Ali Thompson Commits to Grand Valley State!
Ali Thompson, OH from Elevation 17 Reilly and Ursuline Academy has committed to join the Grand Valley State Lakers in 2018. Ali has a number of relatives very near the GV campus who will now get to see her on a regular basis!
Happy to Thanksgiving to all of our Elevation families!
Elevation 2017 Tryout Results!
Positionals Have Started !!
U12 – U14 players will receive an email regarding their schedule and options. Start date is Saturday, November 12th.
U15 – U18 players will be able to see their Training Groups here. Start date is Monday, November 14th.
Adrian Ell (McNick) and Maya Krause (Lakota West) from Elevation 18-1 Named Under Armour High School All-Americans!
U17/18 Tryout times announced!
Tryouts for Elevation’s 17/18 National team will take place from 6:30-8:30 on Tuesday, November 15th.
There will be no tryouts for any U16 players this year.
Register for tryouts here!
2017 is Right Around The Corner!
Last year was a great year for Elevation Volleyball. 16 teams participated at USA Nationals with bids earned by 12-1, 13-1, 14-1, 15-1, 16-1, 17-1, 18-1, 14-3, 15-2, 16-2, and 17-2. The club won 3 National Championships in their respective divisions and we won a multitude of other events including another Open Qualifier! This high school season has seen unprecedented success by Elevation players as well. 7 of the remaining 8 teams left in the Division I Regional have Elevation players starting for them and 4 of the teams are coached by Elevation coaches! Numerous players have committed to college this year and more will make their choice this year! It has been fun to watch! Now it’s time to prepare for 2017…
For those already committed to Elevation for 2017 please take a breath and get ready for positional training as well as strength and conditioning beginning the week of November 14th. Keep watching the website for updated team pages with schedules, coaches, and fees. The 10-1 through 14-2 pages are updated right now. Our club is preparing for an amazing 2017 season so relax for now and then get ready! Good luck to all those still playing in Districts this weekend.
If you haven’t committed to a club and are planning to come to tryouts then great! Make sure you register before you come to tryouts. Currently there are 450 players registered for our U10-U14 tryouts and around 140 of those will make one of our 14 teams at the younger age groups. There are limited spots in the older age groups with those tryouts set to take place November 13th. We will be updating our exact needs in these older age group next week and we will try to set tryout times that do not overlap with other local clubs. If you’ve accepted a position at another club or do not plan to attend our tryout this year, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can take you off our tryout spreadsheet. That will help everyone. Thanks in advance.
Anna Brinkmann Commits To Northern Kentucky University!
Anna Brinkmann, OH/MB from Elevation 17-1 and Mason High School has committed to play for Northern Kentucky University! Anna will join coach Liz Hart and the Norse in 2018!
Elevation Tryouts are Coming!
U10 and U11 – Saturday, Oct 29th 1-4pm
(2 teams per age group)
U12 – Saturday, Oct 29th 9-noon
(3 teams will be selected)
U13 – Friday, October 28th from 7-9pm
U13 Callbacks – Sunday, Oct 30th from 3:30-6
(2 National and 1 American team selected)
U14 – Friday, October 28th from 4:30-6:30
U14 Callbacks – Sunday Oct 30th from 12-2:30
(3 National teams plus 1 American)
U15 – Sunday, November 13th TBD
(entire National team plus 1 hitter position)
U16 – Tuesday, November 15th TBD
U17 – Tuesday, November 15th TBD
(1 National Hitter and 1 National DS position)
U18 National Team – Tuesday, November 15th TBD
(all positions considered for National 2)
Haley Bergheger Commits to Georgetown
Haley Bergheger, DS/L for Elevation 17 Goller and Lakota West High School, has committed to Georgetown College! Haley will arrive just as former Elevation standout Courtney Grafton leaves the court for the Tigers at Libero. She will join Elevation setter Lindsay Leick who arrives in 2016 from Bishop Brossart HS. Georgetown is coming off an impressive 32-8 season in 2015 with a 2016 pre-season ranking of 7th in the country!
Ashley Brooks Commits to Wittenberg University
Ashley Brooks, setter for Elevation 16 Crofton and Mount Notre Dame High School, has committed to play volleyball for Wittenberg University in 2018. Ashley will play for Coach Paco Labrador who has amassed an amazing 406-62 record. The Tigers were National Runner-Up last season and 29-3 overall.
Elevation is still looking for players for 2017
Elevation will be holding tryouts for all of it’s U10-U14 teams in late October. We will also be holding tryouts for an entirely new 15 National team the 2nd week of November. In the 18 National age group we are looking to fill 4-5 positions through tryouts in November. We will consider verbal invitations for players who are an obvious match for our team. There are limited openings in the U16 and U17 National age groups and we will update these specific positions very soon. Tryout registrations will begin in September.
Elevation 14-1 Win National Championship is 14 USA!
Elevation 14 O’Conner Win National Championship in 14 Patriot!
Elevation 16 Garcia Win National Championship in 16 National!
Video: Elevation Wins at Nationals!
11 Amanda finished 7th out of 20 in 11 Patriot
12 Bergheger finished 29th out of 48 in 12 American
13 Korfhagen finished 15th out of 24 in 13 Open
14-1 finished 1st out of 36 in 14 USA
14 O’Conner finished 1st out of 61 in 14 Patriot
14 Downs finished 21st out of 54 in 14 American
15 Schaad finished 11th out of 36 in 15 Open
15 Reinert finished 9th out of 36 in 15 USA
15 Schnicke finished 5th out of 54 in 15 Patriot
16 Garcia finished 1st out of 48 in 16 National
16 Elias finished 31st out of 36 in 16 USA
16 Crofton finished 19th out of 59 in 16 Patriot
17 Goller finished 13th out of 48 in 17 National
17 Balice finished 34th out of 48 in 17 National
18 Lovett finished 15th out of 48 in 18 National
See the schedules and finishes here
13 Lippert Finishes 12th out of 96 Teams at AAU Nationals in Orlando!
Coach Suzy’s team had a very good week in Florida. On Sunday the girls won their 1st in pool of the event with wins over ECJCV, Muncianna, and Lanikai Athletic from Hawaii. On Day 2, the team went 2-1 finishing 2nd with a wins over Legacy and NETVC before falling to Milwaukee Sting (the eventual Silver champions). Day 3 was a big day where the final brackets get determined. The team ended up in a 3-way tie for 2nd place and needed a tie-breaker win against Ethos 13 Allstars. The team pulled out a nice victory in a 1 set playoff 25-17! That set up a 7pm showdown against undefeated Toa Baja Extreme for a Gold or Silver Bracket placement. Toa Baja proved to be too much this night as the girls took the #4 seed in the Silver Bracket on Wednesday. The first match of bracket play was against another local team in Tri-State 13 Blue. Elevation took that match 25-16 and 25-12 moving them to the semi-finals of Silver. That’s where their run ended with a loss to Tampa Elite U13 and a 3rd place finish (12th overall). The team is made up of Sara Hunt, Lucy King, Jules Fink, Audrey Zelczak, Meg Yuan, Emory Spitler, Megan Kelly, Sophia Germano, and Stephanie Martin. Way to end your season with a strong showing girls!
Alexis Adleta Commits to The University of Akron!
Alexis Adleta, an outside hitter on Elevation 17 Goller and Lakota East High School has committed to play her college volleyball at The University of Akron!
Brooke Westbeld and Edie Brewer Named to JVA All-National Team
13 Korfhagen take the Gold in 13 Open at Summerfest
It was a challenging start with a great finish for our 13’s in Columbus. Out of the gate the girls lost their 1st match of the tourney and then had to fight off a tough AVC team in 3 sets to make it out of their pool in 2nd place. At 2-1 the girls headed into bracket play as the #8 seed. Immediately they took out the #1 seed in straight sets beating undefeated PAK Elite 25-17, 25-23. The trend continued with another 25-14, 25-19 win in the semi’s over Dunes earning themselves a spot in the finals against Munciana who hadn’t seen more than 14 points scored on them in bracket play. All day Sunday our team controlled the ball and in turn controlled each match. Anna Currin led the way with an MVP type performance as the girls wouldn’t let the ball drop against Munciana and they rolled to a straight set championship 25-17 and 25-23 in 13 Open. The team is made up of Ally Christman, Claire Monti, Katie Biel, Hannah Bailey, Kaitlyn Brown, Izzy Mitchell, Megan Wielonski, Anna Currin, Lauren Statzer, and Faith Hess.
More Summerfest News
14-1 finished 4-2 and 6th in Gold. Winners of their crossover match against Alliance got them into Gold after wins over NKYVC and Munciana Chipmunks.
15 Schaad finished 6-1 and 1st in Silver. The team’s only loss came in the crossover match against Circle City after winning they 1st set 25-10. Wins over KIVA Red and AVC made it worth the trip.
16 Garcia finished 5-1 and 1st in Silver. Good wins over AVC, Tri-State, and Elite VBTC made for a good weekend but their sole loss was in a crossover match to Lexington United sending the team to Silver.
17 Goller finished 4-3 and 9th overall. Wins over NKYVC and KIVA White were nice but a loss to AVC in their Crossover sent them to Silver. Still a nice tourney for a team playing without a MB and making it work.
10 Amanda Win Regionals!
The 10’s went a perfect 5-0 on their way to an Ohio Valley Regional Championship on May 14th. The team is made up of Savannah Hudepohl, Charlie Meadoweal, Abby Yoder, Cate Freeman, Felicity Sui, Ella Mazurek, Madison Boehl, Jami Clark, Faith Rudowski. They are coached by Amanda Meadows, Austyn Phelps, and Eden Ross. They also get an Elevation Award for the most players not looking at the same camera for the website shot!
Edie Brewer, a RS/S who plays on Elevation 17 Goller and at Lakota East High School has committed to play for the Aggies at North Carolina A&T. The Aggies are a DI program in the MEAC Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Spenser Parks commits to Alabama A&M!
Spenser Parks, a MB from Elevation 18 Walters and Lakota East High School committed to play for DI Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Alabama. Spenser will be fortunate enough to play for one of the 1984 Olympic members, Rose Powell.
Prayers for the Lothrop Family
Elevation Volleyball is overwhelmingly saddened today with the passing of Liz Lothrop from a Glioblastoma brain tumor. Liz was a former player and simply a beautiful person. Liz’s battle has been well documented through 2 very serious diagnosis’ one of which she had beaten to return to the court in 2011 (picture above) inspiring countless people young and old. Please keep the Lothrop family in your prayers through this very difficult time.
Looking to play for Elevation in 2017? Please fill out a confidential Player Inquiry Form.
Invites for the Elevation U15 – U18 National teams go out in mid July. Elevation will be considering new players for the 2017 season this summer. Filling this form out is step 1 to being considered. In the U10 – U14 age groups teams are normally formed through tryouts in Late October but you can still fill this form out to receive updates when they are available. A separate tryout form will be coming in September.
15 Reinert Locks Down their Bid to Nationals!
It took an extra 3 weeks of practice and patience but 15 Reinert came through in the clutch and qualified for USA Nationals at the Northern Lights Qualifier in Minneapolis. In March the team produced a strong 5th place finish at MEQ but that left the girls just out of a bid in Indy. The team was then poised to qualify at the OVR Bid Tourney as a top seed 3 weeks ago but the girls suffered their toughest weekend as a team in Columbus and again were out of the bid. They returned to the gym and put all of their focus on the NLQ which would be their last shot to qualify. 3 weeks later and a 10 hour trip north and the girls have their USA Bid! Wins over Madfrog, Lonestar 15 Elite , and Wisconsin Jr’s 15 Elite were the highlight matches this weekend that will send the girls to Indy. The team is made up of Jada Brewer, Amelia Rye, Isabelle Meehan, Samantha Wolf, Emily Earnst, Ashley McDonald, Grace Gourley, Evie Racadio, and Caroline Bentley. The team is coached by Brittany Reinert and Betsy Markham. Elevation now has 11 teams qualified which is a club record!
Follow Elevation 18 Lovett at USA Nationals April 29-May 1 in Milwaukee!
Good luck to Brooke Westbeld, Sabrina Wolf, Jamie Peterson, Sydney Mukes, Dani Szczepanski, Janelle Tobler, Kelly Cameron, Jordan Fry, and Claire Tulisiak as they play their last JO tourney of their careers. Good luck ladies! See their results here.
Megan Kaufman Commits to Tennessee Chatanooga!
Megan Kaufman, Libero for Elevation 17 Goller and Lakota West High School, has committed to play her college volleyball at The University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Megan will join Elevation 18-1 MB Dani Szczepanski on the Mocs squad in 2017 playing for SoCon Coach of the Year Travis Filar. The girls will get to see fellow Elevation alum and current SoCon Player of the Year Annie Bierman, also from Lakota West, who plays at Furman. Congratulation Megan!
Baby Brayden William Farley
Congratulations to Coach Rachael and Corie Farley on the arrival of baby Brayden! Born April 11th at 8:16pm weighing in at 8lbs, 9oz, and at 21.5 inches long.
12 Bergheger punches their ticket to Nationals!
Elevation was once again involved in a number of meaningful matches on Sunday afternoon at the OVR Bid Tournament. None were more fun the watch than the 12’s as they took out Mintonette and CVC to earn an American Bid to Indianapolis. The team is made up of Hannah Maziar, Natalie Shimrock, Janie Rumely, Mo Turner, Avery Glynn, Sophia Hudepohl, Emily Morgan, Josie Giesting, Payton Deidesheimer, and Maria Chesko. Great job girls!
5 More Bids for the Elevation Nation! 16 Headed to Indy So Far!
Congratulations to 5 more teams who qualified at the Bid Tournament in Columbus on April 9-10. 16 Garcia made a perfect run through their weekend going 9-0 and 18-0 in sets earning a National Bid knocking off CVC in the final. In the 17’s division Elevation had 2 teams seeded in the top 5 heading in to the weekend and both finished in the top 3! 17 Goller took 2nd place and earned a National Bid while 17 Balice finished in 3rd place with an American Bid. 14-1 coached by Brooke Maher and Dani Reinert went an impressive 8-1 and 17-3 in sets taking home an American Bid while 12 Bergheger went 6-1 and 14-2 in sets with their American Bid. With an additional 6 teams registered for the Patriot Division we have 16 teams from the Elevation Nation in Indy this year. Exactly what we set out to do last August! Great job!
Claire Tulisiak Commits to Kent State!
Claire Tulisiak, DS/L for Elevation 18-1 and Ursuline Academy has committed to play her college volleyball at Kent State University! Claire will join Head Coach Don Gramala and the Golden Flashes in the MAC Conference this fall!
It was an amazing Easter weekend in Atlanta. Easter Eggs and team dinner on Saturday night, Gold Ball Trophies and Medals on Sunday! Elevation ran through the field on Day 1 and 2 at the World Congress Center beating OVA Asics Red, OVA Tampa, Lonestar 15 Endless Pursuit, and Triangle 15 Black. Day 3 saw a bid opportunity slip away temporarily with the team’s 1st loss in their Gold Medal Pool forcing a must win against A5 to take back the pool. It took a great amount of mental fortitude and a peak performance but the Elevation Nation came through and dominated A5 in 2 sets winning Big South in 15 Open! The team is made up of Maggie King, Maggie Huber, Logan Case, Shannon Gormally, Julia Wilkins, Kiera Merkle, Stevie Wolf, Joey Hindersman, Haley Brown, and Marie Plitt. The team is coached by Lisa Schaad and Marshal Luning.
U15 – U18 Mideast Qualifier Results
16 Elias Earns a Bid To Indy!
Elevation was well represented in Indy for the Mideast Qualifier and our teams competed extremely hard. The teams were a combined 63-23 on the weekend with 4 teams in the Gold Bracket going for Bids on Sunday. 16 Elias earned a USA Bid with their 3rd place finish while 15 Schaad was one spot away from their Open Bid. 16 Garcia kept their Open Bid hopes alive with a great tourney in 16 Open and 15 Reinert was one spot short after a tough 3 set loss in the quarters to Asics MAVS from KC.
15 Reinert finished 7-1 and 5th in Gold
15 Schaad finished 7-2 and 3rd in Gold
15 Schnicke finished 7-2 and 1st in Bronze
16 Elias finished 7-3 and 3rd in Gold
16 Garcia finished 7-1 and 5th in Gold
16 Crofton finished 5-3 and 9th in Silver
17 Balice finished 7-2 and 1st in Silver
17 Goller finished 5-3 and 1st in Bronze
18 Lovett finished 7-2 and 2nd in Silver
18 Walters finished 4-4 and 1st in Emerald
U12 – U14 NEQ Results from Philadelphia
14 Downs brings home the Gold!
13 Korfhagen Qualifies in 13 Open!
Elevation was an impressive 40-10 losing only 1 match to an east coast team. Of the other 9 losses, most were to teams from North Texas and 1 to a team from Puerto Rico. 8 of the 10 match losses were to eventual gold bracket winners!
12 Bergheger went 4-4 finishing 3rd in 12 National.
13 Korfhagen went 8-1 finishing 2nd in 13 Open.
13 Lippert went 7-1 finishing 3rd in 13 American.
14 Downs went 10-0 finishing 1st in 14 American.
14 O’Connor went 6-1 finishing 5th in 14 USA.
14 Maher went 5-3 finishing 3rd in 14 Open.
13 Korfhagen 14 Downs
Bluegrass Pre-Qualifier Results
12 Bergheger and 16 Elias bring home the Gold!
Elevation teams went 86-42 on the weekend with 9 teams earning a Gold division spot out of our 20 teams that attended!
11 Amanda went 6-1 finishing 2nd out of 32 in 12 Club
12 Bergheger went 6-0 finishing 1st out of 24 in 12 Premier
12 Pete went 5-1 finishing 3rd out of 32 in 12 Club
13 Korfhagen went 3-3 finishing 14th out of 24 in 13 Open
13 Lippert went 3-3 finishing 11th out of 32 in 13 Premier
13 Shircliff went 5-2 finishing 9th out of 32 in 13 Club
14-1 went 3-4 finishing 21st out of 36 in 14 Open
14 O’Connor went 2-4 finishing 19th out of 36 in 14 Open
14 Downs went 5-1 finishing 5th out of 32 in 14 Premier
15 Schaad went 6-1 finishing 3rd out of 36 in 15 Open
15 Reinert went 2-4 finishing 19th out of 36 in 15 Open
15 Schnicke went 5-1 finishing 5th out of 36 in 15 Premier
16 Garcia went 5-3 finishing 10th out of 36 in 16 Open
16 Elias went 7-0 finishing 1st out of 32 in 16 Premier
16 Crofton went 4-3 finishing 10th out of 32 in 16 Premier
17 Goller went 5-1 finishing 5th out of 36 in 17 Open
17 Balice went 5-1 finishing 3rd out of 32 in 17 Premier
18 Lovett went 4-3 finishing 17th out of 36 in 18 Open
18 Walters went 2-3 finishing 29th out of 32 in 18 Premier
12 Pete come home winners on Feb 28th!
Megan Kissel Commits to Cincinnati!
Megan Kissel, a 6’2″ Junior MB from Elevation 17 Goller and CHCA has committed to play at the University of Cincinnati. Megan will join Elevation Class of 2015 and current UC freshman Libero Abby Williams along with Class of 2018 commit Sabrina Wolf as new Bearcats. Congratulations Megan!
13 Korfhagen Make it 2 in a Row!
13 Korfhagen has come out on fire this year competing in a National Challenge and President’s Cup. The team won both tournaments and have only dropped one set all year! Good matches with Toledo VBC and Mintonette have gone our way including a 15-12 third set win over Mintonette to take the Gold in Dayton with 2 players sidelined! Great job girls!
President’s Cup Finishes
Our teams were 82-34 in Dayton and Chicago making the finals in 5 of the 9 divisions we played including 3 champions (13’s, 15’s, 17’s)!
11 Amanda went 3-3 and finished 6th in Silver playing 12’s in Dayton
12 Bergheger went 5-1 and finished 2nd in Gold in Dayton
12 Middy went 2-4 and finished 1st in Bronze in Dayton
13 Korfhagen went 6-0 and finished 1st in Gold in Dayton
13 Lippert went 3-3 and finished 5th in Silver in Dayton
13 Shircliff was 3rd in Bronze in Columbus
14 Maher-Reinert went 5-1 and finished 5th in Gold in Dayton
14 O’Connor went 6-1 and finished 3rd in Gold in Dayton
14 Downs went 2-4 and finished 5th in Silver in Dayton
14 Ketron finished 5th in Bronze in Columbus
15 Schaad went 7-1 and finished 2nd in Gold in Chicago
15 Reinert went 8-0 and finished 1st in Gold in Dayton
15 Schnicke went 5-3 and finished 2nd in Silver in Dayton
16 Garcia went 6-2 and finished 4th in Gold in Chicago
16 Elias went 5-1 and finished 9th in Gold in Dayton
16 Crofton went 4-4 and finished 1st in Bronze in Dayton
17 Goller went 7-0 and finished 1st in Gold in Dayton
17 Balice went 5-2 and finished 3rd in Gold in Dayton
18 Walters went 3-4 and finished 2nd in Bronze in Dayton
12 Pete donating some of their time outside volleyball to provide meals and serve others in our city.
12 Pete: Julia Grandstaff, Ava Franke, Anna Fox, Leah Fortner, Audrey Planner, Hannah Ruschman, Brooklyne Darby, Haley Taylor, Rose Rye, Bridget Brus
Haley Stewart Commits to play at Miami University!
Haley Stewart an All-City MB from Wyoming High School and Elevation 18 Walters has committed to play at Miami University. Congratulations Haley!
Elevation 18’s looking to Qualify
The U18 age group is in high gear already with the changes that were made for Nationals. This year the U18 nationals will take place the 1st week of May instead of the last week in June (what a great decision!). Our teams are already playing qualifiers hoping to end their careers with a trip to Nationals. 18 Lovett (pictured above with their Lady Sharon’s Brigade t-shirts in support of Sharon Mukes as she deals with her 2nd bout with cancer). The team went gone 6-0 on the 1st 2 days winning both of their pools in Columbus and held #1 seed heading into bracket play on Sunday. On Sunday the girls let a 23-19 lead go in the set of and lost finishing in 3rd place. A great tourney but no Bid so far. 18 Walters finished 2nd on Day 1 and 2nd on Day 2 after a 2 match tie-breaker making them the #5 seed in the Gold bracket on Sunday. On Sunday, the girls played 1st Alliance 18 Black from Chicago and lost a tough 3 set match to finish 5th overall in the tourney.
Here We Go!
The 2016 has officially started and here are the finished from Jan 23-24 weekend
14-1 finished 10th at Central Zones in Indy
15 Schaad finished 1st at Winterfest
15 Reinert finished 3rd at Winterfest
15 Schnicke finished 7th at Winterfest
16 Garcia finished 5th at Central Zones
16 Elias finished 5th at Winterfest
16 Crofton finished 11th at Winterfest
17 Goller finished 1st at Winterfest
17 Balice finished 3rd at Winterfest
18 Lovett finished 2nd at Winterfest
18 Walters finished 12th at Winterfest
Out of 68 teams at Winterfest, 15 Schaad was the only team in any age group not to drop a match all weekend! In fact, no one took a set from our girls!
Lindsay Leick Commits to play at Georgetown College!
Senior setter Lindsay Leick from Bishop Brossert and Elevation 18 Walters has committed to play for Georgetown College. Lindsay will join former Elevation standout Courtney Grafton and her 32-8 Tigers next year. Congratulations Lindsay!
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.
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!)
Positionals and Conditioning Workouts
Nov 23rd – Dec 23rd
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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