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The passing of Donna Mayer

It is with heavy hearts that we here at the Gateway Region are writing to inform you of the passing of long-time Region Coordinator and Registrar, Donna Mayer. Donna worked for the Gateway Region for 22 years. To say that Donna has played a paramount role in the operations of the Region would be a huge understatement.  Donna has become everyone's friend and many relied on her for handling most of their volleyball questions. She will be remembered for her kindness, patience, and love for the Gateway volleyball community. If you wish to send anything to express your condolences, please send it to the office and we will personally deliver to her home in order to respect the privacy of the Mayer family.

Visitation arrangements may be found here:

USAV the Weekly - April 5, 2019

Let It Snow: Three U.S. Teams Begin Play in Italy
Three U.S. teams are in Italy this weekend for the second tour event.  MORE

Women’s Sitting Team Hosting Ukraine April 11-14
The U.S. and Ukrainian teams will play at the University of Central Oklahoma. MORE

Six Junior Leaders Being Honored at Hall of Fame
The six awardees comprise the Junior Assembly Leadership Awards category.  MORE

U.S. Collegiate National Team-Anaheim Roster Named
The 28-player team will train June 23-29 and hold a public scrimmage June 28 . MORE

U.S. Women Win Silver in the Snow
Team USA lost to Russia in the final. MORE

Adams, Hancock Win CEV Challenge Cup Title
Adams and Hancock sparked Saugella Team Monza to victory. MORE

John Kessel: A Thank You Letter to My Teams
Steal all or part of this letter to give to your teams as the club season ends for many. MORE

All Events Calendar | U.S. National Beach Tour

April 4-8 … FIVB Battambang 1-star
April 5 … High Performance Girls Tryout in Atlanta
April 5 … High Performance Girls Tryout in Kansas City
April 5-7 … FIVB/CEV Snow Volleyball Austria
April 6-8 … Big South Girls Qualifier (15-18s)
April 6-8 … SCVA Girls Qualifier (15-17s)
April 7 … Beach HP Tryout in Florida
April 7-8 … Show Me Girls Qualifier (15-17s)
April 8-11 … FIVB Satun 1-star
April 11-14 … FIVB Langkawi 1-star
April 11 … High Performance Girls Tryout in Atlanta
April 11 … High Performance Girls Tryout in Kansas City
April 12-14 … Big South Girls Qualifier (11-14s)
April 12 … High Performance Girls Tryout in Philadelphia
April 12 … High Performance Girls Tryout in Dallas
April 12 … High Performance Girls Tryout in Reno
April 12-14 … Show Me Girls Qualifier (11-14s, 18 Club)
April 12-14 … SCVA Girls Qualifier (11-14s)
April 13-15 … Far West Girls Qualifier (11-14s, 15 American)
April 13-15 … Lone Star Classic Girls Qualifier (11-14s)
April 13-15 … Northeast Girls Qualifier (11-14s)
April 14 … High Performance Girls Tryout in Las Vegas

  • Emerson College Senior Sets New Career Milestone Berkeley Beacon
  • Taryn Kloth Wins Big East Postgraduate Leadership Award The Collegian
  • Quincy University Hires Mark Jones As Head Women’s Coach  Whig-Herald
  • Americans at First-ever Snow Volleyball World Tour Stop  – Washington Post
  • Travis Hudson Named to CNT-Anaheim Coaching Staff  – WBKO
  • Purdue’s Blake Mohler Named to CNT-Anaheim Roster  – WLFI
  • Izzy Guzik’s Arrival in Oxford a Big Culture Change from San Diego  – The Daily Mississippian
  • Pacific Palisades is Trying to Reconnect With Its Legacy of Volleyball GreatnessLos Angeles Times
  • Creighton’s Cole and Davis Both Part of CNT-Anaheim Roster  – Go Creighton
  • Christa Dietzen Bringing Give It Back Foundation Camp to Western Pennsylvania  – Trib Live
  • Loyola Assistant Beach Coach Besti Flint Aspires to Make 2020 Olympics  – LA Loyolan
  • Matt Anderson’s Road to Success Came Through Hard Work and TragedyDaily Collegian
  • What I Know About Surviving in Sekiro I Learned on the Volleyball Court  – Kotaku
  • How Volleyball Helped Lay the Foundation of Baylor Basketball’s Return to the Final Four Sports Day
  • Boys Volleyball Gets an Audition at Niwot in ColoradoLeft Hand Valley Courier
  • Florida State’s Payton Caffrey Making Smooth Transition From Indoor to Beach  Tallahassee Democrat
  • It Runs in the Family: Matthew Ctvrtlik’s Journey to the Ivy LeagueThe Crimson
  • Nebraska Volleyball Back Inside Searching for Ways to Close Gap for Losses of Foecke and Malone  – Journal Star
  • Loyola Men’s Volleyball Growing in Popularity But Still Trails Men’s Basketball  – Loyola Phoenix


USAV Updates to Regional VB Associations

SIESTA KEY TO HOST USA NATIONAL BEACH TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 2018 USA National Beach Tour Championships has selected Siesta Key, Florida, as host for the juniors’ event set for July 19-24. The tournament expects to feature over 400 boys’ and girls’ teams from across the country ranging in age from 10-18. MORE

VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE TICKETS ON SALE: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will return to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 2018 as it hosts a four-team round-robin pod May 15-17 in the opening week of the new FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL). The U.S. Women will host Italy, Turkey and Poland. To purchase tickets for this event, click here. Iran, Poland and Serbia will join the U.S. Men’s National Team for three days of FIVB Volleyball Nations League matches on June 15-17, 2018 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. To purchase tickets for this event, click here.

USAV DIG DEEPER Newsletter April 2018




Blocking Middle
Learn 10 keys to blocking middle from three-time Olympian Heather Bown. She was a starting middle blocker on the U.S. Women's National Team for 10 years, plus she mentored Foluke Akinradewo, and that turned out pretty well. #ThrowbackThursday

Check out Heather's keys to blocking middle success.

Mental Injuries
Physical injuries are common in volleyball and all sports, but how do you recover from a mental injury? Superstars Carli Lloyd and Dustin Watten share their experiences and advice.

Take control of your mental game.

Carli Lloyd

The Lost Art of Shot-making: Terminate the Ball
Written by USAV High Performance coach Chris Larson, this article discusses tools for making better shots at the net, making you a more creative and wily hitter.

Terminate it!




Beach HP Selection Camps
USA Volleyball is hosting selection camps ahead of the spring Beach National Qualifiers (BNQs). There are seven selection camps in total, two in April. Find out more.

  • April 6 ... Santa Cruz Main Beach, California
  • April 6 ... Beach South Sandy Camp and Pinetop Club, North Carolina

USA National Beach Tour/BNQs
The new USA National Beach Tour is underway, as are Beach National Qualifiers. Moster blocks await on the beach ... sign up for the tour and the qualifiers.

  • April 7 ... Beach South VB BNQ
  • April 7-8 ... Northern California BNQ
  • April 15 ... Florida USAV Beach Series - SSOVA
  • April 28 ... Gulf Coast Region Beach Series
  • April 29 ... Arizona BNA (12U and 16U)

Indoor HP Tryouts: Register
There are 12 indoor HP tryouts for girls across the country in the month of April, with cities including Philadelphia, Kansas City, Dallas, Minneapolis and more. There are also a handful of events left in March. Check the schedule, then register.


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Collegiate National Team


  • Check out the roster for the 12-player U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team China Tour (CNT-China), comprised of current collegiate players who will train and compete in China from May 20-31.





College Recruiting Series No. 1
From our partners at SI Play and NCSA: Navigating through the recruiting process can be difficult. It's hard to know where it begins, what's expected of you, or even what your step-by-step game plan should be. Here are some beginner tips and tricks.


You've just finished an exceptionally hard practice ... or maybe you won a five-set match. Either way, it's time to eat. But, what's your best choice for food to replenish what you've lost? Fill up on these proteins and carbs.


The new SafeSport training course is now available in the USAV Academy. Coaches need to complete all three sections, which can be accessed through our training website. Direct questions to



NCAA Beach Championships


Will USC three-peat, or will a new champion be crowned at this year's championship? BLOCK May 4-6 on your calendar and purchase your tickets to see the champions crowned in Gulf Shores, Ala.




See the Best
Get tickets to great volleyball this spring and summer, including Girls '18s, GJNC and the new FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

  • Girls' 18 ... April 27-29 ... Anaheim, Calif. Tickets
  • FIVB Volleyball Nations League (w) ... May 15-17 ... Lincoln, Neb. Tickets
  • FIVB Volleyball Nations League (m) ... June 15-17 ... Hoffman Estates, Ill. Tickets
  • GJNC June 25-July 4 ... Detroit, Mich. Tickets (Advanced ticket sales open March 23!)




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Get A Wicked Float Serve
Legendary coaches Hugh McCutcheon, John Speraw and Karch Kiraly, and players Kim Hill and FIVB Best Server April Ross, give you keys to developing a serve that will baffle your opponents.

The critical toss


Set Like a Pro
Two-time Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Berg shares 10 tips that will help you make a difference on the court. Learn how you can build a rapport with your hitters by knowing their strengths and weaknesses.

Be a leader

Prepare For HP Tryouts With These Tips from Coaches
Are you interested in preparing for the High Performance pipeline? Here are tips on what HP coach evaluators are looking for in a potential national-level player.

Defining an indoor High Performance athlete

Yoga Master
Yoga can help increase your flexibility and strength, improve balance and help prevent injuries. Olympian Kayla Barnwarth demonstrates the top five yoga poses for volleyball players. Take time out of your day for these exercises.

Threading the needle

Foam Rolling Exercises
USA Volleyball Beach National Team athlete Emily Day shows you seven useful foam rolling exercises. In a bonus move, she's throwing in two tennis ball exercises for your pecs and rhomboid. 

Roll on it



Girls 18s

Girls' 18s
The third edition of the USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championships kicks off tomorrow in Anaheim. USAV will be on hand with live streaming, results, photos and more.

Follow @USAVolleyball on Snapchat, Instagram Stories and Facebook Live for behind-the-scenes fun! Share your posts with us using #GJNC18.

Live streaming begins Friday, including a two-hour practice by the U.S. Women's National Team on the championship court at 9 a.m. Pacific. Championship matches are on Sunday.


Beach Camps
USA Volleyball is hosting selection camps ahead of the spring Beach National Qualifiers (BNQs). There are two more camps in May. Find out more.

Get evaluated for 2018 national beach programming at the Spring Open National Skills Assessment Camp in Playa Del Rey, Calif., May 18.


USA National Beach Tour/BNQs
The USA National Beach Tour is underway, as are Beach National Qualifiers.


Indoor HP Tryouts
There is just one more Indoor HP tryout for girls on the schedule: this Sunday in Las Vegas.





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College Recruiting Series No. 2
From our partners at SI Play and NCSA: A major aspect of the recruiting process is understanding the importance of technology. Did you know that many coaches do their initial evaluation of recruits online? Get online or get in line!



I see coconut water everywhere; it's all the rage! Are there benefits to drinking coconut water over regular water? Learn the pros and cons of this latest trend.



Have you witnessed or experienced abuse? File a report.






See the Best
Get tickets to great volleyball this spring and summer.

    • FIVB Volleyball Nations League (w) ... May 15-17 ... Lincoln, Neb. Tickets
    • FIVB Volleyball Nations League (m) ... June 15-17 ... Hoffman Estates, Ill. Tickets
    • GJNC June 25-July 4 ... Detroit, Mich. Tickets








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