South Mississippi MATRIX Volleyball: Bump! Set! Spike!
Volleyball has changed and grown since its early beginnings in 1895. It was invented by William G. Morgan, physical director of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Massachusetts and was designed as an indoor sport for businessmen who found the new game of basketball too vigorous.
Volleyball has recently seen a “spike” in interest globally. It’s become very popular at the high school, club and college levels. Volleyball strengthens the upper body, arms, shoulders, thighs, abdominals and lower legs. In addition, volleyball improves hand-eye coordination, reflexes and balance. Last but not least, volleyball teaches teamwork and communication and is a great social activity.
Volleyball is also growing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Mississippi MATRIX Volleyball is a volleyball club that provides an opportunity for young players (elementary through high school age) to further their training through instruction from qualified coaches in practice and competition in tournaments. It is also a place for kids to find a support system outside the home to help them reach their goals on and off the court.
Matrix Volleyball has the top coaches in south Mississippi, and uses the Gold-Medal Squared System to teach proven fundamental volleyball skills (the GMS System is used by some of the top programs in the country, as well as by the US National Volleyball Team and the US Olympic Team).
Samantha Uline is a sports performance coach and volleyball coach at Mississippi Matrix.
“I love coaching volleyball,” Uline said, “because it keeps me around the sport that I absolutely love more than anything. Volleyball gave me countless opportunities over the years and taught me so many life lessons.”
“Coaching volleyball here on the Gulf Coast puts me in a position to give these athletes the same opportunities and life lessons I learned,” she continued. “It teaches these young women how to overcome adversity, responsibility, commitment and self-discipline. Nothing compares to coaching this sport and helping these young ladies grow into something they can be proud of.”
Olivia (age 13), from Ocean Springs, has been taking private lessons with Coach Uline.
“Working with Coach Uline makes me a stronger, more competitive player,” she said. “I’m understanding the game more and working on skills like serving.”
Mississippi MATRIX Volleyball offers multiple levels of competition:
This program involves tryouts, weekly practices and weekend tournaments.
Non-travel Training Academy
This program is for student athletes that may not be able to manage a travel schedule, or need to work on enhancing their volleyball skills and fundamentals.
Fall Training Program
This program is intended for young athletes who are not involved in school volleyball. This program teaches them the skills and fundamentals of volleyball at a young age.
This beginner program is for ages seven to 10. Athletes will play in some grassroots tournaments.
Summer Camps and Clinics
For tryout information and team types/pricing information, visit Mississippimatrix.com.
Ashley Karcher is a freelance writer living in Ocean Springs with her husband, four children and two dogs.