Green Means, GO!

Academy Volleyball is pleased to recognize Samantha Green of our Girls 14 Red team.

Samantha has been a dynamo on the junior beach volleyball circut lately as she earned the following:

 Samantha Green of our Girls 14 Red, pictured on right.

Samantha Green of our Girls 14 Red, pictured on right.

  • Earned a bid to USAV Junior Nationals in Siesta Key Florida (by winning  a GEVA tournament in Coney Island - see our previous post on this here).
     
  • Qualified for VolleyAmerica Junior Beach Nationals in Atlantic City by winning another local VolleyAmerica tournament.  Samantha finished in 7th place in the gold bracket, competing against girls from across the country.  

In addition to the above accomplishments, Samantha as also finished in 1st place in three other beach tournaments this year (including some playing in the 16U division).  Samantha was also invited to attend the GEVA High Performance program (to add to her indoor accomplishments).  

Keep up the great work Sam!

Academy Athletes Participate in High Performance Programs

Academy Volleyball would like to congratulate it's athletes who recently competed in USA Volleyball's High Performance Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Every year, USA Volleyball runs this tournament for players in their High Performance pipeline as well as high performance teams created by the different USA Volleyball regions from around the country.  The USA Volleyball High Perforamance and GEVA High Performance program gives athletes the opportunity to play at a high level, among the best players in the country.

Academy Volleyball is pleased to present the following athletes who competed at the High Performance Championships:

BOYS

USA Volleyball Youth A1

  • Trey Cole, Boys 17 Red


GEVA High Performance

  • Will Kropp, Boys 18 White
  • Jack Driscoll, Boys 17 Red
  • Andrew Watts, Boys 17 Red
  • Ben Naouai, Boys 17 Red
  • Josh George, Boys 17 Red
  • AJ Fitzgerald, Boys 16 Red

GIRLS

GEVA High Performance

  • Caroline LaMacchia, Girls 17 Red
  • Molly Jandris, Girls 17 Red
  • Sally Tietjen, Girls 15 Red
  • Amanda Dewitt, Girls 15 Red
  • Faith LaMacchia, Girls 15 Red
  • Kasey Tietjen, Girls 14 Red
  • Alexis Stoehrer, Girls 14 Red
  • JC Stein, Girls 14 Red
  • Carley McAleavey, Girls 13 Red

 

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Academy Volleyball would also like to recognize the following athletes for their accomplishments on the beach:

  • Hannah Naja (Girls 15 Red) made the GEVA HP Beach team (she and her partner also earned a bid to nationals in 16U to Siesta Key).
  • Grace Rosenberg (Girls 17 Red) and Kathleen Doherty (Girls 18 White North) won First Place in 18U Girls and a bid to Nationals in Siesta Key, Florida.
  • John Curaro (Boys 16 Red) and Tim Darress (Boys 16 Red) recently competed in the Beach National Championships in Siesta Key, Florida.

Junior National Championships are in the Books!

With the completion of the USA Volleyball Boys and Girls Junior National Championship tournaments, the 2018 club volleyball season comes to an official close.  This year, the girls tournament was hosted by the city of Detroit, while the boys were hosted in Phoenix. 

For the teams who qualified to compete at Nationals, it is a great opportunity to compete against the best clubs from around the country as well as to absorb the volleyball “culture” that exists at these events.

Read on to see how our teams performed at Nationals.

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Girls 12 Red
The Girls 12 Red team had their first taste of competing at Nationals and were really able to take in the volleyball culture.  The girls had a great time competing against teams from Wisconsin, Northern Texas, Iowa, and Northern California.  They are a fun bunch and we hope to see them competing at Nationals for years to come.

Girls 13 Red
The Girls 13 Red opened the tournament with a couple of early round losses, but picked up as the tournament progressed. They had an impressive win over a team from Minnesota by the score of 25-18, 25-15.  

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They followed up that win with another, this time over the Atlanta Express (Atlanta, GA) by the score of 25-23, 25-19.  After a win over the OK Charge (Oklahoma), the girls were on to their playoff bracket, where they fell to Metro (Maryland) in 2 sets.

Overall, the girls placed 29 out of 49 teams. Nice job!

Girls 14 Red
The Girls 14 Red team opened the tournament by going 1-2 in the first round of pool play, picking up a win over Michio Chicago (Chicago, IL) in two straight sets (25-20, 25-22).

After dropping matches to teams from Palm Beach, FL and Ohio respectively, the girls picked up a win over the Rocky Selects (Colorado) in two straight sets (25-17, 25-18).    

In their playoff bracket on the last day of the tournament, the girls fell to the NYC Juniors in two straight sets.


Girls 16 Red
Playing in one of the toughest age groups at Nationals is the Girls 16 Red team.  The girls competed against teams from nearly every corner of the country – Florida, Texas, Iowa.  

Their tournament was highlighted by a win in their playoff bracket over the Excel Premier (South Carolina) in three sets (21-25, 25-16, 15-9), before falling to the VA Juniors in the finals.

Great job by all of the girls playing against the best teams the country has to offer.
 

Desert Volleyball

While the girls were up north at their tournament, the boys 16 and 17 Red teams traveled west to the desert, Phoenix, AZ, for their National Championship tournament.  Yes... It was hot.  But there was plenty of volleyball action indoors.

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The Boys 16 Red teams' performance can be categorized as an exercise in resilience.  The boys battled hard all week, but did not have the results they wanted to show for it.  

They were in it until the end against nearly every team they faced.  Finally, on the third day of the tournament the boys picked up that much needed win over Arlington Elite in two straight sets (25-20, 25-18).

Every set was competitive and the boys should be proud of their performances and look to build on it during the upcoming season.

17 Red
The Boys 17 Red team opened the tournament by going 0-3 during the opening day of pool play.  They came back on the second day with a 1-2 record, picking up a win over Louisville Fury in three sets (23-25, 25-22, 15-10).  

The boys finished out the tournament by going undefeated as they swept their pool on the third day of the tournament, defeating teams from Hawaii and Virginia.  

On the final day of the tournament, the boys also swept their playoff bracket as they picked up wins over LIVBC (25-23, 25-16) and Ocean Bay Quicksilver (27-25, 25-14).

Congratulations to all of our teams who competed in the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships.  We hope you enjoyed your experience and that you continue to push your limits and expand your horizons.

Academy Players Earn Medals at GEVA Beach Tournament

On June 9th, the Garden Empire Volleyball Association (GEVA) held a junior beach volleyball tournament on New York's famous Coney Island Beach.  The tournament was a bid-qualifier for the Junior National Beach Tournament, which is held in July in Siesta Key, Florida.

Academy is proud to announce that it's players earned both medals and bids at this tournament - see below for more information:

John Curaro and AJ Fitzgerald of our 16 Red team competed in the 16U division, going 5-1 in pool play and making the finals in their age bracket.   

The boys came in second place overall, earned a Silver Medal, and a bid to the Junior National Beach Tournament in Siesta Key, Florida.

A special shout-out goes to 16 Red teammate, Quincy Rooi, who also earned a bid to USA Junior Beach Nationals at this tournament.


Samantha Green of our 14 Red team and her partner competed in the 14U age division, which featured 35 teams. 

She and her partner, Katie Martinez, were a perfect 10-0 and captured the Gold Medal and a bid to the Junior National Beach Tournament in Siesta Key, Florida. 

Boys East Coast Championships Recap!

This past Memorial Day weekend, the Academy Volleyball boys teams ventured south to Richmond, Virginia for the last major tournament of the 2018 regular season. For some of the boys, it was a great way to close out their club volleyball careers.  While others fought for (and attained) that elusive bid to the Junior National Championships.  No matter what, it was a great weekend of volleyball, read on to see more!

14s

Always a fun time for the 14 White team!  This is the team that was formed after the Boys Middle School Clinic/Tournament.  For the boys this is their first experience participating in a tournament.  They faced many of the well-established teams from Pace and Coastal – and event faced a team from Canada.  They boys played well and picked up some nice wins over Coastal B14 Gold in three sets (25-15,25-19,20-25) and MVP – also in three sets (22-25,28-26,15-12).  Welcome to club volleyball boys!

The 14 Red team continued their great first season as a team as they opened this tournament with a 2-1 record on the first day, picking up wins over RCVC and A10 Thunderbolt.  On the second day of the tournament, the boys also went 2-1 as they defeated Pace (25-14,25-20) and TVP (25-23,25-17).  After two days of the tournament – and a 4-2 record, the boys qualified for the Gold playoff bracket, where they fell to Boriquen (Puerto Rico) in the first round.  The boys finished in 9th place overall – Great job!

15s

The boys 15 White team opened the tournament by falling to Annapolis and Coastal in the opening pool play round and to MVC in a cross-over match.  However, on the second day of the tournament, the boys rebounded and came back with wins over RVC (25-22,25-7) and LIVBC 15 Regional (25-15,25-9).  On the last day of the tournament, the boys swept their playoff bracket by defeating RCVC in the first round (25-14,25-16) and Sportime in the finals (23-25,25-8,15-11).

The boys 15 Red team had a strong opening to the tournament as they went 2-1 during the first day of pool play, picking up wins over Pace 15-2 (25-20,25-16) and RVC (25-10,25-13).  On the second day of pool play, the boys dropped two matches to teams from upstate NY (Pace 15-1 and Niagara Frontier), while picking up a straight-set win over RVC (25-19,23-25).  The boys qualified for the Silver playoff bracket, where they fell to the LIVBC 15 National team in three, extremely close sets (23-25,25-21,15-17).

16s

The boys 16 White team found themselves in one of the toughest pools on the opening day of pool play.  They went 1-2 in that pool, but certainly held their own, picking up a win over Niagra Frontier – a match which featured a thrilling 30-28 set victory by the boys, followed up with a 25-21 victory for the sweep.  The boys also went 1-2 on the second day of the tournament, with a victory coming over the Plainview VBC.  During the last day of the tournament, the boys dropped their playoff bracket opening match to A5.

The boys 16 Red team opened the tournament with a 2-1 record during their first day of pool play, picking up wins over Coastal Hampton Roads and Griffons de l’Outaouais (Canada). During the second day of pool play the boys with two of the top-seeded teams in the tournament (Torrimar and 352 Elite).  The boys went 1-2 on the day, picking up a win over Arlington.  The boys qualified for the Silver playoff bracket, where they picked up an opening round win over RVC (25-16,15-25,16-14) before falling to MVC in the Silver finals.  As it turns out, the win over RVC was a critical one as with that win, the boys finally clinched that elusive bid to the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National tournament (finishing 10th place overall).
 

17 Red

The boys 17 Red team opened the tournament with a 2-1 record during the first day of pool play.  They picked up wins over RVC and MVC, but fell to a team called, Ghosts (Canada).  On the second day of pool play, the boys were in a tough bracket, but also came out with a 2-1 record as they picked up wins over Pace (21-25,25-23,15-9) and Niagara Frontier (25-14,25-21), while falling to Toreros (Puerto Rico).  With three teams tied, the boys also had to play a one-set match to settle a tie-breaker scenario with Toreros, which they fell by a very-close score of 23-25.  The boys qualified for the Silver playoff bracket, where they dropped their opening round match to Ocean Bay Quicksilver.

18s

The boys 18 White team had a tough opening day as they dropped their pool play matches to MVP Academy and NOOKS, while also dropping a cross-over match to LIVBC 18 National.  The boys rebounded on the second day of the tournament as they went 2-1 on the day, picking up wins over Triangle (25-15,25-15) and Sportime (25-19,25-19).  The boys qualified for the Bronze playoff bracket, where they picked up an opening round victory over TVP (25-15,25-23) before falling to RVC in three sets.

The boys 18 Red team continued their strong season by going 3-0 during the opening round of pool play as they picked up wins over Ocean Bay Quicksilver, RVC, and TVP.  On the second day of pool play, the boys went 2-1 picking up wins over Toreros (25-14,25-22) and MVP Academy.  They boys also had to play a one-set match with BRYC, in which they won 25-18. For their strong play, the boys earned a spot in the Gold playoff bracket, where they dropped their opening round match to Niagara Frontier Gold.

End of Season - End of Era

With the completion of this tournament, the club volleyball season has come to a close for all of the boys teams – except for the Boys 16 & 17 Red teams, who will now train to compete in the 2018 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships in Phoenix, Arizona.

For the Boys 18 Red and White teams, the completion of this tournament also marks the end of an era as this tournament puts a final stamp on their club volleyball careers.  Many of the boys will be moving on to compete in the collegiate volleyball.  All of us at Academy Volleyball would like to wish all of our graduating seniors the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.  Remember, once Academy – always Academy.  Please stay in touch with us.
 

Player Spotlight

Welcome to another edition of the Academy Player Spotlight.  In this edition, we have more exciting college commitments to announce, please see below:

Dee-Ana Mitchel of our Girls 18 White North team has commited to Queens College.


Trey Cole of our Boys 17 Red team will head west to California and Pepperdine University.


Timothy Drake of our Boys 18 Red team will join fellow Academy athletes and attend SUNY New Paltz.


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Kevin Kelleher of our Boys 18 Red team has committed to Virginia Tech.

Congratulations to our athletes for their college commitments.  Please make sure you visit our College Commitment page to see all of our athletes who are planning to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level.

Missry Is NCAA Division One National Finalist

Picture this, it's early in January of 2015.  The UCLA recruiting staff is at yet another volleyball tournament looking for potential players when they discover a big, strong kid from, of all places, Holbrook NY.  After the match, the recruiters were left with two questions, (1) Who is this kid? and (2) Why isn't he being sought after by more major college programs than what there were?

That kid, was Sachem North High School senior, Dylan Missry.

A couple of months later, after Missry signed his letter of intent to play for UCLA, the coaches felt they received the "steal" of the 2015 recruiting class.  A recruiting class (2015) that already had prominent top recruits such as; DeFalco (Long Beach, U.S. Men's National Team),  Ma'a (UCLA), Ensing (Long Beach), and Tuaniga (Long Beach). 

It's no surprise that UCLA coaches considered Missry a steal.  After all it isn't a stretch to say that boys volleyball on the east coast of the United States does not have the popularity, nor receive the attention or school funding that it does in the Mid-West and West Coast, which is why he was able to fly under the radar for so many college programs.

Fast forward to May 2018 and the NCAA Division One National Championship match and there was the "steal", Dylan Missry, playing a major role (along with the top recruits of 2015) in a thrilling 5-set match.  While Missry did not get the result he wanted (UCLA lost to Long Beach State in 5 sets), he was a force throughout the entire match.  Missry played every minute of all 5 sets and posted very solid numbers; 11 kills (.364 hitting percentage), 6 aces (a match high,  a career best, and a NEW NCAA record for most aces in a championship match), and 3 digs.

However, his numbers were only a part of the story as Missry's all around play stood out.  Since it was the NCAA's championship match, the game was nationally televised on ESPN.  Many times throughout the broadcast the commentators noticed the difference he was making and spoke in glowing terms about Missry's performance, at times calling him "Superb".  Not bad for the "steal" from New York.

Academy Coaches DiStefano and Rivera made the trip to Southern California to show support for Missry.

Over the last two years, it has not been very frequent that Missry makes his way back home.  However, when he is not in California with UCLA or traveling the world with the U.S. Men's Junior National team, he can be found working out with the Academy boys teams, helping them by pushing the pace of practice and setting a great example for how to train and approach practices.

Missry was coached by current Academy Boys Directors and Coaches, Matthew Rivera and Matthew DiStefano for four years at Sachem North High School.  On behalf of Academy Coaches Rivera and DiStefano, please join us in congratulating Dylan Missry on an outstanding season and great performance in the NCAA Championship match.

Girls 18s Compete at the 2018 18U Junior National Championships

While not quite over yet, the 2018 Academy Club Volleyball season has already been one of the most successful seasons to date.  To drive home that point, you don’t need to look any further than the Girls 18 Red and Girls 18 White North teams – both of which earned a bid to the Girls 18U Junior National Championships this year.  It cannot be overstated to say what a rare and special accomplishment this is.  

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It takes a village – Academy Volleyball would like to congratulate both teams on this accomplishment and acknowledge all those involved in making it a reality.  

From the coaches who have provided training and guidance, to the parents who supported their daughters throughout their club careers and spent countless hours driving/flying to tournaments, and most importantly, to the girls who dedicated themselves both physically and mentally to a sport they are passionate about.  

See below for recaps of their performance at the 2018 Girls 18U Junior National Championships:

GIRLS 18 WHITE NORTH

Playing in the American Division, the Girls 18 White North dropped their matches during the opening day of pool play. On the second day of pool play the girls went 1-2, picking up a win over Hanahou (Hawaii) in straight sets (25-23, 25-21).  

The girls hit their stride during the last day of the tournament as they won their playoff bracket by defeating the Iowa Rockets in the semifinals in straight sets (25-17, 25-18).  

In the finals, the girls defeated Legacy in three sets (23-25, 25-17, 15-11).

GIRLS 18 RED

The Girls 18 Red competed in the National Division at the JNCs.  They began the tournament by dropping their matches during the opening day of pool play.  The girls rebounded in a big way as they did not drop a single match during the remainder of the tournament.  

On the second day of the tournament, the girls went 2-0 picking up wins over Forza (California) in three sets (23-25, 25-17, 15-11) and Smash (New England) in straight sets (25-21, 25-19).  In their playoff bracket, the girls defeated WVA in the semi-finals and Five1 VBC (Michigan) in straight sets in the finals (25-12, 25-23).

End of an Era
With the close of the 2018 Girls 18U Junior National Championships, it marks the end of an era for these two teams as it was the final tournament of their club volleyball careers.  Both teams can be proud of ending their final games with a win.

Academy Volleyball would like to wish all of the girls good luck in their future endeavors.  Most of the girls will be continuing their playing careers at the collegiate level and we ask that you all stay in touch.

Congratulations and Thank you!

Academy Coaches Lead Men's NCAA Skyline Conference

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Academy Volleyball would like to congratulate Head Coach, Bill Kropp, as well as fellow Academy Assistant Coaches as they earn NCAA Honors at St. Joseph's College.

Currently, in it's second season of existence, the St. Josephs College Men's Volleyball team won the Skyline Conference Championship and a bid to the NCAA tournament.  The team fell to Kean College in the opening round, but have plenty of achievements to be proud of as the season comes to a close.  See below for more:

Bill Kropp, Skyline Conference Coach of the Year
This season at Academy, Bill Kropp was the Head Coach of the Boys 18 White team.  At St. Josephs College, he earned Coach of the Year honors for the Skyline Conference with a 23-9 overall record and a bid to the NCAA tournament in only the program's second year.  The legend of Bill Kropp continues to grow.

Paul Curaro, Skyline Conference First-Team All Conference
This season at Academy, Paul Curaro is the Assistant Coach of the Boys 16 Red team.  At St. Josephs College, he led the conference in kills (265) and kills per set (3.08).

Will Flohr, Skyline Conference First-Team All Conference
This season at Academy, Will Flohr is the Assistant Coach of the Boys 16 White team.  At St. Josephs College, he was second in kills (234) and kills per set (2.60)

Congratulations to our Academy coaches on their outstanding NCAA seasons.

Academy Coaches/Alumni Compete for NCAA Bid

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Academy Volleyball would like to congratulate Head Coach Bill Kropp and the St. Josephs College Men's Volleyball team on winning the Skyline Conference Regular Season Championship in only their second season in operation.   

Not only is St. Joseph's College coached by Academy Coach Bill Kropp, but there are also a number of players on the team are Academy Volleyball alumni - including current Academy Assistant Coaches (Paul Curaro, Will Flohr, and Michael Bosco).

The Golden Eagles defeated Yeshiva Univesrsity on Thursday evening in the semi-finals of the Skyline Conference playoff bracket and have earned a trip to the Conference Finals, which will be played this Saturday afternoon at 12pm.  The Academy contingent at St. Joseph's College will look to earn the school's first ever bid to the NCAA tournament with a win on Saturday. 

Please come down to the Danzi Athletic Center at St. Josephs on Saturday April 14th at 12 pm to watch the fast-paced action and support your fellow Academy athletes and coaches. Show up early and be sure to make lots of noise!

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