Jade Patteri and Mary Antonovich are best friends who often play volleyball in the backyard of their homes.
Although Patteri, 11, a Burbank resident, has played competitive volleyball, Antonovich, who lives in Glendale, has never been a member of a team.
However, it was Antonovich who found out about a volleyball camp being held this week at Providence High and convinced her friend to attend.
"I told [Jade] about the camp because I know how much she likes to play volleyball," Antonovich said. "This is my first time playing like this and I'm having so much fun. I have really learned a lot about volleyball. I think we're both going to try out for a club team."
The two were among 23 young athletes who took part in a camp at Providence that began on Monday and concluded Friday. The camp, which was open to athletes in the eighth grade and younger, was run by longtime coach Mark Mina. Along with being the current head girls' coach at Immaculate Heart, Mina has also coached at Providence, Pasadena Poly and La Salle. In addition, he is also a club coach with the San Gabriel Boys Volleyball Club and Club West Pasadena.