Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club

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  • 2015 16-1 team continues strong season, 16th out of 90 at NCVA Spring Classic

    The Pinnacle Tahoe 16-1 team, led by Head Coach Carrie DeMange, finished in 16th place out of 90 teams at the NCVA Spring Classic March 7-8, 2015. The 16-1 team won 2 matches against teams seeded in the Top 20 during the tournament!


    The 16-1's started the season out strong. Competing in the 2015 NCVA California Kickoff at the San Jose Convention Center, the team finished 37th out of 98 teams. Congratulations girls.

  • 2015 14-1 team keeps getting top results in NCVA Sierra District

    The Pinnacle Tahoe 14-1, led by Head Coach Mike Welch, continues to prove being one of the top teams in the NCVA Premier League Sierra District and in the Reno District. There are over 40 teams in our region, and our 14-1 has never finished below 6th! Congratulations girls.


    NCVA Premier League #2 (March 1, 2015)

    • 2nd place in Reno District out of 13 teams. For this tournament, the NCVA grouped all the teams in Reno, Carson City, and Tahoe from the Sierra District and made a 13 team "Reno District" tournament. They proved to be one of the very best teams in the Premier League out of all the Reno, Carson City and Tahoe teams!


    NCVA Premier League #1 (February 7, 2015)

    • 6th place (Gold Division) out of 41 teams in Sierra District. The Sierra District includes teams from Sacramento to Carson City!


    NCVA Premier League Qualifier (January 24, 2015)

    • 2nd place out of 27 teams. The team ended with the 3rd seed in the Gold Division out of 43 teams in the Sierra District. The Sierra District includes teams from Sacramento to Carson City
  • 2014-2015 Teams

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    We are looking for approximately 3 more 12-and-under players.  Please contact to participate.


    Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club is a non-profit organization sanctioned by USA Volleyball and AAU Sports.  All coaches have background checks and coach certifications through at least one of these associations.  The club has between 4 to 6 teams on any given year.  Youth and Juniors girls volleyball teams in the 18U, 16U, 14U and 12U age groups.


    Teams compete in tournaments ranging from USA Volleyball National Qualifer events to local one-day events.


    Age group eligibility for teams in 2014-2015


    • 12-1 is in the 12U, 12 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after September 1, 2002.  Usually 5th and 6th grade.  Players in 4th grade and below should ask permission to sign-up.
    • 14-1 is in the 14U, 14 and Under Division: Players who were born between September 1, 2000 and August 31, 2002.  Usually 7th and 8th grades.  If you are younger, but are in 7th or 8th grade, we want you to play in this grade-appropriate age group.
    • 16-1 is in the 16U, 16 and Under Division: Players who were born between September 1, 1998 and August 31, 2000.  Usually 9th and 10th grades.  If you are younger, but are in 9th or 10th grade, we want you to play in this grade-appropriate age group.
    • 17-1 is in the 17U, 17 and Under Division: Players who were born between September 1, 1997 and August 31, 1998.  Usually 11th grade students.  If you are younger, but are in 11th grade, we want you to play in this grade-appropriate age group.


    Click on the "Teams" link to see our current season teams.


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  • 2014-2015 Schedules

    Practices at Alder Creek Middle School

    Alder Creek Middle School

    10931 Alder Drive

    Truckee, CA 96161


    January 7 - May 21, 2015 (Practices)

    • Wednesdays and Thursdays
    • 5:30-7:00pm 12-1, 14-1 and 14-2
    • 7:00-9:00pm 16-1 and 17-1



    • December 11, 2014, Gym not available
    • February 18-19, 2015, TTUSD Ski Skate Week
    • March 12, 2015, Gym not available
    • April 8-9, 2015, TTUSD Spring Break
    • April 23, 2015, Gym not available
    • ALL TTUSD Snow Days


    Competition Schedules


    Each team's competition schedule and a printable schedule is available at this link.


    Practice & Competition Schedule >>>


    To have all Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club practices and competitions automatically added and updated on your calendar, add the Google Calendar at this link.


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  • Former Pinnacle Tahoe Player Wins California Community College Championship in 2014... and now coaching Pinnacle Tahoe in 2015!

    Former Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club Player Wins California Community College Championship in 2014!


    Krysta Murphy, a former Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club player (final season 2012), and her Cabrillo College (Santa Cruz area) team won the 2013 California Community College Championship.  The Seahawks became the first NorCal team in 36 years to win the state championship Sunday when they beat out Grossmont College (San Diego) in the title match, 28-26, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19.


    She is now coaching with Pinnacle Tahoe giving back to the community girls. Krysta, and sister Kati, are co-head coaches of the Pinnacle Tahoe 14-2 team!


    On a side note, Grossmont College Head Coach Jamie Ivers was Club Director Mike Welch's assistant coach at Idaho State University, and also coached at the Peak Volleyball Lake Tahoe Camp this past July in Tahoe City.


    Read the article here.  Santa Cruz Sentinel article >>>

  • Two Players Invited to USA High Performance in 2014

    Two Players Invited to USA High Performance in 2014


    Two 2014 Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club team members were selected to participate this past summer in USA Volleyball's High Performance Program.


    Madison Bromley (14-1 team in 2014) was selected to be on the NCVA Select Regional High Performance Team and participated at the USA High Performance Championships in Tulsa, OK.  The USA HP Championships is an international tournament hosted by USA Volleyball annually and features international teams from a myriad of countries plus Region High Performance teams from all over the United States. In the last two years, teams have come from Canada, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, and Puerto Rico.


    Maddie played opposite hitter for Coach Glenn Cruz.  The team practiced in Dublin, Ca about 6 times in June and July, then traveled to Tulsa, OK July 20-27 for one additional practice and 4 days of competition.  They played teams from all over the states including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Florida, Maine, Ohio and the #1 USA HP National Team and won 3 out of 8 matches.


    During the summer of 2013, Maddie also attended the USA Volleyball High Performance hitters camp in Michigan.


    Kelly Cross (12-1 team in 2014) attended the USA HP try out in Reno and was selected to the USA Future Select National Skills Team in Edmonds, OK.  The girls practiced at the Paralympic Training Center on the University of Central Oklahoma campus.  Kelly had a great experience and stated that it was very challenging.  The training emphasized skill development, particularly focused on a faster-paced game, running a 6-2 and a 5-1 offense and setting skills.


    Kelly's highlights included:

    1. Meeting other girls who are good at volleyball from around the country;

    2. Having the opportunity to set for really good hitters in a variety of positions (RS, OH, MH and back row). She said it was really great to set for such experienced hitters and it really helped her understanding of the setting position;

    3. Dorms were really fun, especially ordering pizza to be delivered!

    4. A really positive performance review from Kelly's coaches.

    5. USA Volleyball coaches.  Kelly's favorite was "Coach Brittney"


  • Golden Results in 2014

    Pinnacle Tahoe 14-Mike finishes 3rd place in Gold Bracket League Finals Championships (out of 40 teams) in 2014


    Pinnacle Tahoe 14-M team coached by Mike Welch finishes their season with their best performance of the year.  Advancing the the League Finals Championship Semi-Finals.


    Pinnacle Tahoe 12-Murphy wins April 19, 2014 Gold Bracket Tournament Championship


    Pinnacle Tahoe 12-M team coached by Erika and Marty Murphy finished as #1 winning their April 19, 2014 tournament Championship.


    12U, 14U and 16U Teams have high Gold Division tournament finishes in January 2014


    With only a few practices in the new year so far, teams from the 12U, 14U and 16U had amazing January results.


    • 12-Murphy finished tied for 3rd place in the Gold Division out of 25 teams on January 26, 2014
    • 14-Mike finished tied for 3rd place in the Gold Division out of 36 teams on January 20, 2014 (and also finished in the Gold Division on Jan. 12 too!)
    • 16-Carrie finished tied for 5th place in the Gold Division out of 43 teams on January 18, 2014


    Congratulations to all teams, players and coaches!  Dream big and set your goals high. The future is looking golden!

  • Is it a Snow Day?

    • ALL TTUSD Snow Days (Practice Cancellation Policy)
      • Our practice facilities fall under the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) policies for snow days.  If the school district calls a cancellation of school for a "snow day", even if the afternoon clears and looks good, the facility is shut down for the remainder of the day/evening.  In addition, the Principal at Alder Creek Middle School can deem the facility shut down for all sports and usage if a storm arrives during the school day and it is progressively getting worse.
      • Therefore, a TTUSD snow day or a sports/usage shut down will effectively cancel practice.  There will be no make ups for canceled practices (we only have the gym on scheduled days).  Team coaches may work together to share courts on other days to help teams out that have cancellations.
      • Here is what Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club will attempt to do if we have to cancel practice.
      • 1. Check the TTUSD website regarding declared snow days at
      • 2. Posted notification of a snow day on the front page of our website at Please note that a power outage can make posting a notification on our website impossible.
      • 3. E-mail all on our club distribution list.  Please note that a power outage can make sending out a blast e-mail impossible.
      • We also understand safety for your family is most important.  We know some players are driving up from Reno (without 4-wheel drive) and others come over Brockway Summit.  If you feel weather conditions make it unsafe to travel, then please notify your coach as soon as possible before practice.  We expect that your call, text or e-mail will occur before practice (all messages are time stamped). Your decision should be based on safety, and not that you would prefer smore's in front of the fireplace instead of going to practice.


Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club mission attributes

Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club is a non-profit organization sanctioned by USA Volleyball and AAU Sports.  Our volleyball club has between 4 to 6 youth girls teams on any given year.  We participate in all the junior girls volleyball age groups including the 18U, 16U, 14U and 12U divisions.  Our club is inclusive for all athletes from diverse communities.  Players and coaches within our club have traditionally come from Truckee, CA; the North Lake Tahoe communities of Tahoe City, Kings Beach, and Incline Village; as well as Reno, NV.  All our coaches are professionals who have background checks and coach certifications through both of our sanctioning bodies of USA Volleyball and AAU Sports.

Our Coaching Staff


Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club has a very experienced group of Head Coaches in all our age groups.  Their experience includes:


  • Head Coach of nationally ranked college teams;
  • Assistant Coach of nationally ranked college teams;
  • College Assistant Coaches at the NCAA Division I, III, NAIA and Junior College levels;
  • Head and Assistant Coaches of the USA Youth National Teams (International Gold Medal) and US Olympic Festival (Silver Medal teams)
  • Coached USA Volleyball High Performance programs;
  • Head Coach of High School State Championship Teams;
  • Head Coach of a nationally ranked high school team;
  • Coached athletes who have become Olympians (Gold and Silver medalists), All-Americans, All-State, All-League, and Academic All-Conference honorees;
  • Former college players holding school and conference records.
  • Former college players who earned All-American, All-Conference, Most Valuable Player accolades.


Mike Welch


Mike is in his 5th year as Club Director of Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club.  He has also been Head Coach of the 14-1 and 16-1 teams.


His volleyball coaching experience includes 17 years as an NCAA Division I & II college head coach with 6 nationally ranked seasons, 5 conference championships, and 4 NCAA Tournament appearances.


Additionally, he was a 3-time USA Youth National Team (A1) Head Coach and Assistant Coach, working with players that have went on to become Gold and Silver Medalist Olympians, 5 National Player of the Year honorees, and many All-American honorees.


Denise Parker


Denise is the Head Coach of either the 18-1 or 17-1 teams with Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club.  She has college coaching experience at both Bethany College and Cabrillo College as an Assistant Coach.


Denise has extensive experience as a youth and high school level coach.  As a high school coach, she was the Head Varsity Coach at San Lorenzo Valley High School for 6 years, and spent 11 years coaching various teams in the Lake Tahoe area at Truckee High School and North Tahoe High School.   Besides coaching with Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club, Denise previously coached 3 years with Club Truckee (the predecessor to Pinnacle Tahoe) and 6 more years with Santa Cruz Mtn. Volleyball Club.


As a player, she was a 3 time MVP as Middle Blocker of the UC Santa Cruz Volleyball Team, and was the UC Santa Cruz Female Athlete of the Year.


Carrie DeMange


Carrie is the Head Coach of North Tahoe High School Varsity Volleyball Team.  In addition to being our 16-1 Head Coach, Carrie has college coaching experience at both Duke University and University of Dayton as an Assistant Coach as well.


In the college NCAA Division I ranks, Carrie was a Volunteer Assistant at the University of Dayton (OH) from 2009 to 2011.  Previously, she was the Director of Volleyball Operations at Duke University (NC) from 2008-2009.


As a player, Carrie was an All-American Honorable mention and earned 3 first team All-ACC selections at Duke University. In 2007 Carrie was selected as the ACC Player-of-the-Year and holds records as the ACC’s all-time kill leader with 1,976 kills, 3rd on ACC’s all time kills per set at 4.35 kills per set, and set Duke’s record for kills in a season with 606 kills making her among the top 20 in the country.


Kati Murphy


Kati has worked volleyball camps and clinics throughout the years. Like her sister and co-head coach Krysta Murphy, Kati is a former local player who has gone on to play in college, earn her degree, and is now giving back to the community.  She played 4 years at William Jessup University as both a middle blocker and right side hitter. Kati graduated from William Jessup in December of 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology.  She played volleyball at Truckee High school and made it to the state championships her junior and senior years. Kati was honored as a first team All-League and All-State Middle Blocker.


Krysta Murphy


Krysta has been playing volleyball for almost ten years. Like her sister and co-head coach Kati Murphy, Krysta is a former local player who has gone on to play college and earn her degree, and is now giving back to the community.  She won three high school state championships at Truckee High School in 2009,2010, and 2011 as an outside hitter. Krysta was honored with All State and All Tournament awards. Krysta went to Cabrillo College in Aptos, Ca. where she won the 2013 State Championship Title for Community Colleges in California. It was also the first time a northern California team had won. While at Cabrillo she played outside hitter and defensive specialist. After her indoor season was over at Cabrillo she played during the beach volleyball season, where she won multiple beach volleyball doubles tournaments in Santa Cruz.


Erika Murphy


Erika is the Head Coach of the Truckee High School Varsity Volleyball Team.  She was the Club Director and coach with Club Truckee from 2002-2010, which became Pinnacle Truckee, and now Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club.


As Varsity Head Coach at Truckee High School, Erika led her teams to be 2010 and 2011 NIAA (Nevada) High School State Champions.  She was named 2010 Nevada 3A Coach of the Year.  Erika was honored to be selected as a High Performance Coach for the NCVA, and traveled to the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to work with coaches from across the nation.  Erika is in ther 28th year of coaching high school, club and middle school levels.


Marty Murphy


Marty Murphy has made an impact with youth volleyball in Truckee for many years.  His experience includes 10 years coaching middle school, high school and club volleyball.


Marty earned his USA CAP I certification at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with USA National Team coaches.  He also has his IMPACT certification and is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association.


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