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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We have seen some great local volleyball players dominate the court in recent years from Hadley Steffen to Faith Dooley to Alivia Fraase There's another up and comer that's ready to join those ranks.

Fargo South's Emily Stroup, who now will get to show her talents off on the national stage.

Watching these highlights from last season, it may be hard to believe that Emily Stroup was only a sophomore.

Emily Stroup: “I have to thank my coaches and the players. They've all made me the player I am.”

Andrea Hummel/Fargo South Head VB Coach: “Emily is definitely a high caliber player. It's sometimes hard to remember she is only going to be a junior because she is so talented.”

Talented enough to be one of only 33 girls’ nation-wide in her age group to be invited to the USA Women's Junior A1 National training camp in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Emily Stroup/Fargo South Junior: “I'm mostly excited, a little nervous because they are like the best of the best. Yeah mostly excited, it will be fun. I think it will just raise my game more and get me ready for the fall.”

This is the second straight summer Stroup will take part in a national camp, giving her another chance to play against other girls with her talent level, and to gauge where her game stands with the best volleyball players in the country.

Stroup: “Yeah it's a pretty hard camp. It's really competitive because all the girls are really good. I was a setter last year but I'm an outside this year so I think it will be more fun.”

Hummel: “It helps us a lot. She gets a lot of leadership skills and really works on different aspects of her game while she's out there surrounded by all those extremely talented athletes. She comes back and has some new excitement with working with our team.”

Stroup is the only player named to the camp from North Dakota, and only one of two girls from the tri-state region. Which gives her a chance to show what players from this part of the country can do.

Hummel: “It's rare in north Dakota so see such talented athletes like her.”

Stroup: “I just go out and play and I'm really excited for the opportunity to go and play with the top level athletes around the country.”

With another two years left in her high school career, Stroup is sure to turn even more heads.

The camp begins tomorrow down in Tulsa and wraps up on the 27th.

Tim Frie

Tim was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota and was raised in Holdingford, Minnesota. He attended Minnesota State University Moorhead and graduated in the Spring of 2011 with a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. Tim started working at WDAY in the Spring of 2010 as a part-time Newsroom Assistant. He started working full-time in the Fall of 2011 as a Photographer. He joined the sports department in early 2014. 

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