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PHCC star rides volleyball talent to University of New Hampshire

Desiree Ates, a sophomore outside hitter for the Pasco-Hernando Community College volleyball team, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the University of New Hampshire volleyball team.

Ates played for head volleyball coach Kim Whitney at PHCC over the past two seasons and helped lead the Conquistadors to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship. She was voted to the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and NJCAA All-America First Teams and was selected to the 2010 NJCAA National All-Tournament Team.

Ates posted a team-high 508 kills and added 47 service aces, 605 digs and 27 blocks. The PHCC volleyball team finished with a 36-7 record, including eight straight wins to close out the 2010 season.

Ates will play for the UNH Wildcats volleyball team that returns a depth of talent from its 2010 squad. The Wildcats will open the 2011 season at the West Virginia Mountaineer Invitational on Aug. 26-27.

"We are very proud of Des and all that she has accomplished at PHCC. Her hard work and competitive spirit were a big part of her success here," Whitney said.

CHEERLEADING: Pasco-Hernando Community College is holding tryouts for its cheerleading team at 6 p.m. May 25 in the Fitness Center (gym) at the West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road. Tryout preparation sessions will be held at 6 p.m. May 23 and May 24. Skills required for the final tryouts will be taught during the preparation period. PHCC cheerleaders promote school spirit on campus and at all home basketball games. Team members will also have the opportunity to support additional PHCC athletic programs, host fundraisers, and participate in community service projects throughout the year. Male and female PHCC students, including incoming freshmen, returning sophomores, and transfer students in good academic standing may try out. Tryout requirements and more information can be found at

MORE CHEERLEADING: BAAM Athletics, a competitive cheerleading organization, will host tryouts for the 2011-12 season, 6-8 p.m. May 9-12 at their facility in Port Richey. Tryouts are open to kids ages 6-18 and cost $20. No experience required; every athlete will make the team. Go to www.baam or call (727) 364-5010.

SUMMER CAMP: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex in Holiday will hold summer camp registration from 9 a.m. to noon May 14. The camps are for children ages 5 to 13; kids must have completed kindergarten. The cost is $55 per week, which includes lunch and field trips. For information, call (727) 934-4198 or (727) 942-7439.

KAYAK: The Salt Springs Alliance will hold a Sunset Kayak DIP, or "Designated Interpretive Paddle," event on May 15 at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park in Port Richey. The event will cost $5 and will consist of a 4-mile journey from Werner-Boyce to Durney Key to enjoy the sunset and scenery. Kayaks can be reserved at Makai Kayak by calling (727) 534-1336 as long as the reservation is made in advance of the event.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight or battery lantern and safety gear for the return trip after sunset. Reservations can be made by e-mailing or by calling (727) 816-1890. For information, visit www.salt

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PHCC star rides volleyball talent to University of New Hampshire 05/03/11 [Last modified: Friday, May 6, 2011 6:22pm]
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