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Morris, WAVE president, excited about adding boys' program

By Rudy Coggins
Published in Sports on November 4, 2012 1:53 AM

Deanna Morris hopes a successful informational meeting about adding a boys' program to the Wayne Area Volleyball Enthusiasts organization is a sign of things to come.

A solid number of interested parents and boys attended the recent gathering and left Morris gushing ... well ... with enthusiasm about expanding WAVE. The non-profit Junior Olympic organization is part of the national volleyball program administered by the USA Volleyball Association.

"It reminded me of when WAVE started in 2004 -- pioneering club volleyball to Wayne County," said Morris, president of WAVE and current head varsity volleyball coach at Spring Creek.

"We have worked hard to provide for over 500 young ladies opportunities to get touches on the ball and help them shine in their (respective) middle and high school experience. (We've) helped several play at the next level and helped coaches gain experience to coach on the college level."

Morris also announced Mickey Davis will join the organization's board.

Davis currently serves as the athletics director for the Wilson County Youth Athletic Association. The Association has benefited more than 3,400 youth in Wilson County and served as the host organization for nine Babe Ruth World Series, 25 state tournaments and 11 Southeast Regionals.

"Having Mickey join our leadership where we are helping reach out to youth associations grow the sport of competitive volleyball is good news for club volleyball in our area," Morris said.

WAVE plans to dedicate itself to the growth of volleyball in Wayne and Wilson counties as well as surrounding areas. Coaches will strive to develop players 18 and under, and help them reach the peak of their ability.

Morris said WAVE will introduce technology into its program this season. Coaches can use video to hone players' skills and also provide game clips for college recruiting purposes.

The club season, which runs from late November to July, has long been considered a supplemental place for girls and boys to gain experience in preparation for their upcoming high school seasons. It has become a necessity to stay competitive on the high school scene nationwide.

A 2009 survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations concluded volleyball is the third-highest sport for female participation at the high school level behind basketball and outdoor track and field.

Morris eagerly anticipates starting the club season.

"I feel that it is imperative that we reassure the community that WAVE is still here and stable," she said. "We are committed to providing the most affordable, educational and positive experience possible with competitive volleyball with knowledgeable, caring coaches."