Matadors Visit Three Area Middle Schools for 2010 Volleyball Clinics

March 24, 2010

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After a successful first year of middle school volleyball clinics in 2009, the Cal State Northridge women's volleyball team conducted three clinics at area middle schools over the last two weeks.

Various Matador players and coaches visited Canoga Park Lutheran Middle School on Mar. 9, Laurel Hall Middle School in North Hollywood on Mar. 12 and wrapped up the clinics with a return trip to Redwood Middle School in Thousand Oaks on Mar. 22. The Northridge players and staff worked with over 100 volleyball players ranging from sixth grade through eighth grade.

Similar to the 2009 season, the Matadors are planning two "Middle School Night" events this fall where students wearing their volleyball uniforms, along with three guests, will receive free admission to the match.

"The middle school clinics have a dual purpose for us," said Matador head coach Jeff Stork. "In some ways they educate the middle schools so that the players in and around the San Fernando Valley become better volleyball players. In turn, we have a better pool of athletes to choose from as they decide to play volleyball or some other sport.

"In some ways, we're trying to give back to the community and also market our volleyball program within the community," added Stork. "In the fall we have middle school nights where these schools and others will receive invitations to come to a couple of matches and support us during our season."

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