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Local girls’ volleyball team earns prestigious nod
Local girls’ volleyball team earns prestigious nod

Club comprised of Turlock, Hilmar girls invited to national tournament in Ohio

When you’re one of the top volleyball teams in Northern California, you tend to garner attention. Sometimes youeven get noticed on a national level.

That’s exactly what coach Fatima Handy andthe Sting Volleyball Club found out upon learning that the team was
awarded a bid to play in the 33rd Annual USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships to take place June 28 - July 2 in Columbus, Ohio.

Sting, a girls 12-and-under team consisting of 10 of the top players from Hilmar and Turlock, recently completed its
season with a 41-12 record, ranking second in the Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA). This ranking
translates to Stingearning‘Gold’ status as one of the top 12 teams in theNCVA.

“When only 48 teams across the nation earn an honor like this, the main emotion you feel as a coach is pride,” said Handy. “Pride for what your girls have accomplished. Pride for how they conducted themselves during the season. But mostly pride in the fact that thegirls are getting a chance to reap the benefits their hardwork.”

So what’s next for Sting? Lots of practice, according to Handy.

“We’re going to be in the gym plenty,” she says. “Come late June,we will be ready to represent our region and the state at Nationals.”

Also on the calendar for theclub is a June 8th tri-tip dinner fundraiser to take place at Turlock’s Neto’sCatering. Event proceedswill help fund travel arrangements and otheraccommodations for the trip to Ohio. Tickets are $30 each, and each meal includes sliced tri-tip, beans and bread to feed three to four people.

Source: Sting Volleyball Club