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CHS offering three-day volleyball camp
Tobler expects bigger turnout for 2017 volleyball clinic
A total of 65 girls and boys attended Ceres Highs volleyball camp last summer, including Analy Gomez (Gomez). This years clinic will be held, July 6-8, at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium. - photo by Courier file photo

A total of 65 girls and boys attended the Ceres High School Volleyball Camp last summer.

"I'm hoping we have more than 80 students come this year," said Darlene Tobler, head coach of the Bulldogs' varsity boys and girls teams. "We want to expose the sport to as many young kids as possible."

The 2017 clinic will be staged, July 6-8, at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Tobler will provide instruction with assistance from Meliesa Stiles and Aimee Gunzenhauser.

"The main purpose of the camp is teaching them fundamentals," Tobler said. "Serving. Passing. Hitting. Setting. Blocking. Offense. Defense. Teamwork. The kids have a good time every year."

Two sessions will be offered during the three-day clinic.

Thursday's and Friday's sessions for third through seventh graders will run from 3-5 p.m.

Thursday's and Friday's sessions for grades 8-12 will run from 5-7 p.m.

Saturday's session for third through seventh graders will run from 9-11 a.m.
Saturday's session for eighth through 12th will run from 12-2 p.m.

Cost is $50 per athlete.

"The kids are busy the entire time except for when we give them three-minute water breaks," Tobler said. "There's no time for them to get bored because we're constantly running quick drills and activities. Everything is scheduled."

Tobler graduated from Ceres High School in 1995.

She has coached volleyball at her alma mater for the past five years.

Tobler helped lead the Bulldogs' varsity boys volleyball team to its first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section playoff appearance this past spring.

Ceres High posted a 20-10 overall record and tied for second in the Western Athletic Conference standings (10-5) with Los Banos.

The Bulldogs also beat the crosstown-rival Hawks three times.

Ceres High's varsity girls volleyball team returned to the playoffs following a five-year absence, placed second in the WAC standings (9-6) and topped Central Valley twice last fall.

The Bulldogs won just four matches in 2015.

Sports are so important," Tobler said. "It gives students something to do with other people they haven't met."