Awards



An AthLeader's Journey: Alexa Austin's Fight to Find a Cure

The saying "a memory will last a lifetime" has a different meaning for Alexa Austin. After losing her great-grandfather to Alzheimer's disease at the age of 11, Alexa began fundraising for a cure. So far her efforts have raised over $100,000 for Alzheimer’s Tennessee. Read Alexa's journey here.

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An AthLeader's Journey: Maddie Bonifas Finds True Passion through Personal Battle

Maddie Bonifas always self-inflicted a lot of pressure to be the best version of herself possible. But when her mother passed away from stage IV breast cancer, she found herself in a very dark place. Volleyball played a life saving role in her life, and through her biggest struggle, she found joy again. Read Maddie's journey here.

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An AthLeaders Journey: Legacy's Kennedy Dolmage Realizes Her Passion to Make a Difference

Like many younger sisters, Kennedy served as her older sister's pepper partner, so it didn't take long for volleyball to become her passion. In the top tier of her class, the 2020 Ultra Ankle JVA AthLeader is driven to not only excel in school, but to make an impact on the lives of others. Here's her journey.

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2019 JVA Beach Watch List is Released

The JVA is pleased to announce the 2019 JVA Beach Watch List that recognizes the top female beach athletes from JVA member clubs across the country this season.

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S3 Volleyball Wins JVA Club of the Month

S3 Volleyball, short for Southern Select Sand Volleyball, was founded in 2014, around the same time that a massive multi-sport venue called LakePoint Sporting Community opened 35 minutes north of Atlanta. In collaboration with RallyVB out of LakePoint, the two parties agreed that working together was the best way to grow the game of beach volleyball. Learn about the journey of this growing year round beach club that earned JVA Club of the Month.

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2019 Ultra Ankle JVA All-National Teams Announced

The JVA is pleased to announce the 82 athletes selected to the 2019 Ultra Ankle® JVA All-National Team, which recognizes the top female indoor volleyball players competing for a JVA member club in the 15s-18s divisions.

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20 Student Athletes Excel as 2019 Ultra Ankle JVA AthLeaders

The JVA is pleased to announce the 20 female indoor junior volleyball athletes selected as 2019 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders. These student athletes are at the top of their class, and along with academic excellence, they exemplify outstanding volleyball performance, leadership, responsibility, and selflessness.

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Liberty Elite Volleyball Club Wins JVA Club of the Month

A club volleyball team from Washington County had not won a bid to Nationals since 2012. The area had raw talent that needed some attention and exposure, and it needed to be affordable. Three past collegiate volleyball players came together to make a change. Liberty Elite Volleyball Club was established in 2017 to give the youth more opportunities to develop volleyball skills at a very affordable cost. In a short period of time this club has made an immediate impact on the junior volleyball community through its grassroots efforts, quality of training, and affordable programming. Learn more about our winning JVA Club of the Month.

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Crossfire Volleyball Wins JVA Club of the Month

As part of Crossfire Youth Sports, Crossfire Volleyball has 31 volleyball teams and 32 AAU basketball teams during the 2019 season and employs about 90 coaches between the two sports. Founded in 2003, the organization is based in Champlin, Minnesota, employs five staff members to serve approximately 650 team members in addition to those who participate in camps and programs in the spring, summer and fall. Learn more about the JVA club of the month here.

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JVA Releases the 2019 JVA Boys Watch List

The 2019 JVA Boys Watch List features 190 boys indoor junior volleyball players from JVA member clubs across the country. The players nominated to the inaugural watch list are among the best in the nation in their age division this season.

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Richmond Volleyball Club Wins JVA Club of the Month

Richmond Volleyball Club was founded in 1981 to meet the demand for recreational volleyball in the Central Virginia area. Today, the club serves more than 1,800 adult members and over 1,000 junior players, ages 7-18. Learn more about how our JVA Club of the Month is going above and beyond to help grow and develop junior volleyball in their region.

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Top Female Athletes Honored in 2019 Ultra Ankle® JVA Watch List

The 2019 Ultra Ankle® JVA Watch List features 1,429 girls indoor junior volleyball players from 110 JVA member clubs across 30 states plus Canada. The players nominated are among the best in the nation in their age division this season.

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2019 JVA Boys Watch List

The JVA is pleased to announce the annual JVA Boys Watch List to recognize the top JVA boys athletes for outstanding achievement on the volleyball court. Boys high school volleyball is growing at a 21% rate over the last five years, and this growth is also represented in the rapid growth of boys volleyball programs among JVA member clubs nationwide. Learn more about this award and how to nominate your athletes.

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Central Jersey Volleyball Academy Wins JVA Club of the Month

Central Jersey Volleyball Academy (CJVA) was founded in 2005 out of the Somerville YMCA by Al Mottern. CJVA has grown significantly, from four teams in the first year to today, with 26 girls’ teams and 6 boys’ teams, as well as a very active youth development program across two facilities. Learn more about the JVA club of the month.

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Tstreet Volleyball Club Wins JVA Club of the Month

Tstreet's origin and name come from a popular, family-friendly beach in Southern California where the club's owner and founder, two-time Olympic gold medalist Troy Tanner, calls home. The #1 ranked club in California 3 of the last 4 years finds ways to give back to the local community, and the staff leadership care deeply about the culture they build from within. Learn more about the JVA Club of the Month.

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JVA Honors 14 Recipients of the JVA Junior Club Service Award

The JVA is pleased to honor 14 recipients of the JVA Junior Club Service Award, honoring club directors, coaches and staff for over 20 years of service to junior volleyball. This year's honorees represent an incredible array of accomplishments, and include one 40-year award winner and three 30-year award winners.

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2018 JVA Beach Watch List Announced

The JVA is pleased to announce the 2018 JVA Beach Watch List that recognizes female beach athletes from JVA member clubs as the top junior beach athletes in their division this season.

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Tamarack Beach Volleyball Club Wins JVA Club of the Month

Tamarack Beach Volleyball Club was founded in the Summer of 2013 in Carlsbad as a small year-round boutique beach club with only 4 athletes. The goal was to train the fundamentals of the game as well as high level beach volleyball skills to prepare athletes for juniors and pro tournaments as well as collegiate beach volleyball. The following year Tamarack joined the JVA and continues to work hard to represent the beach volleyball community, while also having a lot of fun! Learn more about the winning club in this feature.

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2018 Ultra Ankle JVA All-National Teams Announced

The JVA is pleased to announce the selections for the 2018 Ultra Ankle® JVA All-National Team. The award recognizes the top female indoor volleyball players competing for a JVA member club in the 15s-18s divisions. This year the JVA Awards committee has selected 78 athletes for outstanding achievement in their position this season. We are proud to announce the 2018 Ultra Ankle® JVA All-National Team.

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2018 Ultra Ankle JVA AthLeaders Announced

The JVA has selected 20 female indoor junior volleyball players who exemplify outstanding volleyball performance, academic excellence, leadership, responsibility, and selflessness as the 2018 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders.

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A4 Volley Wins JVA Club of the Month

In 2014, A4 Volley was just a vision by Club Director Joaquin Acosta and his wife Coral. In its first season, A4 launched with eight girls teams 13U-18U. The Puerto Rican native could not have predicted that in just four seasons, his club would grow to 20 teams, a Rec League with more than 200 participants, a #1 nationally ranked 18s team and ranked top 30 best clubs in the country. And that's not all... Find out more about this month's JVA Club of the Month.

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Revolution Volleyball Academy Named JVA Club of the Month

Revolution Volleyball Academy was founded in 2012 by Heather and Sean Curley, known then as Kettle Moraine Volleyball Academy. Both coaches in the Kettle Moraine, Heather and Sean noticed a need for a club in their area. After starting with seven teams the first season, Revolution has grown rapidly, and with that growth, has made an impact on the local community in more ways than one. Learn why Revolution Volleyball Academy has earned this month's JVA Club of the Month.

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Ethos Volleyball Club Named JVA Club of the Month

Ethos Volleyball Club, based in Nashville, Tennessee, was founded in 2010 with 7 teams in the first indoor season. Club Director Troy Helton started the club with the mission to keep costs low and train under a master-coaching philosophy. But the club is making a positive impact on junior volleyball in more ways than one. Learn why Ethos was selected the JVA Club of the Month.

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JVA Announces 2018 Ultra Ankle JVA Watch List

The 2018 Ultra Ankle® JVA Watch List features 1,150 girls indoor junior volleyball players from 123 JVA member clubs across 30 states plus Canada. The players nominated are among the best in the nation in their age division this season.

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The Volleyball Practice Wins JVA Club of the Month

The Volleyball Practice formally began in 2014 with a simple objective: Encourage more youth to play volleyball by offering opportunities to practice every week and by nurturing a culture of learning among participants, coaches, and parents. Now in its' fourth year, The TVP Team program trains boys teams at the U14/16/17 and 18 age divisions, each team playing a full schedule, and practicing 2-3 times each week. Learn more about our newest JVA Club of the Month.

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St. Louis Crossfire Elite Wins JVA Club of the Month

In the summer of 2013, Janiece Wieschhaus decided she wanted to put her coaching experience to use running her own club, and St. Louis Crossfire Elite was born. Find out why Crossfire has earned JVA Club of the Month.

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JVA Announces 8 Recipients of the JVA Junior Club Service Award

The growth of our sport, along with the consistent success of the JVA would not exist without the dedication and loyalty of the coaches, club directors and administrators of JVA member clubs. This year the JVA is honoring 8 individuals from JVA member clubs with the JVA Junior Club Service Award for their service to junior volleyball for over 20 years.

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JVA Announces 2018 Beach Sponsor Clubs

The JVA is proud to announce the five beach clubs named 2018 JVA Sponsor Clubs. In it's third consecutive year of the JVA Sponsorship Program, these five beach clubs join the 59 indoor clubs to set a new record for JVA Sponsor Clubs. As a member driven and member centered organization, the JVA is giving $200,000 back to the JVA Sponsor Clubs this season.

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JVA Announces 2018 JVA Sponsor Clubs

The JVA is proud to announce that in it's third consecutive year of the JVA Sponsorship Program, a record 59 indoor clubs are named JVA Sponsor Clubs. As a member driven and member centered organization, the JVA is giving $200,000 back to the JVA Sponsor Clubs this season.

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JVA Announces 2017 JVA Beach Watch List

The JVA is excited to announce the 2017 JVA Beach Watch List that recognizes JVA beach players who are among the best in their age division this juniors beach season.

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WAVE Volleyball Club Wins JVA Club of the Month

WAVE Volleyball Club formed in 2000 and began with only two teams. The teams trained out of the Encinitas YMCA. In 2012, Club Director Brennan Dean and his wife and co-Director Kristen Dean bought the club it was up to 22 indoor teams. Today, WAVE supports more than 700 athletes annually with 50 coaches who share years of competitive experience to train 38 indoor teams plus a beach program and an agility and strength program.

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2017 Ultra Ankle JVA All-National Team Announced

To coincide with the game changing year reaching nearly 1,000 member clubs and establishing 3 new events, one of which is the first JVA hosted event on the west coast, the JVA is proud to announce the most decorated Ultra Ankle® JVA All-National Team to date. The JVA Awards Committee has selected 80 female student athletes from JVA members clubs across the country to represent the top JVA member club players in the 15s-18s age divisions.

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JVA Announces 2017 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders

The JVA has selected 20 girls indoor junior volleyball players who exemplify outstanding volleyball performance, academic excellence, leadership, responsibility, and selflessness to be honored as the 2017 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders.

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Top Flight Volleyball Club Wins JVA Club of the Month

Top Flight Volleyball Club was founded in 2008 by Sean and Cindy Gritzman. What began as a small club utilizing gyms in schools and park districts quickly grew under their leadership. Top Flight leased their first 6 court volleyball facility in 2011 and continued its steady growth. With the philosophy of training athletes in an intense controlled environment, Top Flight strives to be one of the top competitors in the volleyball community.

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JVA is Accepting Nominations for 2017 JVA AthLeader Award

The 2017 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeader Award selects 20 girls indoor junior volleyball players who exemplify outstanding volleyball performance, academic excellence, leadership, responsibility, and selflessness.

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JVA to Recognize Players on the 2017 JVA Beach Watch List

The JVA is excited to announce that nominations for the JVA Beach Watch List will open on April 17th. The JVA Beach Watch List recognizes JVA beach players who are expected to be among the best in their age division this juniors beach season. New this year are additional perks from NVL Rize and SandRecruits for players selected to the JVA Beach Watch List.

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Munciana Wins JVA Club of the Month

The Munciana Volleyball Club, formed in 1974 and is the longest running club in the country. Today, Munciana is one of the Elite Junior Volleyball Clubs in America, rich in tradition, culture and success. We are proud to honor Munciana Volleyball Club as this month's JVA Club of the Month.

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2017 Ultra Ankle JVA Watch List

The 2017 Ultra Ankle® JVA Watch List features over 830 girls indoor junior volleyball players from over 100 JVA member clubs across the country. The players nominated are recognized for outstanding achievement on the volleyball court during the juniors club season.

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Empowered Volleyball Academy Wins JVA Club of the Month

Empowered Volleyball Academy grew from a man's passion to grow and increase the level of the game throughout the Midwest. Upon arriving home from an overseas professional indoor season, Founder William Robbins and his wife Ashlee Robbins, revolutionized the local market by implementing the areas' first ever volleyball specific sports performance program, and a hybrid program of beach, indoor training and character building. We are proud to honor Empowered Volleyball Academy as this month's JVA Club of the Month.

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Academy Volleyball Cleveland Wins JVA Club of the Month

Academy Volleyball Cleveland was founded in 2006 as a small regional club but grew rapidly to the largest club in the Ohio Valley Region as volleyball popularity and demand for better play grew in the Greater Cleveland area. AVC has competed in 5 national title matches winning one National Championship in 2015. AVC's focus on continuously building a culture of discipline, consistency, and best volleyball coaching practices, plus their alignment with the goals of the JVA has earned the club the honor of winning JVA Club of the Month.

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Ultra Ankle Named Title Sponsor of JVA Player Awards

JVA is pleased to announce the renewal of its partnership with Ultra Ankle®, the new title sponsor of the JVA Watch List, JVA All-National Team, and JVA AthLeader Awards.

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JVA Honors 11 Recipients with JVA Junior Club Service Award

The growth of our sport, along with the consistent success of the JVA would not exist without the dedication and loyalty of the coaches, club directors and administrators of JVA member clubs. The JVA is proud to announce the 11 individuals honored with the Junior Club Service Award for serving junior volleyball for at least 20 years.

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2017 JVA Sponsor Clubs Announced

From it's inception in 2006, the JVA has always been a member driven association focused on the prosperity of its members, along with the goal of unifying clubs. Without the support and success of our members, the JVA would not be where we are today, a thriving association about to reach 900 clubs nationwide, doubling the number of JVA run events, and growing our education and resources exponentially. The JVA Sponsorship Program is our way of saying "thank you" for the support, and for the third year in a row the JVA is giving a substantial amount of money back to our members. With that, we are honored to announce the 2017 JVA Sponsor Clubs.

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2016 JVA Beach Watch List

As the historical season for the JVA concludes, we are excited to honor 114 female junior beach volleyball players from across the country on the 2016 JVA Beach Watch List. This award recognizes the top female junior beach volleyball players from JVA member clubs in the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 graduating class who competed in the 16U and 18U divisions.

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A Year in Review

As we approach the end of the 2015-2016 junior volleyball season, we are happy to report that this has been another year of growth and innovation for the JVA. Similar to any team, our organization set measurable goals last summer and have met each of those goals. Here is a year in review of the JVA, including the JVA Mid-Year Report and details of what we've accomplished this season.

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2016 JVA All-National Teams

This has been a historical year for the JVA. Surpassing 800 clubs and 2,000 members, the growth is not only evident in the number of clubs, but also the level of talent among JVA teams. 'Championship Day' during JVA hosted events has featured epic battles among every division, which increases anticipation of what's to come at the 2016 AAU National Championships in less than 2 weeks. Among those clubs who supported JVA events this season, we've selected the 2016 JVA All-National Teams, comprised of the top 75 players in the country graduating in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. See who was named the best in the nation.

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K2 Volleyball Wins JVA Club of the Month

K2 originates its name after the second highest mountain in the world. The mountain is 28,251 ft above sea level and is located on the China-Pakistan border. K2 Volleyball (Louisville, TN) Club Director Christine Hames is originally from Australia and set on the Indoor Australian National Team in 1993-94. She is also a former FIVB Beach Volleyball Tour player who represented Australia on the world tour. Together, Jason and Christine Hames both serve as the directors of K2 Volleyball since it's formation in 2009, and have 3 children who play for the club: Nicklin Hames a 2018 Nebraska Commit sets 18 JOTA, Kayleigh Hames is an OH for 15 Cory, and Eli Hames sets for 12 Cory. In a short period of time this JVA member club has made a name for itself not only in the Southern Region, but nationally as well.

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2016 JVA AthLeaders Announced

Congratulations to the 20 student-athletes awarded as the 2016 JVA AthLeaders for outstanding academic achievement and leadership, as well as involvement in extra-curricular activities and community service.

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Adrenaline Volleyball Academy Wins JVA Club of the Month

Adrenaline Volleyball Academy is only in its second year of existence, but the club is already making a statement on the regional and national level. The club hosts 7 National Teams consisting of 70 players, 5 Regional Teams consisting of 50 players, a youth program and mutiple events at Northwestern Mutual Iowa Sports Academy in Hiawatha, Iowa. In only 2 years, Adrenaline Volleyball has achieved what takes most clubs a decade to accomplish.

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The Academy Wins JVA Club of the Month

The Academy name originates from the club's tireless dedication to teaching the physical and mental skills needed to play volleyball at the highest possible level. The club motto is Train Your Game, encouraging players and coaches to focus on being technically sound and give full effort in their pursuit of development, not just winning.

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Announcing the 2016 JVA Watch List

The 2016 JVA Watch List features nearly 700 girls indoor junior volleyball players from over 80 JVA member clubs across the country. The players nominated are being recognized for outstanding achievement on the volleyball court during the juniors club season. All players nominated will be eligible for selection to the JVA All-National Team in June.

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Summit Volleyball Wins JVA Club of the Month

The name Summit Volleyball is derived from two different meanings. A summit is the highest attainable point, which is what the Summit program reaches towards every day. Secondly, the club is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, whose nickname is the “Summit City” because when the Wabash and Erie Canal were built here, it was the highest point above sea level along the entire canal. Trish and Allie Miller, Summit’s two JVA Club Directors, are a mother and daughter coaching duo who had a vision of building an elite volleyball club in the Fort Wayne area.

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Beach Elite Wins JVA Club of the Month

Virginia Beach Volleyball Academy (Virginia Beach, VA) was founded 10 years ago this year. 6 years ago Beach Elite became the juniors program name and over the past few years this club has found ways to introduce the indoor and beach game to play of all levels. In addition, the club has found unique ways to bring value to the training their players receive. Find out why Beach Elite has earned our vote for JVA Club of the Month.

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Announcing the 2016 JVA Sponsor Clubs

You may notice a lot of JVA logos on the jerseys of your opponents this season. That was the case at the 2015 AAU National Volleyball Championships. For the second year in a row, the Junior Volleyball Association is giving over $200,000 back to its member clubs through the JVA Sponsorship Program. 46 JVA member clubs from around the country received a check from JVA and in return, agreed to promote JVA on their uniforms, their webpage and in their facility. We appreciate their support of the JVA and it’s mission.

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