Commissioners: Adult Indoor & Sitting - John Kessel, (719) 228-6800, email@example.com
Beach & Grass - Andy Pai, firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Indoor - Mike Martin, email@example.com
Competition Sites: Beach Volleyball - BOODAD's Beach House Grill, 5910 Omaha Blvd., Colorado Springs
Grass Volleyball - Colorado College, Armstrong Quad, 14 E. Cache La Poudre, Colorado Springs
Indoor & Sitting Volleyball - Big House, 2660 Vickers, Colorado Springs
Youth Indoor - Tri-Lakes YMCA, 17250 Jackson Creek Parkway, Monument
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Competition Date: Grass - Sunday, July 21
Beach - Saturday, July 27
Youth Indoor - Saturday, July 27
Indoor & Sitting - Sunday, July 28
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The 2013 Visit Omaha NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship is coming to the Ralston Arena in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 16-21! This is your chance to watch the 2012 silver medalist U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team in action! Discounted tickets are available for USA Volleyball Members for one week only! Discount applies to all session ticket packages.
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Karch Kiraly Named U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach
2012 USA Volleyball George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball: Donna Wigton
Donna Wigton has held volleyball leadership roles for over four decades under four last names.
After a high school physical education class that taught ‘power’ volleyball, Donna Friesen went on to play four years at UNC Greensboro and would later be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
During her playing career, Donna earned her state DGWS rating in 1972 and has refereed college every fall since. She became head volleyball coach at UNC Charlotte in 1976, then left a great job to get married. Donna Lindsey later got involved with the Southern Region, becoming a regional referee and scorer, playing indoors and triples outdoors, teaching and coaching high school girls, and even a junior boys’ team with students at her school.
Donna became a National Scorer in 1983, missed the 1984 Nationals going through a divorce, but has worked every Nationals since 1985. She would move to Colorado, where she became active in the Rocky Mountain Region officiating and served on the board. With the help of two mentors, Donna founded Volley Novelties in 1988, selling gifts and trinkets at several AVCA and P.E. conventions.
Donna Wilson also volunteered many times – like calling lines at the 1986 Olympic Festival and a NORCECA tournament, and scoring several scrimmages. She became qualified on the international sheet in 1986 and scored her first tour match in Colorado Springs followed by the 1987 Olympic Festival. Donna was a scorer at the 1991 International Military championships and at the 1995 World University Games.
Donna held a National PAVO rating from 1988 to 1996, working the NAIA Championships in 1991 and 1993 and the National Invitational Championships in 1995. She earned her USAV National Patch in 1990 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Award in 1996.
Single again in 1994, she worked more tournaments, like the Davis Festival. In August 1995, she earned her USA/International Scorer patch at the Centennial Cup in Atlanta then worked tour matches in Albuquerque and El Paso.
The highlight of her career came when she was invited to work the 1996 Olympic Games and made more friends, getting a handshake from Endré Holvay, then president of the FIVB Refereeing Commission. She also got a visit from Doug Wigton, whom she met that March, and who would change her life. Three years of dating and lots of volleyball matches later, she became Donna Wigton in 1999.
She kept volunteering, like at national events and the Officials Assembly meetings, and contributed to the scorer’s commission as a rater at Nationals and the 2006 certification clinic as well as scoring World League matches.
Donna became the fourth Director of International Scorers in 2008, assigning and working more International tournaments. In the last two years, she was especially inspired by the exceptional athletes at WOVD Sitting tournaments, and was challenged by the advent of the E-scoresheet.
2012 USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach - Jim Stone
Jim Stone has mentored many athletes during his coaching career, and retiring has not stopped him from doing what he loves best.
Since retiring as head women’s volleyball coach at The Ohio State University in 2007, Jim has been busy within the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline serving as head coach of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team the past four years. He served as the head coach for the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team earning a ninth-place finish at the 2011 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship and the gold medal at the 2010 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship. He served as the head coach for the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team at the 2010 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships leading to a gold medal in the Women’s International Junior Division. Only a few days later, he switched hats and served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team during its gold-medal performance at the FIVB World Grand Prix.
Jim also guided the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team to the gold medal at the 2008 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship. At the 2009 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship, he was the head coach of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that finished 12th in the tournament.
Jim served as the women’s volleyball head coach at Ohio State University for 26 years. Over his final 19 years with the Buckeye program, he established Ohio State as an annual Top 25 team. During that period, OSU had an overall record of 394-149 (.726) and a Big Ten Conference mark of 241-135 (.641). He won the Big Ten Conference championship three times, finishing second five times. The Buckeyes participated in 15 NCAA Tournaments, advancing to the NCAA Championship semifinals in 1991 and 1994. His 26-year career record with Ohio State is 531-294.
Jim has been part of U.S. coaching staffs in each of the last three decades. He coached the men’s team which represented the South at the 1981 National Sports Festival at Syracuse, N.Y. In 1985, he coached the USA Junior National Team, which toured China and Japan. He served as coach of the East women in the 1986 Olympic Sports Festival. Additionally, Jim was selected to coach the men’s East team at the 1990 Olympic Sports Festival. In the summer of 1993, he was an assistant coach to the United States National “B” team that trained in San Diego and then played in Germany. In July of 1999, Stone was the head coach for the World University Games team, held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
During his collegiate career, Jim has coached 60 all-conference players, 15 Olympic Sports Festival participants, 37 all-region selections and 22 All-Americans. Four players have played for the Canadian and two for the United States National teams.
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Decker/De Falco Win USA Volleyball Beach High Performance Championships at Hermosa
July 17, 2011 – Hermosa Beach, CA
Fifteen year old Parker resident Mitch Decker and partner TJ De Falco of San Diego, CA won the gold medal and were named national champions in the Boys U17 division at the USA Volleyball Beach High Performance (HP) Championships in Hermosa Beach, CA.
The two were paired by USA Volleyball for this competition and had not previously played together but the combination proved to be a lethal force on the sand going undefeated in the three day event and sweeping the competition 2-0 in the semifinal and final to clinch the championship gold medal.
This was the first major beach competition for Mitch. “I was a little nervous going to a California competition thinking about playing against guys who play a lot of beach [volleyball]. But the preparation with my beach coach Vince Robbins paid off. My partner TJ and I had never met before this event but we have very complementary skills and it came down to fundamental ball control in the windy hot conditions that gave us the edge” said Decker.
The event drew top names from across the country including members of the indoor and beach national teams and was organized into five age divisions.
About the experience, Decker said “It was great to not only play at Hermosa but also to watch and learn from some of the older teams that are working towards a place on future Olympic teams. I have a better idea about what I’ll need to do to get to that level.”
Decker has played competitive indoor volleyball since he was nine years old. Last year he was the setter for the Front Range Volleyball Club’s 14 year old boys team that won a bronze medal at the USA Volleyball Indoor Junior National Championships. Since then, he entered high school and helped the Regis Jesuit Raider win their second consecutive state championship playing at the outside hitter position. At the 2011 Junior Nationals in early July, his Front Range 16s took 5th place.
All told, it has been a phenomenal year for Mitch. In addition to his beach gold, he was named High School All State, was named to the Mens’ Division II Regional All Star Team, and was named All Tournament at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships and his team took 5th place at Junior Nationals.
“When I started playing, there was almost no boys volleyball in Colorado. This year my club, Front Range, had three teams in the top ten [club division] at Junior Nationals. I see the younger kids coming up behind me and I’m proud that I’m a part of helping to grow the sport.”
Back from Hermosa, he has three days to do laundry and play with his dogs before he heads to Tucson, Arizona with team mates from his Front Range 16s team Connor Stewart (Parker) and Jack Carlson and Regis Jesuit team mate Michael Courtois, also from Parker for the USA Volleyball High Performance Indoor Championships. All of these boys play indoor volleyball for Front Range Volleyball Club.
When asked whether he likes beach or indoor volleyball better, he responds by saying “I love both formats and one makes you stronger in the other; they are very complimentary. I don’t think I’ll have to choose between them.”
He could be right. Recently the NCAA added Sand Volleyball to their sanctioned sports for girls. Some circles are reporting the mens collegiate sand volleyball may be just around the corner. “That would be a welcome development” said Mitch’s father and coach Bruce Decker. “Title IX has really hurt mens volleyball. I hope one day we’ll be at a place where we no longer feel that we have to deprive opportunities to boys to ensure opportunities for girls.”
USAV Names 2011 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 5, 2011) – USA Volleyball is proud to announce its 12-player U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team roster for the upcoming 2011 FIVB Girls’ Youth (U-18) World Championship that will take place Aug. 12-21 in Turkey.
Middle blockers selected for the team are Alexis Austin (Houston, Thunder Volleyball/Lone Star Region), Janae Hall (Centennial, Colo., Front Range/Rocky Mountain Region), Molly McCage (Spring, Texas, Woodlands Wave/Lone Star Region) and Amber Rolfzen (Papillion, Neb., Nebraska Juniors/Great Plains Region). Setters are Lauren Carlini (Aurora, Ill., Sports Performance) and.Nicole Edelman (Boulder, Colo., Front Range/Rocky Mountain).
Selected as outside hitters are Jordan Burgess (Tampa, Fla., Tampa Bay Juniors/Florida Region), Paulina Prieto (Miami, Boomers Volleyball Club/Florida Region) and Kadie Rolfzen (Papillion, Neb., Nebraska Juniors/Great Plains Region). The two opposites are Andie Malloy (Allen, Texas, Skyline Juniors/North Texas Region) and Nicole Dalton (Boulder, Colo., Front Range/Rocky Mountain Region). The libero is Allison Palmer (Laguna Beach, Calif., Laguna Beach Volleyball Club/Southern California Region).
“It is a pretty athletic group,” said U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team Head Coach Jim Stone in reference to its strengths heading into this summer’s competition in Turkey. “However, they still need to learn the whole game – hit, pass, serve and dig – as the international game has limited subs. That part has to work out in a short period of training time. We have good athletes and I was impressed with their work ethic this weekend, so I think they will be fine and ready for World Championship.”
Burgess, Malloy, McCage and Palmer are repeat selections from last year. The foursome helped the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team qualify for this year’s FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship by claiming the gold medal at the 2010 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship held in Guatemala.
“Ideally, you would want 12 players all returning with international experience,” Stone said. “At the same time, you don’t want to preclude any athlete who does not have international experience.”
In addition to the 12-player roster, seven individuals were named as alternates to the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team. The alternates are outside hitters Breanna Atkinson (Ashburn, Va., Virginia Elite/Chesapeake Region) and Mylan Eugene (Houston, Texas Pride/Lone Star Region), opposites Melanie Wade (Palo Alto, Calif., City Beach/Northern California Region) and Daniela Campbell (Denver, Front Range/Rocky Mountain Region), middle blocker Shelby Sullivan (Richardson, Texas, Texas Advantage/North Texas Region), setter Chloe Collins (Cypress, Texas, Texas Pride/Lone Star Region) and libero Haley Pouliezos (Imperial, Mo., High Performance/Gateway Region).
The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team will compete in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships (HPC) held July 26-30 in Tucson, Ariz., in preparation for the World Championships. At the completion of the HPC, the team will continue training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., before departing for Turkey.
The alternates, who could replace one of the top 12 players in case of injury or illness, and the other six non-selected athletes have first right refusal to participate in the Girls’ Youth A2 program, which also takes part in the HPC.
The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team roster was determined through a second tryout session held June 3-5 with 25 athletes participating at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
To be eligible for the Girls’ Youth program, athletes must be United States citizens born in either 1994 or 1995.
2011 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team
Name (Pos, Hometown, HS Grad Year, Club/Region)
Alexis Austin (MB, Houston, Texas, 2012, Thunder Volleyball/Lone star)
Jordan Burgess (OH, Tampa, Fla., 2012, Tampa Bay Juniors/Florida)
Lauren Carlini (S, Aurora, Ill., 2013, Sports Performance/Great Lakes)
Nicole Dalton (OPP, Parker, Colo., 2012, Front Range/Rocky Mountain)
Nicole Edelman (S, Boulder, Colo., 2012, Front Range/Rocky Mountain)
Janae Hall (MB, Centennial, Colo., 2012, Front Range/Rocky Mountain)
Andie Malloy (OPP, Allen, Texas, 2012, Skyline Juniors/North Texas)
Molly McCage (MB, Spring, Texas, 2012, Woodlands Wave/Lone Star)
Allison Palmer (L, Laguna Beach, Calif., 2012, Laguna Beach/Southern California)
Paulina Prieto (OH, Miami, Fla., 2011, Boomers Volleyball Club/Florida)
Amber Rolfzen (MB, Papillion, Neb., 2013, Nebraska Juniors/Great Plains)
Kadie Rolfzen (OH, Papillion, Neb., 2013, Nebraska Juniors/Great Plains)
2011 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team Alternates
Name (Pos, Hometown, HS Grad Year, Club/Region)
Breanna Atkinson (OH, Ashburn, Va., 2012, Virginia Elite/Chesapeake)
Daniela Campbell (OPP, Denver, Colo., 2012, Front Range/Rocky Mountain)
Chloe Collins (S, Cypress, Texas, 2013, Texas Pride/Lone star)
Mylan Eugene (OH, Houston, Texas, 2014, Texas Pride/Lone Star)
Haley Pouliezos (L, Imperial, Mo., 2012, High Performance/Gateway)
Shelby Sullivan (MB, Richardson, Texas, 2012, Texas Advantage/North Texas)
Melanie Wade (OPP, Palo Alto, Calif., 2012, City Beach/Northern California)
Head Coach: Jim Stone, USA Volleyball High Performance
Asst. Coach: Melissa Wolter, University of West Florida
Asst. Coach: Charlene Whitted, USA Volleyball High Performance
Congratulations to RMR alumni Ariel Turner and Morgan Broekhuis who recently competed at the USA open championships in Dallas last weekend. USA put together three A-2 teams made up of current college players - red, white and blue squads. They trained together for four days, and then competed in the four day championships. After winning pool play, the blue squad (which Colorado juniors alumni and teammates turner and broekhuis were members) struggled in bracket play. They eventually won the loser bracket, and the exciting single if necessary game 26-24 to win the gold medal. Turner currently plays for purdue university and broekhuis plays for nebraska .