Former Elevation Players Can Not be Stopped!
Abbey Bessler Named Big East Player of The Year!
(Abbey will once again be taking time to assist our U12′s again this JO season!)
Voluntary workouts continue through Thanksgiving This weeks workouts:
Monday, Nov 23rd
U15-18 setters from 4-5:30
U15-18 Attack Group 1 from 5:30-7
U15-18 Attack Group 2 from 7-8:30
U15-18 Conditioning for Attack Group 1
Tuesday, Nov 24th
U13 Conditioning from 4-5:30
Strength and conditioning workouts are included in team dues for the U13-U18 age groups. Position specific workouts are also included in the team dues for the u15-18 teams. This year we have added a Saturday morning optional positional workout in the u13 and u14 age groups for a $10 fee which lines up with their strength and conditioning that day. There is also a U12 session on Saturdays that we will experiment with. The goal of our workout schedule is to have the girls working on themselves twice a week in the pre-season while we still hold 1 team practice a week. When we get to January the schedule changes to twice a week team practices only. Read more about each age and skill group.
Congratulations to the Following Elevation Players who Earned All-State Honors for 2015!
Abbie Hughes Commits to The University of Alabama-Birmingham!
Sophomore setter Abbie Hughes verbally committed to UAB for both indoor and sand volleyball this week! Abbie plays her high school volleyball at Sycamore and will set for Elevation 16-1 this spring. Abbie’s Elevation team finished 19th in the country in 15 Open this year in New Orleans. In the summer Abbie took her game in the sand and played up in the 18 open level where she took 2nd place at USA Nationals. The Blazers made out on this deal!
Janelle Tobler and Dani Szczepanski from Elevation 18-1 have been voted LaRosa’s Players of Week this month!!
Tryouts for all U10-U14 teams are now posted. No invitations were made in these age groups and open tryouts take place on Halloween weekend. Elevation will also be holding a small tryout for a MB position our our 15 National-3 team, an OH position on 16 National-3, and a RS/S position on our 17 National-2 team in November along with an open tryout for an entire 18 National team. More information here.
College Recruiting Contact Form
Current Elevation players in the U15 – U18 age groups need to fill out a College Recruiting Contact Form. This form is used to update our player database to help with the recruiting process.
2015 Was a Very Good Year!
You’re doing pretty well when it’s Elevation vs Elevation in the finals at the Regional Championships in 2 different divisions. It’s even better when you have 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 5th, and 5th place finishes in Open Qualifiers around the country. Elevation logged countless wins in 2015 and it all culminates in a run at Nationals each year. Elevation qualified 6 teams for USA Nationals in New Orleans with 3 in the Open level! Next year the USA National Championships are in Indianapolis and we intend on qualifying even more teams! Read about our teams finishes from the 2015 National Championships!
Elevation 18 National Tryouts
Elevation will be holding a tryout for an 18 National team. Get more information here.
Brooke Westbeld Named #23 in Prep Volleyball’s Top 100 Seniors
23. Brooke Westbeld, 6-2 S, Fairmont (Kettering, Ohio), Elevation Volleyball Club. One of the breakout players nationally of last club season, Westbeld has been getting it done locally for years. She was a regional champion on the sand before high school and is Fairmont’s single-season record holder in assists and kills. Westbeld ran a 5-1 offense for Elevation this year and helped the Cincinnati club win the Northern Lights qualifier in 17 Open, a first for that group. Her potential as a tall setter is unmatched. She can put the ball on a tee for a hitter anywhere she wants. A 10-0 toucher, Westbeld has a terminal arm as an attacker and her block is massive and final. Westbeld is a leader with competitive juices and possesses a tireless work ethic. She is the kind of offensive-minded setter who can have a massive impact on any collegiate program. Watch what she does for hometown Dayton, where she has committed!
Jordan Fry Commits to Kentucky!
Jordan Fry a virtual newcomer to the volleyball scene not more than a year ago has committed to play her college volleyball at the University of Kentucky! Jordan switched from soccer to volleyball after her sophomore season at Ursuline and has been in the gym ever since. Coach Craig Skinner welcomes Jordan to a Kentucky program that has become a perennial Top 25 program including 10 straight NCAA tournament appearances.
Janelle Tobler Commits to Bellarmine!
Junior MB/OH Janelle Tobler has officially committed to Bellarmine University. Janelle plays for Elevation 17-1 and attends St. Henry High School in Northern Kentucky. Coach Jenni Grzebin (former Elevation 18-1 coach and now head coach at Bellarmine) texted us immediately to let us now how excited she is to have Janelle join her program!
Maya Krause Commits to Xavier!
Sophomore outside hitter Maya Krause said yes to the Musketeers for the Class of 2017! Maya plays her high school volleyball at Lakota West where she ranks in the top 3 in her class of over 700 academically! Congratulations Maya and Xavier.
Elevation Nation Regional Domination!
Elevation Volleyball has managed to win 4 Regional Championships out of the 8 age groups offered. The club also has (3) 2nd place finishes! Great job coaches and players! That is awesome!
It’s another all-Elevation Final in 15 National
15 Reinert and 15 Balice went a combined 7-1 in pool play earning 1st round BYEs in the Gold bracket at Regionals on May 17th. 15 Reinert won a grudge match against Cincy East who they seem to see every event in the semi’s winning in 3 sets after losing the 1st set. 15 Balice avenged a bid Tourney defeat to Eastside Cleveland Jrs is 3 sets (18-16) to make it another all-Elevation final. In the final, 15 Balice took charge in game 1 and then took the title with a 25-20 2nd set. Congratulations to both teams!
It’s a different kind of Mother’s Day spending it at the Columbus Convention Center but that the life of a volleyball family often times. Thanks to all the mothers who made the trip to Columbus this Sunday to support their daughters! What a Sunday it turned out to be with 3 out of 4 teams participating reaching the finals as our girls dominated the gym. In 16 National, 16 Ulland ran the table going undefeated including a straight sets win over Academy Volleyball Cleveland in the finals to claim an OVR Championship! In 14′s it was double trouble for the rest of Ohio as 14 LovMah and 14 Korfhagen met each other in the finals. Both teams went undefeated during the day with 14 LovMah capping off the day with OVR Championship for Elevation Nation!
10 Amanda goes undefeated in 10′s for the season!
Coach Amanda Meadows crew of 9 and 10 year olds finished off a great season taking 1st in the Gold Bracket at OVR Regionals. This is the 4th tourney win out of 5 events entered including all 4 wins when playing 10′s! The team finished 5th in Gold playing 11′s earlier in the year. This cements the team as the #1 ranked team in the region for 2015! The team members are Mackenzie Meadows, Gretchen Chaney, Ashley Walker, Anna LaCalamento, Abigail Sandquist, Caroline Beckes, Abby Yoder, Catherine Freeman, and Erin Gonzalez.
11 Amanda finished 5th in the Gold Bracket at Regionals
11 Pete finished 2nd in the Silver Bracket at Regionals
12 Bergheger 5th in the Gold Bracket at Regionals
12 Shircliff finished 2nd in the Silver Bracket at Regionals
12 Brashear finished 3rd in Aluminum (3rd tier of Regionals)
13 Toms finished 5th in Gold at Regionals
13 Lippert finished 5th in Gold at Regionals
13 Middendorf finished 3rd in Bronze at Regionals
13 Burton finished 1st in Copper at Regionals
15 Dani finished 5th in Bronze at Regionals
16 Elias finished 2nd in Silver at Regionals
14 Broe wins for the 5th time!
14 Broe kicked off the Regional Championship season and came home with the Gold! The team finished 1st in the Gold Bracket against all the top teams in 14 American this year in the OVR. This is the 5th tournament win out of 7 tournaments! They also finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in their other events! Congratulations to Grace Krier, Catherine Schafer, Jada Thompson, Peyton Breissinger, Peyton Halvorsen, Kristen Shannon, Stephanie Carr, Shelby Malburg, Abby Wandtke and Coach Tom Broe on such an outstanding season.
April 25-26 Weekend Update
10 Amanda finished 1st in Gold at NKJV Aces Challenge
11 Amanda finished 1st out of 16 in Centerville
11 Pete finished 1st in Gold at NKJV Aces Challenge
12 Bergheger finished 2nd in Gold at NKJV Aces Challenge
12 Shircliff finished 6th in Gold at NKJV Aces Challenge
12 Brashear finished 1st in Copper at NKJV Aces Challenge
13 Toms finished 5th in Gold playing 14′s at NKJV Aces Challenge
13 Lippert finished 3rd in Gold at NKJV Aces Challenge
13 Middy finished 5th in Gold at NKJV Aces Challenge
13 Burton finished 5th in Silver at NKJV Aces Challenge
14 Korfhagen finished 1st in Gold at NKJV Aces Challenge
14 Broe finished 3rd in Gold at NKJV Aces Challenge
15 Dani finished 2nd in Gold at NKJV Aces Challenge
16 Elias finished 2nd in Gold at NKJV Aces Challenge
18 Walters finished 1st in Gold at NKJV Aces Challenge
Elevation 17-1 wins Northern Lights Qualifier!
Knocked of defending National Champions twice along the way!
Elevation 17-1 went to Minneapolis this weekend for the Northern Lights 17 Open Qualifier. After dropping the 1st match of their tourney in 3 sets (19-21), the girls battled back finishing day 1 in 1st place beating OVA 17 Asics to clinch it. Day 2 saw murderers row ahead with Circle City, Sky High, and Rockwood Thunder (defending National Champions) in their pool. The team took control of their tourney destiny by winning this power pool and moving into Gold Medal pool play. It took 3 sets each time, but the girls won 3 straight matches earning a spot in the Sunday finals against Rockwood (Chicago) who made it back on the other side. The rematch turned out to be a carbon copy of the 1st meeting proving that Elevation’s win on day 2 was no fluke as the team won by the exact same scores 25-21, 25-20 to take the title! This is the 2nd time the team has qualified this year. The team members are Alyssa Steller, Dani Noll, Sydney Mukes, Sabrina Wolf, Avery Naylor, Dani Szczepanski, Claire Tulisiak, Janelle Tobler, Molly Cummins-Freund, and Brooke Westbeld. The coaches are Lisa Schaad, Adam Goller, and AJ!
The Cincinnati Open sponsored by Elevation is now part of the USA Volleyball Jr Beach Tour
Elevation Volleyball Club will be hosting the 5th annual Cincinnati Open sand doubles tourney over the Memorial Day weekend. This year our event will be part of the USA Jr Beach Tour and will offer 3 bids per age group to USA Beach Nationals in July! More information will be available soon so find a partner and get ready to do some cross-training. Elevation will be offering a few clinics and coached game play in late April as well as some practice tourneys in May to help you prepare. Private lessons are available as well. The Sports Express sand courts are free for any Elevation player to use when other activities are no going on. Friends can play for $5 a day.
More information will be released here over the next 2 weeks as the courts open up for the season.
Ohio Valley Bid Tourney Results (Columbus)
12 Bergheger – 6th place
13 Toms – 4th place (American Bid)
13 Lippert – 8th Place
14 Korfhagen – 2nd Place (National Bid)
15 Balice – 3rd place (American Bid)
15 Reinert – 5th place (American Bid)
16 Elias – 7th place
JVA World Challenge Results (Louisville)
18 Walters finished 30th out of 72 teams in 18 Premier
16 Ulland finished 13th out of 40 in 16 Open
15 Dani finished 11th out of 38 in 15 Premier
13 Middy finished 13th out of 50 in 13 Premier
13 Burton finished 41st out of 50 in 13 Premier
12 Shircliff had a great weekend in the 12 Premier division going 7-1 on the weekend with their only defeat coming to KIVA in the finals! The team members are Audrey Zelczak, Ally Christman, Faith Hess, Hailey Martin, Lauren Statzer, Lucy King, Rachel Hartmann, Rose Rye, and Sara Hunt.
Sabrina Wolf Commits to Cincinnati!
Junior outside hitter Sabrina Wolf from Elevation 17-1 has committed to play her college volleyball for Coach Molly Alvey at The University of Cincinnati. Sabrina’s had an outstanding year on the court with a state title in the fall and an Open bid to USA Nationals in New Orleans this summer. Congratulations Sabrina!!
Elevation Nation NCAA Bracket Final Results
130 Casey Kavanaugh (Erin – 15 Reinert) $200 Winner!
128 Stephanie Woeste (Lizzie – 16 Elias) $100 Winner!
Since Erin’s family won the pool the whole 15 Reinert team will get a set of hitters shirts with their own design!
April 3-5 Update
14 LovMah travelled to Atlanta for the Big South Qualifier. The girls went 8-1 on the weekend with wins over Gainesville (big South Champs last year), Tejas (#5 seed), and Houston Jrs (#3 seed) along the way. The girls only defeat came in the Championship match to #1 seeded A5. The team earned an Open bid for Nationals. This is the 3rd qualifier bid overall for the club including both U14 National teams who are now headed to New Orleans this summer!
16 Elias spent the weekend in Chicago at the 16 USA Windy City National Qualifier. The team went 2-1 on both Friday and Saturday putting them in the Gold bracket on Sunday. The girls came out and won game won 25-23 Sunday morning but lost game two by the same score. Game 3 ended 15-8 landing the team in 9th place out of 36 teams.
Happy Easter Elevation Nation!
March 28-29 Update
18 Hammond finished 4th at the OVR National Challenge in in Holland, Ohio.
14 Broe goes 4 and 0!! Coach Broe’s crew won their 4th tourney out of 4 attempts and currently ranks 2nd in the OVR overall. The team members are Grace Krier, Catherine Schafer, Jada Thompson, Peyton Breissinger, Peyton Halvorsen, Kristen Shannon, Stephanie Carr, Shelby Malburg, Abby Wandtke.
NorthEast Qualifier Results
Elevation sent 2 teams to the NEQ in Philadelphia for Open level competition and a chance to qualify for USA Nationals in New Orleans.
16 Ulland had a very productive weekend collecting wins against Rockwood Thunder, Houston Jrs, and Niagra Frontier during their 1st 2 pools. A 3 set loss to Mintonette (15-13) meant a 3 way tie in their day 3 Gold Medal pool. The girls came right back and handed Mintonette a 25-15 defeat and then took out Houston Jrs for a 2nd time 25-23 earning them a spot in the final 4 bracket with the top 3 getting open bids. Unfortunately the team lost matches against the #3 and #1 seeds placing them 4th overall and just out of a Bid.
15 Balice also had a great weekend winning their 1st 7 matches of the tournament including wins over Mintonette, NKYVC, SG Elite (California), Academy (Long Island), and East Coast Power 15-1. The big blow of the weekend hit when our #2 seeded Elevation girls lost to #7 OVA (25-23, 27-25) in Gold Medal Pool play on day 3 which kept them from advancing to the final 4. This meant another 5th place finish for 15 Balice who had the same finish at the Mideast Qualifier.
Update: 15 Balice earned an at-large Open bid to Nationals!
Mideast Qualifier Results for U15 – U18 Teams
Elevation sent 7 teams to Indianapolis on March 20-22. It was a great weekend for the club with another bid gathered and a couple more within grasp for a New Orleans trip this summer. 15 Balice went 6-2 on the weekend losing in three sets (15-12) to Legacy in the deciding match of their Gold Medal pool. A 5th place finish out of 48 Open teams was remarkable but meant they were one match short of earning one of the 3 bids available. 15 Reinert went one step further in 15 USA. The girls were 7-2 on the weekend and made it all the way to the semi-finals where they lost in 3 sets (15-10). Unfortunately only 2 bids were available in the USA division and 3rd place finish out of 95 teams will leave quite a sting. 15 Dani also played in the USA division and finished 21st out of 95. The team took 2nd in both of their early pools but lost their challenge match sending them to the silver bracket. They battled all weekend going 3 sets in 5 different matches winning 3 of them including a 15-13 win after trailing 10-1!! 16 Ulland went 4-3 in the Open level but dropped down on day 1 with a loss to Union in 3 sets. The team would go undefeated on day 2 but lost in the bronze bracket to finish 27th out of 48. 16 Omar started out strong taking 2nd place in pool on day 1 but drew a tough pool on day 2 and finished 3rd. The girls lost the 1st round of bracket play in 3 sets (15-13) to finish 33rd out of 96 teams. 17 Goller/Schaad capped off a long weekend with a 3rd place finish out of 48 teams and an Open Bid! The girls were 8-3 on the weekend with great wins over Skyline (Dallas), Legacy (Michigan), Elite VBTC (Ohio), and Tampa United. The girls were just about the last ones out of the gym on Sunday but now get a break since they do not have to attend the Bid Tourney. 18 Walters finished 38th out of 88 teams in 18 American. The girls took 2nd on day 1 but struggled to keep up on day 2 sending them to the Copper (4th) bracket where they took 3rd. This team is made up of 2 sophomores, 5 juniors, and 2 seniors and competes as an 18 National team.
Elevation Volleyball is currently ranked #1 or #2 in 6 different age division of the Ohio Valley Region.
Attention Elevation Nation!! Let’s Have an NCAA Bracket Challenge!!
This contest will be open to any Elevation Club player and their family. You can submit up to 5 entries per family. We are limiting this to immediate family only. The winning person will get a $200 JO fee reduction off of their player’s JO fees with a $100 reduction going to 2nd place. Coaches would get a coaching bonus of the same amount if they win. Also, the entire team associated with the winner will receive specially made Elevation Nation long sleeve shirts with their names on them in their choice of color. If a parent with multiple players in the club wins then you will have to pick your favorite kid! I hope it doesn’t happen…..
All U15 -U18 families should have received their invite via email already. U10-U14 families should expect an email soon with their invite to our Elevation Nation CBS Bracket.
Mideast Qualifier in St. Louis for U12-U14 teams
Elevation had 5 teams make the trip to St. Louis this year hoping to qualify for USA Nationals in New Orleans this summer. 14 LovMah made a great run at an Open bid. The team finished 1st or 2nd in 3 straight pools finally losing to Sunshine VBC from California on day 3. That placed them 5th out of 38 teams in the Open Division but 1 match short of their bid. 14 Korfhagen made a magical in St. Louis. The team went 8-2 on the weekend and went all the way to the finals of the USA division. The team lost in the finals of Gold in 3 games but earned a bid to USA Nationals in June! 13 Toms came in seeded 23rd and started slow but rebounded on day 1 to stay in the upper bracket of the Open level. The team kicked a scraped their way to an 11th place finish. 13 Lippert battled their way through the American division going 6-3 0n the weekend. A long Saturday included a tie-breaker match and a crossover win keeping them in the gym all day but put them in the Gold bracket. They lost to the #3 seed in bracket play to finish 9th out of 95 teams in their division! 12 Bergheger had their hearts broken on Sunday losing in 3 sets in the Gold semi-final after winning the 1st set 25-12 and leading the 2nd set 24-18. The team was undefeated all weekend up to that point including a 2 set win over #3 seed Rockwood from Chicago in the quarters. They finished 3rd out of 39 teams but only the Gold champion received a bid. Overall, Elevation had a great showing finishing higher than any club in Ohio in 4 out of the 5 divisions played!
10 Amanda leading the pack !
10 Amanda kicked their season off with a bang finishing 1st out of 16 team in Centerville this weekend. The team is currently ranked #1 in the region early on. The team members are Mackenzie Meadows, Gretchen Chaney, Ashley Walker, Anna LaCalamento, Abigail Sandquist, Caroline Beckes, Abby Yoder, Catherine Freeman, and Erin Gonzalez.
11 Amanda wins their 1st tourney!
11 Amanda played in Centerville on Saturday, March 7th. This was the team’s 1st tourney of the year and the girls came out swinging taking 1st place in gold out of 16 teams! The team members are Carly Hendrickson, Caroline Hensley, Chloe Warburton, Emily Bentley, Emily Morgan, Josie Giesting, Mo Turner, Natalie Shimrock, Shaye Wolf, and Sophia Hudepohl.
Bluegrass Pre-Qualifier Update
Elevation sent 8 teams to the Bluegrass Pre-Qualifier. Our teams were 39-18 in all matches with the U15 age group going an amazing 17-4.
15 Balice finished 3rd in Gold in the Open Division
15 Reinert finished 3rd in Silver in the Premier Division
15 Dani finished 3rd in Gold in the Club Division
16 Ulland finished 1st in Silver in the Open Division
16 Elias finished 1st in Silver in the Premier Division
17 Goller finished 3rd in Silver in the Open Division
18 Hammond finished 2nd in Bronze in the Open Division
18 Walters finished 3rd in Titanium in the Premier Division
Feb 28th – Mar 1st
Sports Express hosted a 2-day National Challenge in the U12 age division
12 Bergheger finished 3rd in Gold
12 Shircliff finished 5th in Gold
12 Brashear finished 3rd in Gold in Oxford at an OVR Regional event
President’s Day Weekend
Elevation sent 5 teams to Chicago for the Sports Performance President’s Day Challenge 3-day event.
14-1 finished 1st out of 64 teams in 15 Club
Maggie King was named tourney MVP!
15-1 finished 3rd out of 32 teams in 15 Open
16-1 finished 15th out of 48 team in 16 Open
17-1 finished 2nd out of 40 teams in 17 Open
18-1 finished 26th out of 48 teams in 18 Open
In Dayton/Columbus, Elevation had 11 teams participating in Dayton VBC’s President’s Cup.
12-1 finished 3rd in Gold
12-2 finished 5th in Gold
13-1 finished 1st in Silver
13-2 finished 3rd in Silver
13-3 finished 1st in Bronze
14-2 finished 5th in Gold
14-3 finished 1st in Gold
15-2 finished 5th
15-3 finished 13th
16-2 finished 15th
18-2 finished 15th
Anne Debbane Commits to Play at Otterbein University!
Anne Debbane, setter for Elevation Walters and Ursuline Academy, has committed to play volleyball at Otterbein University. Otterbein’s team has recorded a 67-28 match record in the OAC over the last 3 years and had 7 volleyball players make the OAC 1st team All-Academic Team this fall. Anne will be a great addition to their program!
Adrianna King Commits to UC Clermont
Adrianna King, OH, MB, and RS from Elevation 18 Walters and Princeton High School has committed to play volleyball at UC Clermont! Their team was 15-5 last season.
14 Broe goes 1 for 1!
14 Broe took a short trip to Courts 4 Sports for a 2 day American Challenge on Jan 31-Feb 1! The girls powered through some illness issues to take 1st place in Gold out of 16 teams. Great job ladies!
Columbus Convention Center Jan 31-Feb 1
15 Balice and 15 Reinert both made it to the gold bracket in Columbus this weekend. They finished 3rd and 5th respectively out of 24 teams for a great start to the season. 16 Elias took 2nd in their 1st pool but struggled in their 2nd pool landing them in the Bronze bracket. The girls rallied and took 1st in Bronze (13th overall). 16 Ulland played great all weekend! The team was 8-1 in their matches and finished in 2nd place overall! 17 Goller took things one step further and went undefeated finishing 1st in Gold. The girls were 9-0 along the way taking the finals 25-17, 25-18. 18 Hambone pieced together a team that went 5-1 in their pool play. The girls lost a 3 set match 15-13 in the Gold bracket an finished 5th overall.
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