, Carmen Lester and Hannah Burke Cardwell!

Here an example of how the champions defeated their opponents!

The Steal The Bacon Runner Ups!
Emma Janney, Makayla Jones, Skye Malasig, Cassie Tanton, Emerson Scollo, Lauren Tuttle!

Captains Of The Day!

Friday: Kendall Staunton, Covington High.
Saturday: Meghan Mutter, West Forsyth High.
Sunday: Carmen Lester, McMichael High.


2017 Camp Format:

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


Cost: $349!!

Maximum Campers:  Each 8 girls that we admitted were 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 2017 registration form is here!

T-Shirts!  Yes!  Again for 2017! 

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

End Of Camp Awards
We gave awesome awards again.
You can see them here!

Overnight campers:

A camper could stay two nights in a chaperoned room at the Elston Inn on the campus of Sweet Briar College.
The cost was only $40 a night.

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!"


Pictures from the 2010 - 2015 camps are on our camp Facebook page! Please visit us here.


We again used the Sweet Briar College gym in 2017. It's an incredible facility!!

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


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





2017 Court Coaches:

Blair Trail
Head Coach, Roanoke College
Blair Trail is in her 15th 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 20 years. Miller has led the Cougars to a 531-256 record,
going 255-60 in conference play and four NCAA Tournament appearances. He also has won seven conference tournament titles and ten 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

Eddie Matthews
Head Coach, Methodist College
Coach Matthews has over 20 years of college coaching experience. He has been the head volleyball coach at Methodist for 14 years, having taken over the team prior to the 2001 season. He has also been the head coach at Georgia Southern for 5 years, and an assistant coach at UNC for 5 years. You can contact him at or his office phone at (910) 630 7187.

Katey Holley
Assistant Coach,Lenoir Rhyne University
Katie is the assistant coach at Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory NC. Her LRU web page is here. She was a 4-year member of the Averett University volleyball team in Danville, Va, and just graduated in May 2016.  She is a 2012 graduate of Westover Christian in Danville, Va. She was named Danville Player Of The Year in her senior year!! She has played school ball for 6 years, club ball for 3 years. She has assisted with twenty-seven STAR camps, has been a division director eight times, and enjoys helping athletes learn the game she loves.  You can contact Katie at

List Of Camp Assistants

Allison Sparks W
Allison is a graduate of Averett University and now an elementary school teacher in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  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 a 3rd grade teacher at Brosville Elementary School near Danville, Va.  You can contact her at

ribeth Kern
Maribeth Kern spent her first two years of college playing at King University in Bristol TN, then she played one year at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Now she in on the LU Sand Volleyball Team!  She started playing volleyball for Central Academy Middle in the 7th grade. As a high school player, her James River High School team won the A state champiohship her junior year, and was named 1st team All-State. Maribeth was also named 1st Team All-Timesland in 2010 and 2011! She played 5 years of club vball with NRV Juniors. You can see Maribeth's skills tape here.  You can contact Maribeth at

Hannah Shields
Hannah has played 3 years as an OH at Averett University. Each year she has been named 1st team All-Confernece. All three years, she's been one of the top three hitters in all of NCAA D3. She has been named Conference Player Of Th Year as a sophomore and a junior. Hannah is a 2014 graduate of Dan River High School, near Danville, Va. She played 6 years of school vball and 5 years of club vball. She played on Coach Houser's team in 2012 that attended Jr Nationals in Columbus Ohio! She was named 1st team all state her senior year at Dan River. You can see an article about her college feats here! You can contact Hannah at !

Sam Edge
has completed three seasons on the volleyball team at UVa-Wise! Sam graduated from Roanoke Catholic School where she was a part of their 3-peat state division3 championship! During that season Sam was named 1st team all-conference and 2nd-team all state!!   In the past 3 summers, Sam has helped with 13 STAR camps and in the 2015 summer helped prepare the Roanoke Catholic team for their fall season! She played club vball for 5 years in Roanoke, Va.  You can reach Sam at


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 an equal playing time middle school, a rec league, a county league, or a summer league. But, if an athlete doesn't have the minimum requirements, contact us. We sometimes make special exemptions for outstanding athletes....tell us about your daughter....send us video....and we may admit her!)


The campers did a team activity on Sunday morning.
Which sign on the wall meant the most to your team? Why?

The Stinging Bees talk over their choice.
The freshmen on each team had the job of telling the entire camp what their team discussed.


June 30, 2017
"I had a great birthday at College Expectations. I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else!"

July 1, 2017
"Coach Houser- thank you so much for accepting me into College Expectations. I've felt my confidence and skills as a player grow so much in the past few days and I've learned more than I ever have from any other coach. The coaches you brought in are exceptional and I'm so glad I get to work with them. Thank you."

July 1, 2017
Coach, Thank you so much for allowing my daughter to attend College Expectations. She has nothing but good things to say about all of the coaches. And she says that she is learning new things which is what we want. And she told me that she loves the passion you have for volleyball. That you both have in common. She eats, sleeps and lives volleyball. We came out and watched the last session last night. And we will attend the tournament on Sunday. Look forward to meeting you. Thank you again!
Volleyball Mom"

July 2, 2017
"It was a great camp and thank you for having her. You are truly an asset to the game."

July 2, 2017
"Thank you for letting me come. I had so much fun and I think I really improved!"

July 2, 2017
Hi Coach Houser: Thank you so much for another wonderful camp!
My daughter had a great time, she’s tired, but in a good way.
Good luck with your remaining camps this Summer! Blessings"

July 3, 2017
"It was an AWESOME experience!! I learned so much and had an amazing time! Thank you for this weekend!"


Ten award for 44 campers. OK, winning one of these will be special.
To see the award winners, please visit this page!

Saturday's Captain Of The Day, Meghan Mutter, tells the camp what she thought of the day!


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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