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

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 2025, 2024, 2023 and 2022 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 4-April 29, 2022.

Selection Process

Awardees will be chosen by the JVA Awards Committee and announced in May 2022.


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

2021 JVA AthLeader Award Winners

Libby BarrineauOutside Hitter, Libero/Defense SpecialistCarolina One VolleyballGreenville, SC
Olivia KellySetter, Opposite/Right Side, Libero/Defense Specialist, BeachAlabama PerformanceTrussville, AL
Tia ZandersonOpposite/Right SideEVC (Eich's Volleyball Club)Plainfield, IL
Jessica HorwathOutside Hitter1st Alliance Volleyball ClubWoodridge, IL
Sydney RossMiddle Blocker, Opposite/Right SideTriangle Volleyball ClubMorrisville, NC
Tess BottomsLibero/Defense SpecialistUltimate Volleyball ClubFrankfort, IL
Audrey DellaVedovaOpposite/Right SideTstreet Volleyball ClubIrvine, CA
Jordan GrosserOutside HitterEncore Volleyball ClubRedwood City, CA
Jillian NicholsOutside Hitter, Opposite/Right SideWarriors Volleyball ClubWestchester, NY
Lily RaySetterClub 1Plainfield, IL
Drew RogersOutside HitterClub 1Plainfield, IL
Jacqueline ZapantaLibero/Defense SpecialistElevation Volleyball Club (CO)Englewood, CO
Cara AtkinsonMiddle BlockerAlabama PerformanceBirmingham, AL
Kate AupperleSetterIllini Elite VBCBloomington, IL
Grace BolesSetterRiver City JuniorsOmaha, NE
Elizabeth FeczkoLibero/Defense SpecialistPittsburgh Elite Volleyball AssociationPittsburgh, PA
Brooklyn KuslerOutside HitterKusler Klinics Volleyball Club (KKVC)Aberdeen, SD
Kaya LoboBeachTamarack Beach Volleyball ClubCarlsbad, CA
Caroline RobinsonSetterAlabama PerformanceTrussville, AL
Avery WolffSetter, Outside HitterKusler Klinics Volleyball Club (KKVC)Aberdeen, SD

Past JVA AthLeaders


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