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Mildred High School volleyball coach Lawayne Siegert poses with volleyball players from the third through sixth grade who participated in the first Mildred elementary volleyball camp, which is being held this week. Siegert hopes to build a strong grass roots program.

MILDRED — Lawayne Siegert has already made an bug impact on Mildred’s volleyball program.

He took over the high school program last year and the Lady Eagles played the best version of volleyball in the school’s history as they turned the program around and marched into the playoffs for the first time in six years.

Siegert believes last year’s turn-around season is just the beginning and his goal is to build a real grass roots program that teaches volleyball skills at an early age and fuels not only talent but desire.

Every serious volleyball program in Texas believes in building the program from the early years.

That’s one reason Siegert held the first Mildred Elementary volleyball camp this week.

“We had 18 girls show up for the first-ever elementary volleyball camp,” said Siegert, who was delighted with the strong turnout. “The girls learned the basic fundamentals of volleyball with a competitive side the final two days of the camp.”

Siegert it’s essential to any program to teach the sport at an early age, not only from the learning aspect of the sport, but it also helps the younger kids to understand and appreciate volleyball and gives them a chance to really love the sport.

“The earlier I can get these students in volleyball, the sooner they can develop a love for the game.”