PWHS Volleyball camp nearly doubles in size over five years
Young girl ready to hit volleyball that is a few feet above her head


Seventy-five girls from grade four through grade eight worked on their volleyball skills with help from members of the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Girls Volleyball team and their Head Coach Seely Byler.

"It's fun, because I get to be with my friends and play volleyball," said camper Ava Sadowski.

"When we did this first camp five years ago, we only had about 30-40 kids, and now we have a lot more excitement," said Coach Byler. "Being able to start them young is really important. It's just so exciting to spread this sport in Colonial."

The campers worked in small groups to improve their ball handling skills and later used what they learned in games.

"The biggest challenge is knowing how to master all of the drills, because some of them are complicated," said camper Christina Cortese. "Figuring out how to do them right is hard."

"My favorite part is setting, because it's fun," said camper Sarah Scally. "You can learn people's names and set it to new people." 

Six women standing in front of many girls sitting on gym floor


In addition to developing volleyball skills, the girls also worked on teamwork and sharing their love of the sport — which are some of the key factors that bring the older girls back to help with the camp.

"PW Volleyball was such a great experience for me," said Sydney Meilillo, a 2019 graduate. "It was like a family, and we were really successful. So I'm looking forward to working with the kids, but I also wanted to come see my old teammates." 

The PWHS Girls Volleyball team finished 19-4 in the fall and took home a share of the 2018-2019 Suburban One League American Conference champion title.

There are two sports camps left this summer. The PWHS Boys Basketball Team is hosting a week of co-ed basketball camp July 22-26 (click here for more information), and the PWHS Cheerleaders are hosting a two-day camp on August 8-9 (click here for more information).