BOYS – Week of November 30

We are entering my favorite part of the calendar as a person and the most difficult part of the calendar as an athlete. As always, time management and effective planning are crucial to success. We hear lots of (fill in the blank) and almost invariably the truth is a lack of planning and/or time well spent creates the conflict.


Boys HS Camp

We are only a few weeks away from our first Boys HS Camp! The coaches and instruction will be world class. Please register today. Email Coach Rios for more information. Camp dates are Tuesday, December 15, and Wednesday, December 16. This is a must attend camp for serious volleyball athletes in Las Vegas. 

Boys HS Camp Dec 2015 flyer

Youth Program

Tonight we begin organizing our Boys 14-U team (and girls’ local teams)  that will compete locally this spring. We have two young athletes (Scott Solan and Aidan Napoli) that were able to advance to one of our travel teams after only one season participating in our Youth program. We hope you will share the news with younger brothers, cousins and friends!

YOUTH tryouts

Coaching Clinic

This Sunday, December 6, is our next Gold Medal Squared Coaching Clinic. ALL VVC coaches are expected to attend. There is no cost for VVC coaches. Want to invite a coaching friend? Email Coach Rios

GMS Coaching Clinic #2


We apologize for confusion regarding the November calendar on our website. The image showed one page omitting the final week of the month and the PDF link was two pages.

Also, the December calendar will be uploaded today by noon.

Practices & Tournaments

Please…all practices and tournaments are mandatory. We fully support student athletes and family activities AND we work to publish our competition schedule and at least a rough draft of practice schedules months in advance. Again, effective planning and time management are keys to success. We have been privileged to coach hundreds of athletes that worked to be successful in the classroom and had perfect attendance to team functions. Coaches and teammates rely on everyone attending team functions and honoring their commitments. 

Week Ahead

Monday, Nov. 30

@SMS 6:30-8:30 PM ~ Youth Team Tryouts

@ HI 5 – 7 PM  ~ 18Black / 18White

@ HI 7-9 PM ~ 17Red

Tuesday, Dec. 1

@BMMS 6:30-8:30 PM ~ 16Royal / 16White

Wednesday, Dec. 2

@SMS 6:30-8:30 PM~ 16Royal / 16White

Thursday, Dec. 3

@BMMS 6:30-8:30 PM ~ Youth Team Tryouts

@ HI 5 – 7 PM  ~ 18Black / 18White

@ HI 7-9 PM ~ 17Red

Friday, Dec. 4

@ Avis 4 PM ~ BOYS Travel Day

Saturday, Dec. 5

SCVA Points #2

Sunday, Dec. 6

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM ~ GMS Coaching Clinic 

GIRLS 18-u & 16-U

After careful consideration, we have elected to NOT field Girls’ Travel Teams in the 18-U and 16-U age groups. Instead we will focus our energy building our program organically training our first 14-U travel team and working diligently within our Youth program. 

We would like to extend an invitation to all the 16-U girls that attended a tryout to join our Youth program (local). Teams will be organized on November 30 and December 3.

Thank you to all the girls and parents that attended our tryouts. We really enjoyed meeting so many great young women and wish them nothing but success. You may email Coach Rios with questions. 


BOYS – SCVA Points #1

We look forward to seeing everyone this afternoon. Let’s make it a great weekend! 

Here are schedules for play:

Nov 21 ~ 18 & 17’s Schedule

  • 18Black plays @ ASC on Court B1 at 9 AM; followed by playoffs
  • 18White plays @ ASC on Court C2 at 8 AM; followed by playoffs
  • 17Red plays @ ASC on Court C4 at 8 AM; followed by playoffs

Nov 21 16’s Schedule

  • 16Royal plays @ ASC on Court E1 at 8 AM; followed by playoffs
  • 16White plays @ ASC on F2 & F3 at 8 AM (5-team pool; no playoffs)

Learn to manage and be responsible for your own thoughts. I can choose what to think and I can choose to believe I will be successful in this contact.

Great reminder from volleyball legend and current USA WNT Head Coach, Karch Kiraly: 

BOYS – Week of November 16

CONGRATULATIONS to VVC alumna Kendall Cheval and her Clarkson teammates! They successfully advanced to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight.


This picture is better than any bullet point on a tryout flyer. We train champions!

SCVA Q#3 (11/14/15)

As we progress through the season, our teams will find themselves in much more competitive pools with more parity amongst the teams within their pools and brackets. 

16White earned their first set win and lost a closely contested deciding set (14-16) before breaking through to win their first match of the season. We are pleased with the continued development and growth of 16White. This week we will continue to refine their understanding of rotations. Also, Coach Tanner will likely remain working with the team this week as we await the arrival of Coach CJ’s baby. Upon Coach CJ’s return, Coach Varela will assume the head coaching role for 16White permanently. 

16Royal also had somewhat of a breakthrough weekend. Finishing 5-0, a coach from another team shared how happy he was to see our team move up and away from his team! As the team continues to work harder, longer and be more organized in tough moments, we expect continued improvement. Coach Varela will likely lead this team again this coming weekend. 

17Red was in a tougher pool with teams requiring more consistency. The team improved throughout the day ultimately finishing in their bracket final. Tough days are great for learning and we are excited for another week of refinements and improvements. 

18White showed improvements during pool play with a bit of unevenness in their bracket. The team will continue to make strides balancing aggressive play with good choices and consistent play at a higher level. 

18Black held seed in their very difficult gold division pool besting a very good Rockstar team in a deciding set. We have concrete evidence now of the effort and level of play this team is capable of. We will endeavor to demonstrate both more consistently. 

Boys HS Skills Camp

We will email registration forms today via your accounts in ACTIVE. The registration form will go to the primary email address used. We are asking for registration to be completed by Friday, November 20. To register, please print the form and forward payment with your son to practice or you can mail payment to our address: PO Box 93621, Las Vegas, NV 89193. We will not open online registration. The cost of attendance is $80 per camper. The camp will include four sessions over two days. 

An optional camp, we cannot stress enough the importance of maximizing the opportunity to be taught by and seen by three of the best coaches in our sport from two of the best college programs.

Coach Shibuya helped Stanford win it’s second National Championship and is an instrumental part of the USA Youth National and USA High Performance programs. 

Coach Keller has been in national championship matches and also an instrumental part of the USA Youth National and USA High Performance programs.

Coach Hawks has served as an assistant coach to several nationally ranked teams and helped recruit teams that participated in the NCAA Final Four. He has served as USA Junior National head coach. 

This is a great, special opportunity not to be missed. Camp dates are December 15 and 16

Thank you

We asked for help with drivers this weekend and received many positive replies. Thank you to each of our wonderful responders and to Mr. Belnap for driving our team safely to and from southern CA. 

Florida Fest

Has everyone on 18Black, 18White, 17Red & 16Royal  purchased their flights to Fort Lauderale? Visit BOYS page and scroll down to find specific information.


This weekend is our third consecutive tournament and last opportunity to compete until December. Let’s make the most of the opportunity. Please ensure that we are getting as much rest as possible while continuing to manage our academic responsibilities. We will depart on Friday, November 20 at 4 PM and compete on Saturday, November 21. Currently, we should expect to have pool play followed by playoff brackets. We will post the schedules as soon as they are released. 

Practice 11/25/15

We do have practice on Wednesday, November 25 for the 18Black, 18White and 17Red teams. Please plan to attend practice.


We have tryouts tonight and Thursday of this week for our GIRLS travel 18 & 16 teams.

GIRLS 18:16 Travel Teams Tryouts


Our Youth teams (local or non-travel) will have tryouts the last week of November. We have had great success developing young talent and look forward to another exciting year. 

YOUTH tryouts

Week Ahead

Monday, Nov. 16

**Girls Tryouts 18/16’s @ HI 7-9 PM

@SMS 6:30-8:00 PM ~ Youth Clinic

@HI 5 -7 PM ~ 18Black / 18White

@HI 7-9 PM ~ 17Red

Tuesday, Nov. 17

@BMMS 6:30-8:30 PM ~ 16Royal / 16White

Wednesday, Nov. 18

@SMS 6:30-8:30 PM ~ 16Royal / 16White

Thursday, Nov. 19

**Girls Tryouts 18/16’s @ HI 7-9 PM

@BMMS 6:30-8:00 PM ~ Youth Clinic

@HI 5 -7 PM ~ 18Black / 18White

@HI 7-9 PM ~ 17Red

Friday, Nov. 20

@ Avis 3:50 ~ Travel Day 

Saturday, Nov. 21


Let’s Be GREAT!

BOYS ~ Sat., Nov 14 Schedules

It is a busy weekend for VVC. Coach Varela will continue to fill in on the 16Royal team for Coach CJ. Coach Tanner (assistant with 17Red) will fill in on 16White team for Coach Kyle. Coaches Nelson and Rios will cycle between a few teams to assist as the day progresses. Thank you for your continued support!

We are very fortunate to have such a diverse and committed coaching staff. 

Click on the image below to see overall schedules:

Nov 14 Q#3 - 18 & 17

Nov 14 Q#3 - 16's

  • 18Black plays @ 8 AM on B3 in ASC
  • 18White refs @ 8 AM on E2 in ASC
  • 17Red plays @ 9 AM on F2 in ASC
  • 16Royal plays @ 8 AM on G4 in ASC
  • 16White refs @ 8 AM on H2 in ASC