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New league, same goal for Hawks
• Hawks plan to return to the volleyball postseason
Brianna Quiroz (6) and Anysia Lopez (17) have been named team captains of Central Valley’s varsity girls volleyball program for the 2018 season, along with Nayeli Ramos. - photo by Dale Butler

Central Valley’s varsity girls volleyball program had its streak of consecutive playoff appearances snapped at three seasons last fall.

The Hawks plan to return to the postseason in 2018.

"We want other teams to worry about us. We are a threat when we are working as a team and communicating.”
Coach Regina Selfridge

“A successful season always includes a better season than the last,” head coach Regina Selfridge said. “We want to make playoffs this year. We want other teams to worry about us. We are a threat when we are working as a team and communicating.” 

Central Valley’s top returning players are Brianna Quiroz (Sr.), Nayeli Ramos (Sr.), Anysia Lopez (Jr.) and Alyssa Maeyama (Sr.).

Quiroz, Lopez and Ramos are team captains.

Brianna was the Hawks’ best all-round player a year ago.

She was named to the Western Athletic Conference Second Team.

“Brianna is a quiet leader,” Selfridge said. “She leads by example and gives the team everything she has every play, and expects no less from her teammates. She also encourages her teammates. Nayeli is vocal on the court, encouraging, and has an incredible grasp on the game. Anysia is encouraging, understands the nuances of the game, and has a great rapport with her teammates.”

Central Valley’s top newcomers are Kaydee Peterman (Jr.) and Azalia Diaz (So.).

“Kaydee takes direction well, works hard and loves the sport,” Selfridge said. “Azalia is an encouraging and hardworking addition to our team. She’s incredibly intelligent on the court.”

Kimberly Camarena (Sr.), Anusha Kumar (Jr.), Jenna Novoa (Jr.), Kayla Olson (Jr.), Kayla Pimentel (Jr.) and Nereyda Tavira (Jr.) round out the Hawks’ 12-player roster.

Central Valley compiled a 7-8 record in its way to a third-place finish in the 2017 WAC standings.

The Hawks will compete in a different conference this year.

Central Valley and Patterson moved from the WAC to the Central California Conference as part of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s realignment plan.

The Hawks will battle the Tigers, Buhach Colony Thunder, Atwater Falcons, Merced Bears, Golden Valley Cougars and El Capitan Gauchos.

“I fully expect us to finish within the top 3 this season,” Selfridge said. “We just need to work on consistency from the beginning of a game to the end of a game.”