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Former standout CCA volleyball player remains connected to program

Former standout CCA volleyball player remains connected to program

When Kalie Wood struggled early on in her Canyon Crest Academy volleyball career she went to coaches for help.

They tossed her a yoga mat.

“(CCA Volleyball coach Ariel Haas) rolled up a yoga mat and put it under my arms and said ‘You are not allowed to drop this yoga mat and you’re going to pass this ball,’ and he videotaped me at the same time,” Wood said.

The unconventional move paid off. Wood went on to be a standout libero. She now plays at Columbia University in New York City.

And she wants to give back.

She’s among several current and former CCA players who’ve remained connected to a program that many current and former players say emphasizes useful...

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