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Dia Borden a dedicated Bulldog
Dia Borden works harder than the average person.

For the second straight year, the Ceres High senior will play two sports in the same season.

"I couldn't pick one," Borden said. "I like both (cross country and volleyball) equally."

"I don't know how she does it," Bulldogs varsity volleyball head coach Stephanie Hamilton said. "Her energy rebounds very quickly. She's a beast."

Dia had a volleyball match and cross country meet on the same day on Aug. 30.

She finished third overall while leading the Bulldogs to a sweep of Central Valley (18-78) and Oakdale (18-42) at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

Borden completed the 3.1-mile course in 25:01.

The practice meet started at 4 p.m.

"Cross country is very mental," said Dia, who garnered all-league honors following her eighth-place showing at the 2011 Western Athletic Conference championships. "You can't rely on anyone else. In volleyball, you have to use your team."

The Ceres High-Grace Davis volleyball match got underway at 6:30 p.m.

Borden had five digs and one kill while playing in the back row during the Bulldogs' 25-12, 25-18, 25-17 win over the Spartans at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"I feel pumped because both teams (volleyball and cross country) did really well today," she said.

Dia spends a combined four hours a day practicing with Ceres High's volleyball and cross country programs. Borden's coaches are very supportive.

"I'm not going to make her choose," Hamilton said. "We work it out beforehand. She's a great asset to the team. I can always count on her. Her attitude is a plus. She's a solid player. She always gives 110 percent."

A model student-athlete, Borden maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.3.

Her class schedule includes AP Government and Psychology, Finite Math, English 12 and Leadership.

Borden serves as a teacher's aide for Vanessa Morris' Academic Strategies Class.

She's also a member of Ceres High's Service Club. The 'S' Club is an extension of Soroptimist International.

Dia dedicates time to providing service and help to women and children in the community.

"I'm used to it," Borden said while talking about her hectic schedule. "I do my homework during school and after practice. I can do a lot of things at once. If I'm not having two practices, it's an easy day. Sometimes I get tired, but in the end it's worth it. I enjoy it. There's nothing else I'd rather do."