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Former Bulldog stars in volleyball at MJC
Ceres High grad Jamie Beck had a productive first season with the Modesto Junior College women's volleyball program.

The 6-foot-2 freshman played a major role while propelling the Pirates to a 14-15 overall record and fifth-place finish in the Big-8 Conference standings. Beck earned second-team, all-league honors.

"I had a lot of fun," Jamie said. "The girls on my team were really awesome."

Beck racked up a state-leading 385 kills.

"The coaches depended on me a lot but I couldn't do it without my team," Beck said. "We worked really hard. Our main goal was to go .500. We missed it by one game."

Jamie starred at outside hitter. She played middle blocker in high school.

"That's where my coach felt I would be most effective," she said. "Everything clicked right away."

Modesto Junior College enjoyed a 14-win season thanks in large part to Beck's play at the net. The Pirates had just nine victories in 2010 and 2009.

"We improved," Beck said.

Jamie was a standout on Ceres High's varsity volleyball team for three seasons.

She won the Western Athletic Conference MVP award her senior year and led the Bulldogs to back-to-back playoff berths. Beck was named to the Valley Oak League first team as a junior and was a second-team pick in 2009. The Bulldogs won 47 matches.

"College is a lot different from high school," Jamie said. "It's a lot more competitive."

Beck will stay busy during the wintertime. She joined the Modesto JC women's hoops squad.

Jamie averaged 7.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks as the Pirates finished in fourth place with a 1-2 record at the Sierra Summit Shootout.

"I was nervous and excited at the same time," said Beck, who last played in an official basketball game her junior year at Ceres High. "I really missed the sport."