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Pass, Set, Hit
By Kamryn Comer

Pass image 1Coach Kelly Dreyfuss has been an advocate for volleyball practically her whole life. Between playing and coaching she has dedicated her life to the game and has high hopes of sparking the same fire in other children. "Coach K" as her athletes call her has been a predominant figure in the county's volleyball programs for the last 15 years.
She started off as the Peninsula Catholic High School girl's head coach from 2000 to 2004. In 2006, she coached the Menchville boys to the Peninsula District championship and the school's first-ever first-round regional playoff victory. She then moved on to be the York High's JV coach in 2007 and 2008. Since 2009, she holds the position as the Varsity and head volleyball coach at York High School.
Although her coaching for York High School is remarkable, that is not all that she has on her plate. Kelly is the owner and head director of Peninsula Juniors Volleyball Club; a volleyball association whose mission is to increase awareness and passion for the game of volleyball in teenage boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, through specialized technical instruction, fitness programs and weight training. She decided to start up PJ's because she "wanted to share the Hawaiian volleyball culture with the rising athletes here in Hampton Roads." She grew up in Hawaii where volleyball was a huge part of their "ohana" (family), culture and a way of life. Kelly states, "I feel it is my responsibility to give our athletes here in Hampton Roads the same opportunity to experience what volleyball "aloha" (love) and ohana is. When we commit to our athletes, it's for life, because they become part of our ohana."
Pass image 2The club is equipped with over 24 coaches that are all highly certified and trained. Five of the coaches this year are athletes that have come back to share and give back to the club, and eight are former NCAA volleyball athletes. Ten of them are USA Volleyball CAP 1 certified or higher (one coach is CAP III and one is CAP CADRE, the highest level before Olympic Coaching Certification). They have all taken the required USAV Impact certification classes that all coaches must take be a junior volleyball club coach. They even have a new coach who is coming from USA Volleyball headquarters and has coached Olympians in the past! Kelly says, "All 24 of our coaches are committed to coaching our athletes year round and are committed to our club philosophy of growing and developing strong, confident volleyball athletes and teaching them life lessons to take with them throughout their lives."
Players have the opportunity to join teams starting at U12 and going all the way up to U18. Last year they divided the over 100 athletes into nine different teams. Most age groups have two teams separating the skill levels. For even younger players looking for exposure, there is a program called Aloha Volleyball Academy in York County, which runs grassroots volleyball clinics for athletes ages 4 -18 and also runs youth/adult leagues.
More serious teams will travel to tournaments out of state. Last year teams traveled to Nevada, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and all throughout the state of Virginia. There are teams that stay close though, mainly doing tournaments in Richmond, Virginia Beach and Hampton.
Kelly said, "The most rewarding part of coaching is being given the opportunity to be such a huge part in many of our athletes lives. Also, to be a part of their volleyball life journey, from grassroots, to playing in college, to eventually being a coach."
The Peninsula Juniors Volleyball Club is great for players hoping to build or hone in on skills. In season, you spend most all weekends at games or tournaments with people on your team, which creates the feeling of being one big volleyball family. Feel free to contact Coach K at director@pjvbc.org or visit their website at www.pjvbc.org for more information.
Tryouts for Peninsula Juniors Volleyball Club are August 23, 24, 30 and 31. Times will be posted on the website soon.

 





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