The JVA is pleased to announce the indoor junior volleyball athletes selected as 2020 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders. This year the JVA awards committee has selected 6 male and 20 female student athletes who are at the top of their class, and along with academic excellence, they exemplify outstanding volleyball performance, leadership, responsibility, and selflessness.

Through the tumultuous club season, this year’s honorees have displayed consistency in their dedication, hard work, and discipline as well-rounded high school student-athletes. The JVA received several hundred nominees from JVA Club Directors across the country of individuals that go above and beyond to positively represent their club.

As coaches, we can get tied up in the x’s and o’s of the game and sometimes lose sight of the initiatives our student athletes have taken the lead on outside of the gym” says JVA Director of Member Development Lisa Wielebnicki.  “The determination and perseverance exemplified by student athletes is an uplifting note in these challenging times. Their achievements are nothing short of inspiring, dedicated, and selfless, as they have made a tremendous footprint not only in their schools, but also in their communities.  Please take the time to read about these deserving athletes as we can all take away something positive in what they are doing to develop their future and give back to society.”

We will honor the recipients of this award during the Virtual JVA Player Awards Reception on June 23rd at 2:00 PM ET. More details of the live stream Reception will be available soon. Click HERE to learn more about the award

2020 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders

Hannah Behrmann – 2022 Setter. Carolina Union VBC (NC)
Dominique Browder – 2021 Middle Blocker. Sports Performance (IL)
Leah Bylut – 2021 Libero/Defensive Specialist. Sports Performance (IL)
Brooke Christensen – 2022 Outside Hitter. MN Select Volleyball Club (MN)
Jacob Craig – 2020 Libero/Defensive Specialist. Richmond Volleyball Club (VA)
Jacob Craig – 2020 Outside Hitter. High Performance St. Louis (MO)
Eleanor Davis – 2020 Middle Blocker. PNK (KY)
Gracie DiNardo – 2022 Opposite/Right Side. Lexington United (KY)
Ian Glashagel – 2021 Opposite/Right Side. Club 1 (IL)
Rielee Gourde – 2023 Libero /Defensive Specialist Excel NW VBC (WA)
Amelia Hammond – 2021 Opposite/Right Side. Triangle Volleyball Club (NC)
Jessica Horwath – 2023 Outside Hitter. Sky High (IL)
Lauryn Jeffries – 2021 Libero/Defensive Specialist. Impact Volleyball Academy (FL)
Raleigh Kuipers – 2021 Setter. Michigan Volleyball Academy (MI)
Becca Mack – 2021 Outside Hitter. Impact Volleyball Academy (FL)
Sarah Morbitzer – 2020 Libero/Defensive Specialist. Mintonette Sports (OH)
Hannah Rose Morrow – 2023 Setter. NC Volleyball Academy (NC)
Mason Mortimer – 2021 Opposite/Right Side. MN Select Volleyball Club (MN)
Laughlin Murray – 2021 Setter. Carolina Union VBC (NC)
Elizabeth Norris – 2020 Setter. Michigan Elite VBA (MI)
Sally North – 2021 Middle Blocker. Dallas Premier VBC (TX)
Bella Ray – 2020 Middle Blocker. Club 1 (IL)
Ryan Rebne – 2020 Setter. Triangle Volleyball Club (NC)
Lauren Stemple – 2022 Setter. Excel NW VBC (WA)
Piper Stevens – 2021 Outside Hitter. Surfside Volleyball Club (CA)
James Zippay – 2022 Opposite/Right Side. High Performance STL (MO)

Congratulations to the 2020 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders.  Continue on the exemplary paths you are on, we need more leaders like you.

To view more information on each honoree, click HERE. For more related reading 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 1,300 clubs, is the only organization that is focused entirely on youth and junior volleyball.