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CV girls enjoys successful start to volleyball season
Ceres Highs varsity volleyball team compiled a 1-4 record during the preseason. The Bulldogs lost 3-1 to Downey and 3-0 to Hughson this past week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's volleyball team added two more victories to its win column.

The Hawks bested Beyer and Johansen in non-league play last week.

The Patriots and Vikings are both members of the Modesto Metro Conference.

"Both matches were competitive," Central Valley third-year head coach Kelly Heese said.

The Hawks topped the Patriots 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 25-21 on Thursday in Ceres.

"We did not play to our potential and we still beat them," Heese said.

Host Central Valley defeated Johansen 23-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18 on Sept. 8.

"Johansen is scrappy," Heese said. "They're young. They're building a pretty good program over there."

Excluding tournament play, Central Valley compiled a 5-0 record during the preseason.

"I'm pleasantly surprised," Heese said. "The girls work hard for me. It's a respect factor. If we can keep up the intensity and communication on the court, we're unstoppable."

Central Valley accomplished several firsts last year when it qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs and compiled a winning record.

The Hawks placed third in the Western Athletic Conference standings (8-5).

Central Valley finished in fourth place in the WAC (5-7) and just missed advancing to the postseason during Heese's first year as head coach.

The Hawks (2-10) tied for last place in conference play with crosstown-rival Ceres High in 2012-13.

"I coached for 12 years at Modesto High and not one time did I want to be the head coach," Heese said. "I didn't have faith in myself. Coming to this school has taught me a lot. Everything doesn't have to been quite intense. This is where I'm supposed to be. I've never felt more comfortable. God opened a window of opportunity for me."