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North Salem Teen a Budding Volleyball Star

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Dasha Batista spikes the ball while playing for The Harvey School this past season. Credits: Gabe Palacio
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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-If you’re unsure of what youthful success looks like, The Harvey School freshman and North Salem resident Dasha Batista can show you.

Batista, an honor roll student since fifth grade, was selected from approximately 30,000 girls across the nation to participate in the 13-and-under USA Volleyball High Performance Future Select Camp at the gym of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas this past August.

After attracting eyes at the organization’s Boston campus tryout last March, the budding volleyball star was granted the opportunity to learn from a very supportive and competitive coaching staff at the four-day program where a total of just 35 girls in her wave made the cut.

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“All of the coaches were very encouraging and you could tell that they really wanted to help you,” Batista said. “They were pushing you a lot, but I like being pushed.”

Working the girls into shape, day one brought only one conditioning exercise after another. The second and third days were much of the same, but at least the campers practiced some in-game skills while scrimmaging each other before receiving individual guidance and evaluation.

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