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CV, CHS talent earn volleyball league awards
Hawk teammates Ramsey, Widas first-team selections
Ellysa Widas (8) was selected to the WAC First Team, along with fellow Central Valley player Julia Ramsey. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity volleyball team elevated its level of play this fall.

Ceres High School experienced a major turnaround.

The Hawks and Bulldogs had a total of four players earn recognition in a vote by the Western Athletic Conference's head coaches this past month.

The announcement was made on Nov. 16.

Seniors Julia Ramsey (outside hitter) and Ellysa Widas (setter) were both named to the WAC First Team.

Ramsey had 204 kills, 112 digs, 35 aces and eight blocks.

Widas had 256 assists, 20 aces, seven blocks and six kills.

Central Valley senior Alyssa Costa (outside hitter/middle blocker) and Ceres High senior Jessica Arreola (libero) were both selected to the WAC Second Team.

Costa had 75 kills, 24 blocks, 22 digs and two aces.

Ramsey, Widas and Costa will graduate in June.
"I understand players come and go," Central Valley head coach Kelly Heese said. "They're going to be missed."

Central Valley improved the past three years thanks in large part to Ramsey's dominant play on the court.

The Hawks placed second (10-3), third (8-5) and fourth (5-7) in the WAC in 2015, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Central Valley secured its first-ever playoff berth last year and returned to the postseason this fall.

The Hawks had a 23-15 mark in WAC play from 2013-15.

"I was fortunate to have Julia for three years," Heese said. "She was the strongest leader out there. She loved what she was doing. She was passionate and dedicated."

The Bulldogs quadrupled their victory total from a year ago.

Arreola filled a major role as Ceres High posted a 4-8 record on its way to tying for fourth place in the WAC standings with Patterson.

Jessica led the Bulldogs in digs during three of their four wins.

Ceres High defeated Pacheco twice, and Livingston and Patterson once.

Arreola had 28 digs against Livingston.

The Bulldogs placed last in the WAC at 1-11 last year.

Ceres High amassed a 5-43 record in conference play from 2011-14.