The JVA has selected 20 girls indoor junior volleyball players who exemplify outstanding volleyball performance, academic excellence, leadership, responsibility, and selflessness as the 2018 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders.

This year’s honorees display the incredible dedication, hard work, and discipline that it takes to excel as a well-rounded high school student-athlete. 

As an association that promotes best practices, we are very proud to recognize these young women who contribute so much to their schools, churches and communities,” says JVA Executive Director Jenny Hahn. “They don’t leave their passion on the court, they carry it into their community and are exhibiting the life lessons that are learned through sports every day.”

The Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders represent a variety of JVA member clubs nationwide. All honorees are freshman, sophomores or juniors in high school during the 2017-2018 school year. Recipients of this award will be presented with an award at the JVA Player Awards Reception on June 23rd at 2:30 PM ET during the AAU National Championships in Orlando, FL. Click HERE to learn more about the award.

2018 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders

Abigail Baur – Club West, 2019 Opposite/Right Side
Kace Boland – Virginia Elite, 2019 Middle Blocker
Maddie Bryant – Upward Stars Upward Stars, 2019 Libero/Defense Specialist
Sydney Cripps – Team Indiana , 2019 Middle Blocker
Kate Gregory – Division1 VBC, 2019 Middle Blocker
Brynn Moore – Triangle Volleyball Club, 2019 Outside Hitter
Katharine Olcott – La Jolla Volleyball Club, 2019 Outside Hitter
Maddie Schaefer – MN Select, 2019 Setter
Kaitlyn Suhr – Club Fusion Volleyball, 2019 Setter
Annika Altekruse – Sports Performance, 2020 Outside Hitter
Taylor Babec – Eichs Volleyball, 2020 Middle Blocker
Priya Dave’ – Club Fusion Batavia, 2020 Setter
Skye Ferris – Dulles Volleyball, 2020 Outside Hitter
Elizabeth Patterson – Southern Performance VBC, 2020 Setter
Lindsay Rock – Eich’s Volleyball Club, 2020 Outside Hitter
Chandler Vaughan – Virginia Elite, 2020 Setter
Faith Barrineau – Carolina One Volleyball, 2021 Setter
Tatum Otolski – Michigan Volleyball Academy, 2021 Middle Blocker
Jill Snyder – The Academy Volleyball Club, 2021 Libero/Defense Specialist
Krystal Villanueva – Carolina One Volleyball, 2021 Libero/Defense Specialist

To view more information on each honoree, click HERE. For more information on JVA awards click HERE.

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About the Junior Volleyball Association

The Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the growth of youth and junior volleyball through program and resource development, education and events. The organization was formed in 2006 with a primary focus of being a voice for junior volleyball club directors and coaches, and to this day, with nearly 1,200 clubs, is the only organization that is focused entirely on youth and junior volleyball.