The JVA AthLeader Award selects male and female indoor and beach junior volleyball athletes who exemplify academic excellence, leadership, responsibility, and selflessness

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As an organization committed to the growth and development of junior volleyball, we value the commitment and achievement of our JVA athletes. This award recognizes the top JVA member club players in the nation for outstanding achievement outside of the volleyball court in the 15s-18s age divisions.


Players graduating High School in 2026, 2025, 2024 and 2023 are eligible for nomination by a JVA Club Director or Club Administrator. Nominees display leadership, responsibility, and success in extracurricular activities (i.e. volunteer work, honor roll, class officer, musical achievements, etc). Nominations will require the player’s name, club, team, and a list of accolades earned outside of the volleyball court. Limit 3 female athletes per age division per club and 3 male athletes per age division per club.

Nomination Period

Nominations will be accepted April 3-April 28, 2023.

Selection Process

Awardees will be chosen by the JVA Awards Committee and announced in May 2023.


Winners will be presented with an award and a gift from Fivestar and the JVA.

2022 JVA AthLeader Award Winners

Nathen TothOutside Hitter, Beach PlayerUltimate Volleyball ClubChicago, IL
Mike AndersonOutside Hitter, Middle Blocker,MN SelectMaple Grove, MN
Avery JacksonOutside HitterMadFrogDallas, TX
Sabine KanzSetter, Outside HitterSynergyForce VBCRocklin, CA
Bella LinebergerSetterTriangle Volleyball ClubMorrisville, NC
Madisyn (Maddie) HendersonLibero/DSWisconsin Juniors Volleyball ClubPleasant Prairie, WI
Jessica HorwathOutside Hitter, Beach PlayerProgression Beach VolleyballChicago, IL
Kiah JacksonMiddle BlockerThe Academy Volleyball ClubIndianapolis, IN
Sami KlineMiddle BlockerTriangle Volleyball ClubMorrisville, NC
Hannah MorrowSetterTriangle Volleyball ClubMorrisville, NC
Kaitlyn ThickOutside HitterNew WAVEDarien, IL
Katherine YanniOutside HitterPittsburgh Elite Volleyball AssociationPittsburgh, PA
Eve MartinSetterLegacy Volleyball ClubNovi, MI
Kaitlin FasbenderMiddle BlockerThe Academy Volleyball ClubIndianapolis, IN
Marcella IngramOutside Hitter, Libero/DSRocket City Volleyball ClubHuntsville, AL
Gavin LaurieSetterMOD Volleyball ClubChicago, IL
Caroline LucasMiddle BlockerCarolina One VolleyballMauldin, SC
Aubrie MooreOutside HitterSynergyForce VBCRocklin, CA
Ellie OyebodeOpposite/Right SideColumbia Volleyball AcademyColumbia, MD
Alex RosenowLibero/DSClub 1Plainfield, IL

Past JVA AthLeaders


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