Former Gonzaga University head women's volleyball coach Diane Pascua Nelson (kneeling in blue) taught Sierra Vista VBC players basic sand moves at a summer clinic earlier this month in Folsom. Photo by Jana Rossi

Sports

Sierra Vista spikes onto the volleyball scene

By From page A6 | June 21, 2017

Despite several options for girls’ volleyball clubs in the region, Placerville-based Sierra Vista Volleyball Club is the fastest growing club in the foothills for girls ages 10 to 18.

The club was formed in 2014 by Scott and Sharee Faber and they recruited their director of coaching and El Dorado Hills resident Mary-Ellen Towne, who is also the Rolling Hills Middle School girls’ volleyball coach. “There are a lot of clubs down the hill, but we wanted to develop a competitive club with a family feel in this area,” Towne said. “We treat kids with respect; we don’t bash the refs. We call the teams ‘family.’”

The club grew from one indoor team its first year, then to three teams and now has seven indoor teams. “We’re growing like crazy,” Towne said.

The Fabers, new parents to twins, both played Division I volleyball in college. “Scott was one of the country’s best indoor servers; he has no ego,” Towne said. “He’s a stud with a giant heart. He and Sharee just want to see kids play.”

Sharee played at Gonzaga University and arranged for Gonzaga’s former head women’s volleyball coach to travel to the area to give tips during a recent beach volleyball clinic.

They only added the beach volleyball program in 2016 and already 50 kids are involved in the program this summer. The beach volleyball season runs through the end of July.

Indoor tryouts will begin this fall. That season runs December through May.

Towne’s 14 and under girls’ power team ranks in the top 36 teams in Northern California out of hundreds of teams. “People come from other clubs because they say they like our style,” Towne said. “Now we’re trying to find our own facility.”

El Dorado Hills resident and mother of three Lauren Anderson explained why her family chose Sierra Vista for her 13-year-old daughter, Abby. “At the try-outs we just loved the coaches’ personalities. You can tell they genuinely love the sport and the girls,” Anderson said. “My daughter was very intimidated at first because all of her friends were in the younger age group.

“When she started she was barely able to serve,” Anderson continued. “But by Mother’s Day she served 13 in a row and eight were aces. She has grown by leaps and bounds.”

Sierra Vista Volleyball Club is a non-profit organization. For more information visit sierravistavbc.org.

Julie Samrick

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