Morgan Classic clinics taking place at SC

HOLYOKE This year's Morgan Classic players and coaches' clinic will take place on Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will take place in Blake Arena at Springfield College in Springfield. The coaches clinic will be conducted by three-time Western Mass champion coach Sean MacDonald. The players' clinic will be taught by all four Morgan Classic teams George Mason University, St. Francis University in Pennsylvania, University of California San Diego and Springfield College.

Springfield College Men's Volleyball Coach Charlie Sullivan said the Morgan Classic is where "players get to learn from the best players and coaches in the country on training, team technique and strategy."

"It is always great to see an enthusiast group of volleyball players from the New England region," he said.

The players' clinic will focus on skills such as serving, passing, setting, attacking, blocking and defense. At the end their will be some wash drills and mini games. Players will be able to work individually with all four teams' players and coaches.

In the coaches' clinic will focus on the starting rotations for success, winning the deuce games, positional training and skill technique. MacDonald has been the coach at Frontier since 2003 and has won three Western Mass Championships, four League Championships and two Division III State Championships. He has also coached at the Bay States where he won two gold medals, one silver and bronze. MacDonald also coaches Junior Olympics and his team finished second out of 90 teams in the New England region.

The Morgan Classic will be played on Feb. 13 and 14. Games begin at 6 and 8 p.m. in Blake Arena at Springfield College. On Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. UC San Diego faces St. Francis University and at 8 p.m., George Mason plays Division III National Champs Springfield College. On Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. will be the consolation game and at 8 p.m. the championship match. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

For more information on the tourney and the clinics, call the Volleyball Hall of Fame at 536- 0926, or check out the official Web site at www.volleyhall.org

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