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 2027, 2026, 2025, and 2024 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 1-April 26, 2024.

Selection Process

Awardees will be chosen by the JVA Awards Committee and announced in May 2024.

2023 JVA AthLeader Award Winners

First Name Last Name Position Graduation Year Club City, State
Alexis Barbee Setter 2023 No Limits Volleyball Yakima, WA
Aliza Vargas Libero/Defense Specialist 2023 Oklahoma Premier Volleyball Club Norman, OK
Kindyl Kilar Outside Hitter 2023 Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club Milwaukee, WI
Kinley Copeland Outside Hitter 2023 Champion Volleyball Club Winston-Salem, NC
Luke Pekol Opposite/Right Side 2023 UNO Volleyball Club Joliet, IL
Parker Moorehead Outside Hitter 2023 630 Volleyball Chicago, IL
Ryn Gaertner Outside Hitter 2023 Club Unite Volleyball Knoxville, TN
Tricia Kennedy Middle Blocker 2023 Sky High Volleyball Club Crystal Lake, IL
Zach Pekol Middle Blocker 2023 UNO Volleyball Club Joliet, IL
Zoya Winkelfoos Opposite/Right Side 2023 Black Swamp VBC Tiffin, OH
First Name Last Name Position Graduation Year Club City, State
Aaditya Awasthi Outside Hitter 2024 Minnesota Select Volleyball Club Maple Grove MN
Alec Rothe Middle Blocker 2024 Elite Volleyball Training Center Plain City, OH
Avery Jackson Outside Hitter/Beach Athlete 2024 Madfrog Volleyball Dallas, TX
Camila Villarreal Libero/Defense Specialist 2024 Carolina Legacy Volleyball Youngsville, NC
Cate Haley Libero/Defense Specialist 2024 Austin Junior Volleyball Austin, TX
Michaela Bathan Middle Blocker 2024 Eichs Volleyball Club (EVC) Plainfield, IL
Natalie Neubecker Outside Hitter 2024 Legacy Volleyball Club MI Novi, MO
First Name Last Name Position Graduation Year Club City, State
Bailey Blair Middle Blocker 2025 KIVA Louisville, KY
Ben Brzenski Libero/Defense Specialist 2025 Wave Volleyball Club Del Mar, CA
Kaitlin Shin Libero/Defense Specialist 2025 SynergyForce VBC Rocklin, CA
Kamden Mitchell Setter/Beach Athlete 2025 Stealth Beach Volleyball Phoenix, AZ
Navreen Biring Middle Blocker 2025 Minnesota Select Volleyball Club Maple Grove MN
Sydney Almquist Setter 2025 Madison Ignite Volleyball Club Madison, WI
First Name Last Name Position Graduation Year Club City, State
Ava Adams Setter 2026 Atlanta Performance Volleyball Atlanta, GA
Calia Cremascoli Middle Blocker 2026 MOD Volleyball Chicago, IL
Daniela Staton Libero/Defense Specialist 2026 Tribe Volleyball Club Deerfield Beach, FL

Past JVA AthLeaders

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