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Bowman working toward playing at next level

Folsom High senior keeps busy during summer
By: Matt Long
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Drew Bowman has a goal of playing volleyball in college and he’s doing whatever he can to get his name out there. The Folsom High senior has spent his summer playing volleyball as much as possible, including participating in tournaments in Atlanta, Ga. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “I want to keep getting better,” Bowman said. “I’d like to play in college so I just keep putting myself out there and hopefully I’ll get noticed.” Bowman, 17, is a setter on Folsom High’s varsity team and was the squad’s most valuable player last spring and the previous year earned the same award for the school’s junior varsity team. At 6-foot, 3-inches tall, he’s taller than most setters in high school, but loves the position. “When I was a freshman I wasn’t sure where I was going to play, but one of my teammates told the coach that I was a good setter,” Bowman said. “It’s really fun because I like running the game and telling my teammates what to do.” Ironically, he spent a lot of the summer hitting as much as possible, just because it’s fun, he said. Bowman’s Northern California Volleyball Club team qualified for the Junior Olympics and attended the national tournament Atlanta in early July. Prior to that the team played in a qualifying tournament in Anaheim. At the Junior Olympics, Bowman and his teammates placed 17th out of 56 teams, while facing teams from all over the country. Upon arriving home from Georgia, Bowman didn’t have much of a break as a few days later he headed to Florida for a USA Volleyball High Performance Tournament held in late July. He capped off the month by participating in the University of Pacific Extreme Boys Volleyball Camp in Stockton for the third straight summer. “I love the school; it’s a really nice atmosphere down there,” Bowman said. “There’s about 70 or 80 kids at the camp and it’s run by the Pacific volleyball program.” Now that school has started and summer break is over, Bowman will continue to look for colleges with the hopes of extending his volleyball career after his senior year.