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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 on February 10, 2019. 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 - May 17, 2019

USA Volleyball Partners with SportsEngine
SportsEngine will be USA Volleyball’s member management technology provider for its members and clubs.  MORE

Reno-Tahoe to Host 2020 Girls 18s Junior Nationals
The event will be held May 1-3, 2020, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. MORE

Beach Update: U.S. Sending Nine Teams to Worlds
Alix Klineman/April Ross and Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb are the top U.S. seeds.  MORE

U.S. Women Finalize 25-Player VNL Roster
The U.S. women host Korea, Germany and Brazil in Nebraska June 4-6. MORE

U.S. Men’s Trio Wins Inaugural Beach ParaVolley Event
Eric Duda, Dave Newkirk and Chris Seilkop brought it home for Team USA. MORE

Hill/Lowe Win Italian Gold; Five Americans Win German Gold
The last pro match of the 2018-19 season will be May 18 in Berlin. MORE

Men’s Junior Team Finishes Pan Am Cup Fifth
Ryan Wilcox, Garland Peed and Brett Wildman all won individual awards. MORE

Winners Repeat at Beach Collegiate Championships
LSU’s Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss won gold for the women. MORE

LMU’s Doud/Slattery Make Most of Opportunity
Competing in Hermosa Beach gave the duo a taste of the postseason. MORE

All Events Calendar | U.S. National Beach Tour

May 15-19 … FIVB Itapema 4-star
May 17 … Beach HP Tryout North Carolina
May 18-19 … Carolina Grand Slam BNQ
May 18-19 … Galveston Island BNQ
May 22 … USA Volleyball Hall of Fame at the Boyce Banquet (tickets available)
May 22-26 … FIVB Jinjiang 4-star
May 24 … Beach HP Tryout Georgia
May 24-29 … USA Volleyball Open National Championships
May 24-26 … Men’s Sitting Team hosts Canada
May 24-26 … Women’s Sitting Team hosts Russia
May 25-26 … OVR Cincinnati BNQ
May 25-27 … Boys East Coast Championships Bid Tournament
May 25-27 … Gateway Open BNQ
May 25-27 … Southern Region Rally BNQ
May 27 … Beach HP Tryout Missouri

  • “Skye’s” the Limit for Beach ParaVolley Team Member Skye McDermott (video) WKOW
  • Downers Grove Senior Savoring Final Volleyball Season Daily Herald
  • Minnesota’s Kasson-Mantorville Headed to First-Ever State Volleyball Tournament   Post Bulletin
  • 20 Ace Action Shots from the Collegiate Beach Championships –
  • Northeastern HS Volleyball Star To Keep Family Tradition Alive at DI School (video) – York Daily Record
  • Tokyo Olympics Would Be Extra Sweet for Erik and Kawika Shoji
  • DeFalco, Tuaniga Master Plan Worked Out  – The 562
  • East Ohio Force 17U Black Team Wins Ohio Valley Region TitleThe Daily Jeff
  • Las Vegas Boys Team Rallies Around Star Player with Autism (video)  – Fox5Vegas
  • Gong Li to Star in Chinese Volleyball Biopic – Hollywood Reporter
  • URI Men’s Club Team Wins First National Title at NCVF  – URI Today
  • Gavilan Beach Volleyball Makes HistoryGilroy Dispatch
  • Carson Boys Volleyball Regains Championship Form with Division I Crown  – Daily Breeze
  • Los Altos and Super-Freshman Jordan Lucas Win Division 4 Boys Volleyball TitleSGV Tribune

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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