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  • Is it a Snow Day?

    We will do our best to post all TTUSD Snow Days/Pinnacle Tahoe practice cancellations right here.

     

    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.

     

    How do I know if it is a Snow Day and Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club practice has been canceled?

     

    1. You can check the TTUSD website regarding declared snow days at http://www.ttusd.org/pages/Tahoe_Truckee_Unified_SD/Snow_Day_Information
    2. You can call the TTUSD recorded telephone message at 530-582-2510 or 530-581-7020
    3. We will attempt to post a notification of a snow day on the front page of our website at www.PinnacleTahoeVolleyballClub.com. Please note that a power outage can make posting a notification on our website impossible.
    4. We will attempt to e-mail all on our club distribution list. Please note that a power outage can make sending out a blast e-mail impossible.
    5. 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 preference.
  • 2015-2016 Schedules

    Practices at Alder Creek Middle School

    Alder Creek Middle School

    10931 Alder Drive

    Truckee, CA 96161

     

    Practice & Competition Schedule >>>

     

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

     

    NO PRACTICES

    • February 15-19, 2016, TTUSD Ski Skate Week
    • March 10, 2016, Gym not available
    • April 11-15, 2015, TTUSD Spring Break
    • ALL TTUSD Snow Days

     

    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 >>>

     

  • 2015-2016 Teams

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    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 offers between 3 to 6 teams on any given year. Youth and Juniors girls volleyball teams are offered in the 18U, 16U, 14U and 12U age groups based on our best ability to accommodate the greater group of players with our staffing, facility, and financial resources available.

     

    2015-2016 Coaches:

     

    Age group eligibility for teams in 2015-2016

     

    • 12U, 12 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after September 1, 2003. Usually 5th and 6th grade. 12 and Under notes: If you are interested in participating in a 12U Development group 1 night per week starting in January, please email us at

      mike@PinnacleTahoeVolleyball.com

    • 14U, 14 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after September 1, 2001. 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.
    • 16U, 16 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999. 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.
    • 18U, 18 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after September 1, 1996 and are still in high school.  Usually 11th and 12th 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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  • Justin Malley to Head Coach 16-1 Team

    Justin Malley to Head Coach 16-1 Team

     

    Justin Malley, former Club Director and Head Coach with Silver State Volleyball Club, will be the Head Coach of the Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club 16-1 Team for the 2015-2016 season.

     

    Justin Malley brings extensive club experience and success to our 16-1 team.

     

    • Founder and Club Director of Silver State/Capital City Volleyball Club (1999-2000, 2007-2014) and Ace Volleyball Club (2000-2003; AZ).
    • NCAA DI National Champion (1995; University of Notre Dame; Assistant)
    • 19 years of club (NV & AZ), high school (NV & AZ), college (Notre Dame Women's Soccer and Men's Club Volleyball Team, & Arizona State Men's Club team) and international (China) coaching
    • Two time Arizona Desert Valley Region Coach of the Year (2001 & 2003)
    • 3 Junior Olympic bids (2009, 2013, 2014)
    • 3 Top-10 finishes in NCVA 17/18s Power League (9th - 2011, 7th - 2013, 7th - 2014)
    • 2nd Place Far Westerns (18s; 2009)
    • 2nd Place Pacific Northwest Qualifier (18s; 2009)
    • 2nd Place Colorado Crossroads (18s; 2014)
    • 4th Place Far Westerns (18s; 2014)
    • Top 25 Finish at the Volleyball Festival (2000)
    • Trained 32 NCAA DI players (1998-2014)
    • Trained 41 NCAA DII players (1998-2014)
    • Led 16-2s team to higher finish than 16-1s team at both the Far Western & Volleyball Festival (1999)
    • Accomplished indoor and beach volleyball player for over 25 years
  • Small Group Position Training New for 2015-2016! All club members to train with Mike Welch.

    Dedicated Small Group Position Training New for 2015-2016!

     

    We have added a third weekly training session for all players in Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club. Starting in January 2016, each player will have the opportunity to attend a 30 to 45 minute small group specialty position training session each week. There is no additional charge for these opportunities, as it is included with your club membership.

     

    The sessions will be designed to give individual position training for every player in the club. This will be a great opportunity to specialized instruction and ball touches focusing on your specific skills within the game. Groups will be divided into Setters/Liberos; Middle Blockers; and Outside Hitters groups.

     

    Attendance in these sessions are highly recommended, but not required. They are a bonus to the two practices a week with your team.

     

    Mike Welch will now be serving as the Technical Head Coach for the club and leads each of these position training sessions. Every player in the club will now have the opportunity to work directly with Mike each week.

     

    Mike is in his 6th year as Club Director of Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club. 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.

     

  • 2015-2016 Try Outs have been completed

    For complete try out information and registration, go to Fees & Eligibility page >>>

     

    Register Online for Try Outs

     

    Register online for try outs by November 16, 2015. The try out registration fee is $25. There will be an additional $20 late fee starting November 17, 2015.

     

    MUST be pre-registered online for the try outs. No walk up registrations will be accepted.

     

    Try outs for teams are available in the 14U, 16U and 18U age groups.

     

    12 and Under notes:

    If you are interested in participating in a 12U Development group 1 night per week starting in January, please email us at

    mike@PinnacleTahoeVolleyball.com

     

    Try Outs are Wednesday Nov. 18 and Thursday November 19, 2015

     

    Please bring your NCVA/USA Volleyball membership card or NCVA Try Out Pass to verify your current membership AND your USA Volleyball Medical Release form when checking in for try outs. Try outs are on Wednesday and Thursday. Please plan on attending both nights.

     

    • Bring your NCVA/USA Volleyball membership card (you can print an extra copy from your log in at www.NCVA.com) and your USA Volleyball Jr. Medical Release Form when checking in for try outs.
    • 14U: Check in at 5:30pm. Session will end by 7:15pm. Same schedule both nights.
    • 16U and 18U: Check in at 7:15pm. Session will end by 9:00pm. Same schedule both nights.
    • If parents would like to watch, please sit on the EAST SIDE of the gym (seating closest to the parking lot). The WEST SIDE of the gym is reserved for coaches only.
    • Players should bring full water bottles and place against the wall on the NORTH SIDE of the gym (street side of the gym that does not have seating).
    • Team selections announced by 11:59pm on Thursday November 19 by email and posted on website.

     

    Alder Creek Middle School

    10931 Alder Drive

    Truckee, CA 96161

     

    Try out results

    To be posted by November 19, 2015 before 11:59pm

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  • Two Players Invited and third is an Alternate on High Performance Teams in 2015

    Two Players Invited and Third is an Alternate on 2015 High Performance Teams this Summer

     

    Two 2015 Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club team members were selected to participate this coming summer in USA Volleyball's High Performance Program. A third player is selected as an alternate.

     

    Madison Bromley, 16-1 team in 2015, 9th grade

    NCVA Girls National Select Red High Performance Team

     

    Kelly Cross, 14-1 team in 2015, 7th grade

    USA Future Select National Development Program (A2)

     

    Ryleigh Hogland, 14-1 team in 2015, 8th grade

    Alternate on the NCVA Girls National Select Red High Performance Team

     

    Madison Bromley was selected to be on the 2015 NCVA Girls National Select High Performance Team and participate at the USA High Performance Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The USA HP Championships is an international tournament hosted by USA Volleyball annually and features the USA National Select Team (A1), international teams from a myriad of countries, and USA Volleyball Region High Performance teams from all over the United States. In the last few years teams have come from Canada, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, and Puerto Rico.

     

    Previously, Maddie was selected to the 2014 NCVA Select Regional High Performance Team and participated at the USA High Performance Championships in Tulsa, OK. 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, 14-1 team in 2015, 7th grade

     

    Kelly Cross was selected to be on the 2015 USA Future Select National Development Program (A2). She was also selected as an alternate on the USA Future Select National Team (A1).

     

    Previously, Kelly was selected to the 2014 USA Future Select National Skills Team in Edmonds, OK. The girls practiced at the Paralympic Training Center on the University of Central Oklahoma campus.

     

    Ryleigh Hogland, 14-1 team in 2015, 8th grade

     

    Ryleigh Hogland was selected as one of 4 alternates for the NCVA Girls National Select Red High Performance Team. The honor is very impressive, as the team is made up of mostly high school aged girls while Ryleigh is still in middle school. The team is made up of top players in the Northern California Volleyball Association region.

     

    Mike Welch, Club Director, stated, "I have been lucky to coach numerous past USA National Team players, two went on to be captains of our National Team, another was selected as the Beijing Olympics Best Scorer (and Silver Medalist), and another was a 3 time Olympic Gold Medalist. All these great players share some common characteristics. Of course, the minimum qualification is their athleticism. But other things separate them from the rest of the field:

    • Determination to be their best
    • Driven on a daily basis to become better
    • Not accepting anything less than being the best
    • Laser focus
    • Not allowing others to determine their success
    • Competitiveness
    • Confident to take risks and go for it

    ​I see many of these characteristics in these honored High Performance players. Great role models to emulate."

     

  • 2015 14-1 team earned great results in NCVA Sierra District and the Premier League Championships

    The Pinnacle Tahoe 14-1, led by Head Coach Mike Welch, proved to be one of the top teams in the NCVA Premier League Sierra District, and finished in 3rd place at the Premier League Region Championships Silver Division.

     

    NCVA Premier League Region Championships (May 2-3, 2015)

    • The team went 5-1 in the Premier League Region Championships Silver Division and eventually lost in the semi-finals of the Championship bracket. Good for a 3rd place finish. (Note: The team played in the Silver Division due to not scheduling a tournament over spring break and did not receive the points for that tournament.)

     

    In Sierra District play, there were approximately 45 teams in our region (teams between Sacramento, Reno, and Carson City). Our 14-1 never finished below 10th and was always in the Gold Division! Congratulations girls.

     

    NCVA Premier League #3 (March 21, 2015)

    • 10th place (Gold Division) out of 43 teams in Sierra District. The Sierra District includes teams from Sacramento, Reno, Tahoe, to Carson City!

     

    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
  • 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.

  • 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!

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 3 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.

 

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Our Coaching Staff

 

Mike Welch

 

Mike is in his 6th year as Club Director of Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club. He serves as the club's Technical Head Coach. In the past, 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 in her 6th year as the Head Coach of the 18 and under 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.

 

Justin Malley

 

Justin brings extensive club experience and success to our club this season. He was the Founder and former Club Director of Silver State/Capital City Volleyball Club (1999-2000, 2007-2014) and Ace Volleyball Club (2000-2003; AZ).  He has 19 years experience with club (NV & AZ), high school (NV & AZ), college (Notre Dame Women's Soccer and Men's Club Volleyball Team, & Arizona State Men's Club team), and international (China) coaching. He was twice named Arizona Desert Valley Region Coach of the Year (2001 & 2003). As a club coach, Justin has had 3 Junior Olympic Championship bids in past 6 years (2009, 2013, 2014), 3 Top-10 finishes in NCVA 17/18s Power League (9th - 2011, 7th - 2013, 7th - 2014), as well as top tournament finishes including 2nd Place Far Westerns (18s; 2009), 2nd Place Pacific Northwest Qualifier (18s; 2009), 2nd Place Colorado Crossroads (18s; 2014), 4th Place Far Westerns (18s; 2014), and a Top 25 Finish at the Volleyball Festival (2000). All in all, Justin has trained 32 NCAA Division I college players (1998-2014) and 41 NCAA Division II college players (1998-2014).

 

Kati Murphy

 

Kati is in 2nd year as a head coach with Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club. Kati has worked volleyball camps and clinics throughout the years. 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 is in 2nd year as a head coach with Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club. Krysta has been playing volleyball for almost ten years. 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.

 

Carrie DeMange

 

Carrie is in her 4th year as the Head Coach of the 16 and under teams with Pinnacle Tahoe Volleyball Club. Carrie is the Head Coach of North Tahoe High School Varsity Volleyball Team. 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.

 

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