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Jessica Schnell (center) receives the Top C.A.T. award from coaches Melanie Lane, head coach of Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, IA, and Rachel Pekarek, defensive specialist at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Submitted Photo

Volleyball: WF's Schnell takes top honor at S.P.I.K.E. Camp

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Jessica Schnell of West Fargo, was presented with the Top C.A.T. Award on her hitting court of the S.P.I.K.E. Performance Camp held in late June at the National Volleyball Center in Rochester, Minn. The award goes to athletes who exhibit the best combination of Communication, Attitude, and Technical (C.A.T.) skills, and is awarded at the sole discretion of the camp coaches.

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"This is a physically demanding and mentally challenging camp. The coaches take this award very seriously," camp director Vic Spadaccini said. "Jessica was competing with athletes from around the world. She made a strong impression on the coaches the very first morning. She earned the award with her hard work, excellent court communication skills, great attitude, and good technical skills. All the coaches would like to see her back next year to defend her title."

Jessica is the daughter of Tonya Schnell Milbrandt of West Fargo.

S.P.I.K.E. Performance Camps is one of the premier girls volleyball camps in the Midwest. Athletes from Japan, Kenya, Belgium and other countries have attended. Among the 19 coaches from around the country who worked the camp, six are collegiate head coaches and two are collegiate assistant coaches. Former professional players, collegiate players, or high school coaches assist the Court Head Coaches. For more information, visit www.spikecamps.com.

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