Huskies’ Rodrick selected for USA Volleyball development camp
Like a number of other girls her age, Crystin Rodrick is going to camp this summer. Rodrick won’t be doing any singing around the camp fire or roasting any s’mores during her week away from home, though. In April, the Battle Mountain sophomore was selected by USA Volleyball officials for one of four national developmental camps being held this summer.
“A lot of times we just go and try out and nobody makes it,” Rodrick said about this year’s USA Volleyball tryouts in Denver, to which she went with four members of her club volleyball team. “You just do it for experience. I wasn’t expecting to make the team at all. I guess they noticed me. They notified me at the end of May.” Rodrick will be heading to Tampa, Fla., on July 3 for four days of intensive volleyball practice and competition with other elite high school players from around the country. She will be coached by versed volleyball professionals and will only take breaks from practice or games to eat, shower, ice and sleep.She will not be spending any time on the beach.”I wish I could,” Rodrick said jokingly. “I don’t think there’s going to be any time for that. Besides, afterwards, you’re always sore and you want to get your rest.”
The 5-foot-7 setter and right-side hitter is thrilled about the opportunity to compete with and against some of the best U.S. high school players. She’s also open to playing at defensive specialist – a situational position – since she will be one of the smallest players attending the camp.”Hopefully I’ll be able to bring it up a few levels,” she said. “I think they’re putting me as the libero (defensive specialist), because I’m so short compared to everybody else.””I think it’s going to be a great experience. Usually, when you’re playing with people that are more experienced, the game is more upbeat. You want to play better because everybody else wants to play better.”The developmental camp is just one of many volleyball engagements that Rodrick has penciled in for July. She will be headed to Austin, Texas, four days after getting back to Colorado for a national club tournament with her Rocky Mountain Region High Performance club team.
Along with practice and a full club-team schedule, the easy-going 15 year old will be spending a lot of time in gyms this summer, instead of at the pool. But, she said, she prefers it that way.”I think it’s going to be volleyball all summer,” Rodrick said. “I’m very excited. I was a big basketball person until my sister (Candyce) convinced me to play volleyball. She inspired me in a lot of it. Now, I love volleyball.”Contact Nate Peterson at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org