Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club

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  • LOOKING TO ADD 12U PLAYERS

    We are looking to add approximately 3-4 more 12-and-under players.  Please contact Mike@PinnacleTahoeVolleyball.com or 530-448-0519 to inquire or participate.  FIrst practice is December 10, 2014.

     

    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.
  • 2014-2015 Teams Announced

    Teams announced from Try Outs Nov. 19-20, 2014

     

    Try out results

    See Teams >>>

     

    How do I commit and become eligible between Nov. 23-25?

    See Fees & Eligibility >>>

     

    We are looking for approximately 3-4 more 12-and-under players.  Please contact Mike@PinnacleTahoeVolleyball.com 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.

     

    See Teams >>>

  • 2014-2015 Schedules Announced

    Practices at Alder Creek Middle School

    Alder Creek Middle School

    10931 Alder Drive

    Truckee, CA 96161

     

    December 10, 17 and 18, 2014

    • TIME CHANGED SLIGHTLY December  10, 2014 at 7:00-7:30pm PARENT/PLAYER MEETING.  Parent Meeting Agenda >>>
    • Practices with team assignments
      • Wednesday December 10, 2014
        • Time changed slightly 6:00-7:00pm 12-1, 14-1 and 14-2.  Please note that basketball's practice will end at 6pm, so please stay out of the gym until 6pm.
        • 7:30-9:00pm 16-1 and 17-1
      • Wednesday December 17 and Thursday December 18, 2014
        • 5:30-7:00pm 12-1, 14-1 and 14-2
        • 7:00-9:00pm 16-1 and 17-1

     

    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

     

    NO PRACTICES

    • 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.

     

    Google Calendar >>>

     

  • Two Players Invited to USA High Performance in 2014 and Coach selected to volunteer coach with USA Women's National Team.

    Two Players Invited to USA High Performance in 2014 and Coach selected to volunteer coach with USA Women's National Team.

     

    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"

     

    Mike Welch, Club Director and 14-1 head coach, was selected to be a volunteer coach with the USA Women's National Team under Head Coach Karch Kiraly.  Mike was originally scheduled to be at the Anaheim training center in October 2014 for the 2 weeks leading up to the World Championships, but due to scheduling changes, is hopeful to re-schedule when the team returns to a training segment this winter or spring 2015.  Note the USA Women's National Team went on to win its first-ever World Championship Gold Medal!  Mike has had past National Team development coaching appointments as Head Coach of the USA Youth National Team (A1) twice (1 Gold Medal), Assistant Coach of the USA Youth National Team (A1), Head Coach at the US Olympic Festival (Silver Medal), Assistant Coach at the US Olympic Festival, as well as prior volunteer coaching with the USA Women's and Men's National Teams and national team try outs. Go USA!

     

  • Former Player Wins California Community College Championship in 2014

    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.

     

    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 >>>

  • 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!

  • Fall Clinics for Middle School and Upper Elementary

    5 Clinic Series #1:

    Mondays and Tuesdays October  6-20, 2014

    Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, and 20, 2014

    Volleyball Foundations Clinic Series

    4:45-6:00pm sessions

     

    5 Clinic Series #2:

    Mondays and Tuesdays

    Oct. 21-Nov. 4, 2014

    Oct. 21, 27, 28, Nov. 3 and 4, 2014

    Volleyball Try Out and Season Preparation Clinic Series

    4:45-6:00pm sessions

     

    Open to 4th - 8th grade girls

    Training adjusted to challenge your personal playing experience.

     

    4:45 -6:00pm each night

    Truckee Community Center

     

    Read information, pricing, and sign up >>>

  • 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 http://www.ttusd.org/pages/Tahoe_Truckee_Unified_SD/Snow_Day_Information
      • 2. Posted notification of a snow day on the front page of our website at www.PinnacleTahoeVolleyball.com. 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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