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The Central Valley is a volleyball hotbed with talented players hailing from all over the area. (KFSN)

Two universities carry the tradition of recruiting local players
The Central Valley is a volleyball hotbed with talented players hailing from all over the area. For the tenth straight season Fresno state and Fresno Pacific University met on the volleyball court. After a win on Tuesday night, Fresno State has won 3 straight in the series, FPU won the first 7 and lead the all-time series 7-3.

While the match is an exhibition, it's an opportunity for both schools to show off their programs and persuade local high school talent to continue their college career in the Central Valley, like Taylor Slover a Fresno State Middle Blocker and Tulare Union High grad.

"The better we are I think the more talent we will bring in, both ways FPU and Fresno State, so we represent so that people can stay and want to stay in the Valley."

Fresno Pacific Libero and Clovis West grad Hannah Butler agrees, "Our homegrown talent is so talented and we are able to pull so many from the players from the Valley that says a lot about the sports here. We really work hard, we train hard and we are getting college scholarships because of it."

A energetic crowd at the Save Mart Center witnessed an entertaining volleyball match. "We had 1,500 people here it's a great crowd, we love that it just draws fans, people want to see our Valley favorites kind of go at it," said Fresno State Volleyball Head Coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell.

Fresno Pacific Athletic Director Aaron Henderson thinks the annual meeting between the two universities is great for both the fans and potential recruits. "We both offer something unique at each university and so it's a chance for families to get to see what Fresno State and Fresno Pacific is doing."
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