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Former Hawk coach runs rec league
The Ceres Recreation Department expanded its volleyball program.

"It's a new concept," Recreation Coordinator Cambria Pollinger said. "The kids will be guaranteed fun and technical knowledge."

Pollinger found the perfect person to provide instruction during the 10-week co-ed league for students in third to eighth grade.

Volleyball aficionado/former Central Valley High School head coach Debb Causey accepted the offer.

"I just think she's a good fit for the program," Pollinger said. "Debb's been doing clinics in the city for several years and they've been quite popular. She has a lot of experience. Her technical knowledge is very strong, along with her people skills. She has a great rapport with kids."

Approximately 26 participants from Ceres, Modesto, Escalon, Ripon, Turlock, Hilmar and Cressey signed up for the inaugural season, which runs May 5-July 14 at Central Valley High School. The registration fee was $48 per student.

"We got a good group," Causey said. "They're learning all the skills. They're getting exercise. They're tired when they're done."

Each Tuesday session lasts two hours (6-8 p.m.). Causey focuses on drills, technique and rules the first hour. Games are played during the last hour.

"I'm trying to bring the best out of everyone," she said.

Causey will continue to run the city's summer volleyball camp. She wants to introduce as many children to the sport before they reach junior high.

"It's not something that is promoted in this pocket of California," Debb said. "It's going to take a couple of years to get everyone to know we're here. We would like to see it grow."

"If we start them early, they'll be better prepared," Pollinger added.