Welcome to the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association

This association is organized exclusively for educational purposes: to promote high school interscholastic volleyball; to provide a forum for discussion of techniques and rules of volleyball; to improve the quality and quantity of media coverage high school volleyball; also to promote and develop volleyball at all levels in Michigan.

Congratulations to our 2014 State Champions

Class A - Romeo

Class B - North Branch

Class C - Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central

CLass D - Battle Creek St. Phillip

Details of the State tournament can be found here - http://www.mhsaa.com/sports/girlsvolleyball/2014tournamentresults.aspx

Miss Volleyball 2014 - Katherine Carlson of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep

Tanya Carlson was an All-State volleyball player at Pontiac Catholic in 1988 and 89.

About 18 years ago she started coaching at the school renamed Notre Dame Prep, assisting longtime coach Betty Wroubel, whom she ran into while attending a basketball game.

It was about that time she gave birth to Katherine, who literally grew up in the gym.

"Literally, since the day Katherine was born she has been in the gym,'' said Tanya. "She's a gym rat. She has always been around it. She was around when Molly Coldren was there. She was the team mascot, running around at practice, shagging balls and doing her thing.''

Basketball and soccer were always Katherine's favorite sports.

"Quite honestly she could've been better in basketball,'' said Tanya.

She turned out not to be bad in volleyball.

On Monday in one of the best fields ever assembled for Miss Volleyball candidates in the state of Michigan, the coaches tabbed Carlson as the 2014 winner.

Carlson, the first winner from the school, received 177 votes. Second place was Katie Placek of Traverse City West with 116, Nicole Rightnowar of Temperance Bedford with 110; Laura Willson of North Branch with 91 and Jenna Lerg of Farmington Hills Mercy with 91. The award is presented by the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association and the Free Press.

She entered a dark gym with her mom and couldn't nearly walk as he approached the podium.

"I had no idea what was going on,'' said Carlson. "Ms. Wroubel told me I won Miss Volleyball and I couldn't believe it.

"My mom had said she lost her wedding ring and she was cleaning out my car yesterday. She was 'oh I think I left it in your car.' She pulled me out of class. I had to get my keys and go look for it.' Then she said she had something to do in the gym and she wanted me to come with her. All of a sudden it's dark and I see these lights flashing.''

Carlson currently sits at 991 kills this season and 3,165 career for her career heading into Tuesday's quarterfinal against Dearborn Divine Child at Clawson High School.

"I totally anticipate that she will go over the 1,000 kill mark for the second straight season on this Tuesday,'' said Wroubel. "This is simply just an incredible accomplishment.

"From my vantage point I cannot think of a more deserving player than Katherine Carlson. Her skill is just one thing but her love and passion, not only for the game but her teammates sets Katherine above any athlete that I have known or coached. In addition to being a great player and teammate Katherine is also an excellent student and is involved in her community.''

Carlson had a chance to showcase her talents last year in helping the Irish capture the Class B state title.

This year she has the team on track to get to Battle Creek again after a huge regional final victory at Marysville against All-American Ali Bastianelli on her home floor by coming up with 21 kills.

The 5-foot-11 outside hitter was first team All-State as a junior and was first-team All-American by Maxpreps. She was also was named first-team All-State as a sophomore. After being recruited by Notre Dame, Duke, Western Michigan, and George Washington Carlson committed to Valparaiso.

In the classroom she has a 4.37 grade-point average.

"She makes everything look so fluid and easy,'' said Wroubel.

In a field that was so impressive that two Division 1 recruits weren't on the list, both Tanya and Wroubel believed Carlson drew the attraction of coaches because of her love of the game exhibited in her play.

"It wasn't until freshman year that she developed that true passion for volleyball,'' said Tanya. "I never pushed her because it was my favorite sport. We wanted her to be a three-sport athlete. At first she seemed to gravitate towards basketball and soccer. My husband and I were big on multi-sports, using different muscle groups, different teammates; different coaches.

"I was actually surprised when she developed this huge, huge passion for volleyball.''

Carlson said basketball was her favorite sport until high school.

"It changed because I grew a little bit and I enjoyed it more,'' said Carlson. "I just enjoyed hitting the ball and getting that kill. I had a passion for the game and I think that what really drove me to where I am today.''

Ashley Knutson, one of Carlson's best friends on the team said: "It was great to see how happy she was. She plays with a lot of heart. She plays not only for herself, but for her teammates. All of her accomplishments; she always comes back to us and tell us how great we are to help her.

"She's always very humble about her accomplishments.''

Past Miss Volleyball winners

2003: LinseyTaatjes, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern

2004: Angie McGinnis, Fraser

2005: Stephanie Booms, Marysville

2006: Alisha Glass, Leland

2007: Lauren Jones, East Kentwood

2007: KyndraAbron, Livonia Churchill

2008: Olivia Kohler, North Branch

2009: Alexandra Cocklin, Birmingham Marian

2010: Jordan Fish, North Branch

2011: Maddy Doyle, Farmington Hills Mercy

2012: Amanda McKinzie, Battle Creek St. Philip

2013: Carli Snyder, Macomb Dakota

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MIVCA Coaches Committee Final Ranking 11/3/14
If you want your team to be considered for the Rankings, please send an email containing a record of all matches played and the results. In the subject line of the email put your overall record and Class and send it by 9:00 PM Saturday each week to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Class A
Rank this week Team Name Record
1 Temperance Bedford 65-5-2
2 Novi 47-5-1
3 Grand Haven 47-8
4 Lake Orion 57-10-2
5 Clarkston 47-6-1
6 Bloomfield Hills Marian 50-8-1
7 East Kentwood 38-13
8 Romeo 38-8-1
9 Mattawan 38-7
10 Grand Rapids Christian 21-3
Honorable Mention: Farmington Hills Mercy, Portage Central, Saline, West Ottawa, Byron Center, Hartland, Dewitt, Jenison, Seaholm, Lakeland
Class B
Rank this week Team Name Record
1 Notre Dame Preparatory School 51-5
2 North Branch 53-7-4
3 Chelsea 44-7-2
4 New Boston Huron 38-8-1
5 Lakewood 41-8
6 AA Gabriel Richard 32-8
7 Mt. Morris 46-19-5
8 Ida Coach did not Report
9 Marysville 43-7-1
10 GR South Christian 32-15
Honorable Mention: Cadillac, Frankenmuth, Dearborn Divine Child, Whitehall, Croswell Lexington, GR Catholic Central, Hamilton, Sturgis, Forest Hill Eastern
Class C
Rank this week Team Name Record
1 Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central 37-8-2
2 Schoolcraft 39-10-1
3 Roscommon 44-11-2
4 Morley Stanwood 50-7-3
5 Traverse City St Francis 45-5-2
6 Bronson 52-15
7 Concord 37-8-3
8 Grand Rapids North Pointe Christian 38-5-1
9 Ubly 32-5-6
10 Kent City


Honorable Mention: Calumet, USA, Charlevoix, Rogers City, Ravenna
Class D
Rank this week Team Name Record
1 Leland 36-12-4
2 Mendon Coach did not Report
3 Battle Creek St Philip Catholic Central 46-12-4
4 Camden Frontier 36-6-5
5 Waterford Our Lady Of The Lakes 21-21-5
6 Plymouth Christian Academy 26-5-2
7 Marine City Cardinal Mooney 25-6-4
8 Stephenson 25-4-4
9 Onaway 28-14-5
10 Pickford 24-0-1
Honorable Mention: Crystal Falls Forest Park, Climax Scotts, Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart, Michigan Lutheran


  • If a teams record is highlighted in green their record is up to date as of this week
  • If a teams record is highlighted in yellow they have not submitted it to the Committee for at least one week.
  • If a teams record is highlighted in red they have not submitted it to the Committee in the ast 2-3 weeks or not at all and do not assist us by participating.

 Attention All Volleyball Fans!

The Pan American Games are in Toronto, Ontario this summer - July 10-25.

If you've ever wanted to see the top level international mens & womens players 'up close and personal', then plan your road trip and vacation time for July in Toronto.

The Women's Indoor team just won made history by winning the gold medal over China at the 2014 World Championships in Italy (oh, and by the way, they were led my Michigan's own Alisha Glass)...and they will be in full swing until Rio 2016. The top teams in our half of world include: USA, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Brasil. Unbelievable athletes doing unbelievable things!

It's an opportunity not to missed. You can catch outdoor/Beach action as well and I hear that the facilities are really 'cool'...and you can take in other Olympic sports as well. See the link below and start making plans!

Hope to see you there! http://www.toronto2015.org/

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