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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.

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Miss Volleyball 2016
Miss Volleyball 2016

Corunna star Meredith Norris lands the trophy

Outside hitter wins razor-thin vote after dental appointment

By Perry A. Farrell

Detroit Free Press

It was a long morning for Meredith Norris. She came arrived at Corunna High School with a puffy face after a dentist appointment.

Then she got a tweet from a friend, alerting her that she had been named Michigan's Miss Volleyball minutes before a celebratory assembly. Grandmothers Mary Norris and Maple Smith surprised her, along with grandfather Harvey Norris and aunt Terre Smith.

"It was still really cool," Norris said. "My face was numb until 20 minutes ago, so I'm really glad that resolved itself. That would've been awkward.''

Norris won the closest Michigan Miss Volleyball vote ever, edging Novi's Alyssa Cummings, 160-159, in voting points. Norris had 22 first-place votes; Cummings had 1! 9. "Wow," Norris said of the close vote total.

Lexi Nordmann of DeWitt was third in voting conducted by the Michigan Volleyball Coaches Association, with 127.

The 6-foot-3 senior outside hitter made up her mind at an early age that volleyball would be her ticket to a college scholarship. She is headed to Michigan State next season.

"My eighth-grade history and conditioning teacher made that phrase up for me: D-I or D-none," Norris said. "He's a lifelong friend and an amazing person. He's the AD at Fowlerville right now, Brian Osborn. He made it up for me, and I stuck to it."

Norris became only the second player in Michigan history to record 3,000 kills in her career. She also led the team to its first regional championship a! nd has a Tuesday date against Cadillac in Grayling for a chanc! e to advance to the Class B state semifinal at Battle Creek.

She has 3,093 kills, 306 aces, 2,182 digs, 289 blocks and 283 assists in her career. Norris also has the top two all-time single-game kill marks (56 and 53), according to the Michigan High School Athletic Association, and four of the top 13.

Incredibly, the team lost when she set the record against Goodrich last year.

"It was the district final,'' she said. "We had an amazing fight. We were down, 16-24, and came back and won the set, 32-30. I don't even know how to explain it. Then we came back down, 9-14, in the fifth set and came back to within 14-13, and they scored that last final point, and it was heartbreaking. We worked so hard and we just couldn't pull out the win. That same team went to the quarterfinals. Imagine if we would've ! gotten one more point."

When Norris was born in 1999, her mother, Nikki, was coaching volleyball at Corunna. As she grew up, Meredith would find herself bouncing around the gym during practices and at the end of the bench during games, soaking up what was happening on the floor.

"I remember one trip to Warren, I had both girls in the car, and she said, 'I'm doing this to get a college scholarship,' " said Nikki, now the school's athletic director. "I said, 'Oh, that is not our intention for you. That's not our expectation. I don't want you to feel the pressure that you need to get a college scholarship.' "I told her I just wanted her to do what she loved. She said, 'Well, that's what I'm going to do.'

Do you know a student-athlete with the desire or potential to play college volleyball? If so, the Michigan Prep Volleyball Recruiting Showcase is one event they won't want to miss on Saturday, December 3th, 2016 in Okemos, MI!

High school volleyball student-athletes (grades 9-12) in attendance will showcase their skills in front of college coaches while competing against top talent. Players will participate in competitive scrimmages, position-specific drills, and select combine testing.

On-court instruction will be led by former Michigan State University volleyball standout and current Okemos High School co-head coach, Allison (Ianni) Cironi.In addition to the college coaches in attendance, all results from the event will also be sent directly to our network of college coaches from all divisions throughout the country, including: Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Alpena Community College, Aquinas College, Ashford, Beloit, Butler, Calvin, Carthage, Central Michigan, Clemson, Colby, Concordia, Concordia St. Paul, Cornerstone, Davenport, Eastern Michigan, Edgewood, Elmhurst, Ferris State, Finlandia, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State, Hillsdale College, Hope College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan University, Indiana Tech, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), Iowa State, Judson University, Kalamazoo, Kankakee Community College, Lawrence Tech, Lourdes, Madonna, Marygrove College, Michigan State University, Michigan Tech, Minnesota State Moorhead, Mott Community College, North Central College, Northern Iowa University, Northern Michigan University, Northwestern University, Northwood University, Oakland University, Ohio University, Olivet College, Penn State, Purdue, Saginaw Valley State, St. Petersburg College, Trine University, University of Cincinnati, University of Colorado, University of Dayton, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, University of South Carolina, University of Toledo, Valparaiso, Wayne State, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Wichita State

For complete details & registration info, click on the link below


Coach Bre Johnson of Marshall High School was selected as one of the speakers at the AVCA national convention to be held in Columbus, OH December 14th-18th.  She will be presenting on Strength & Conditioning and Youth Volleyball Training.  Coach Johnson just wrapped up her camp this past week at Marshall High School where she had 25 kids attend the age 3 through 2nd grade camp.  One of the camp favorite drills is teaching the kids to do their approach, reach high and swing at a helium balloon.  Each balloon is measured to the right height for the individual kid then tied to a washer.  The kids had a blast doing the drill, they learned to hit with their elbow high and as a bonus they all got to take their balloon home!

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2016 All Star Teams photos below, rosters can be found here

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The National High School Athletic Coaches Association named Jodi Manore ~ Bedford Coach ~ National Coach of the Year 2016 for Volleyball.

Announcement was made at National Convention, June 25 ~ Louisville, Kentucky.

The fact that on September 4, 2015 Jodi recorded her 1,833 win as a head coach, earned her the landmark of the highest total number of wins of any coach in the nation for high school Volleyball.
"It's humbling," Manore said.  "Obviously I'm proud, but it's never been about me.  It's about the kids."

Manore has been coaching at Bedford for 31 years, and plans to continue for a few more years.
from Monroe News.

MIVCA Past President Angie DelMorone stated "Jodi has contributed so much to our sport at so many different levels, in so many different capacities.  So well deserved."

Michigan and MIVCA are lucky to have our Coach recognized on a National level.

There is an article in The Monroe News and can be found here, http:www.monroenews.com/sports/20160630/bedfords-manore-named-national-volleyball-coach-of-year


COACHES said: “Mark Rosen was OUTSTANDING.”
“Really liked ALL the speakers I listened to and cannot wait to watch video on those I missed!” 
             “Enjoyed seeing the higher level players demonstrate during the sessions.”
“WOW, what a clinic! I haven't been in a few years and forgot how much information you can pack into and take away from the clinic.”

"MICHIGAN STRONG" reflects the impact the 2016 MIVCA CLINIC will have on coaches and players around the state this season.  The Annual MIVCA CLINIC hit a four year high with over 290 participants.  Mark Rosen's expertise and his ability to connect with his audience left coaches wanting more from each session.  Whether it was Training the Transition Game, 6 on 6 Competitive Games, Using Data to Improve the Team, Winning the Passing Game or Drills Developing the Younger Player; Mark, his staff and his NCAA Elite players assisted coaches from around the state in becoming better coaches for their players.    

The addition of 12 other outstanding clinicians from the collegiate, high school and club ranks provided us with critical sessions from Building a Positive Team Culture, Attack Error Correction, Blocking, Intentional Coaching, Ways to Communicate with our Players, Conditioning and Weight Training and Team Building. The clinicians were able to touch on various styles of coaching and aspects of the game to improve our level coaching.  Our 45 demonstrators from four collegiate programs (U of M, EMU, Concordia and Madonna), and four high school programs (Ann Arbor Huron, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, South Lyon and Garden City) rounded out our "PURE Michigan" experience. 

Kathy DeBoer 2016 Clinic

The MIVCA Board and MIVCA Coaches would like to extend a sincere thank you to our wonderful school host: Ann Arbor Huron High School. Dottie Davis - Athletic Director, Michelle Julien - Athletic Secretary, Toney Cummers - Varsity Coach and their entire staff and parents.  What an outstanding group of individuals who have gone out of their way to support our association.  GO RIVER RATS!

Thank you MIVCA coaches for participating in the 2016 MIVCA Clinic; this clinic was a success because of you.  Remember to support our sponsors Baden and Schelde as well as the charitable organizations Side Out and Teal Attack throughout the year. MIVCA has an affiliate partnership with AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association).  AVCA is our national professional organization that has some outstanding educational resources and programs available to members, so if you are not a member, please consider joining to take advantage of their programs. We want to remind coaches that the sessions were videotaped by the Art of Coaching, so if you missed a session, go online to access them.

Next year the MIVCA Clinic travels to the East Lansing Area with Cathy George as lead clinician and her staff.  We look forward to your participation.


Have questions on the college recruiting process check out this free and valuable training webinar by clicking here - Free Recruiting Webinar


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